The Photo Taker


Privacy & Cookie Policy

This privacy policy sets out how The Photo Taker uses and protects any information that you give The Photo Taker when you use this website.

The Photo Taker is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

The Photo Taker may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is compliant with the Data Protection Act 2018.

What we collect

The only personal information we might collect is that which is provided in Contact Me messages. Security
We are committed to ensuring that any information you do provide is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Links to other websites
Our website contains links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information
We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee may be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please


If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Search Engines
This site uses a tool which collects your requests for pages and passes elements of them to search engines to assist them in indexing this site. We control the configuration of the tool and are responsible for any information sent to the search engines.

E-mails that we send may include a process to notify us that the e-mail has been opened. If e-mails include clickable links there may be a process in place to feed back to us that links have been clicked on. Both of these are there to help us improve the e-mail service that we provide.

Understanding how and why we use cookies

We use cookies on our site ( to help create the most secure and effective website possible. This Cookie Policy explains what cookies are, how we use them and what benefits they bring. As you may be aware, recent legislation requires websites to gain visitors' consent to use certain cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone or other device for accessing the internet, whenever you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device. We use cookies for a variety of reasons, such as to determine preferences, verify the user and carry out other security checks. Some of the functions that cookies perform can also be achieved using similar technologies. This policy refers to 'cookies' throughout, however is to include these alternate mechanisms.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to accept cookies?
Currently we explain how we use them and what benefits they bring. You are asked to accept cookies.

Do The Photo Taker Cookies contain my personal information?

Our cookies do not store personal information such as your name, address, telephone or email. We do use a small number of cookies that store encrypted versions of information where you have asked us to, such as the 'Remember me' function that allows us to remember your username for subsequent visits. However, this is encrypted so that only The Photo Taker can read this information. 

Do cookies mean I could get cold calls or junk mail?
No, the data gathered through cookies is not able to or ever used  contact you via post, email or phone.

Can cookies pass on my personal information to others?

Do cookies compromise my security when I'm logged on to the Internet?
The cookies we use are completely safe and secure. In fact, they are used typically to provide important security features. 

Can cookies allow others access to my computer's hard drive?
The cookies we use cannot look into your computer, smartphone or web-enabled device and obtain information about you or your family or read any material kept on your hard drive.

If I use a public computer, will someone be able to get my details from the cookies?
Our cookies cannot be used by anyone else who has access to the computer to find out anything about you. We would however request that you do not use the “remember me” feature on a computer in a public place such an internet cafe.

How cookies make our website safer and easier to use

Cookies are used for a variety of reasons, such as to safeguard your privacy when browsing the site & to make the Remember Me function operate. Finally, we use 'analytics' cookies to help us make our website better for those who visit it regularly. They help us work out what users like and don't like and how we can improve things for you. When we include links to other websites, please bear in mind they will have their own privacy and cookie policies that will govern the use of any information you submit. We recommend you read their policies as The Photo Taker is not responsible or liable for their privacy practices.

How we work with trusted third parties

Third parties are trusted suppliers to The Photo Taker, and include search engines as well those partners who provide important functionality to our website, such as our forum & gallery. We only use cookies from third parties in order to provide our users with The Photo Taker website functionality. The only time cookies would enable us to share your information is when you have given us express consent to pass it on to a trusted third party – currently there are none & none are planned for the foreseeable future.

Please also note that, if you use one of the ‘sharing tools’ on our website to share content using social networks (facebook etc.), these social networks may install a cookie on your device. The Photo Taker does not control these cookies and you should check the privacy policy of the relevant website for more information.

How We Use Cookies

The following is a list of cookies used by our website, and what they are used for:


Type: Session

Description: The reason it's there is that HTTP (Web protocol) is a "stateless protocol". Each page is completely independent of all others. In other words, when you go from one page to another, the web server has no way of knowing. You could be on same you that was just on the other page. So, it doesn't know where you've been without a little help. This can be done by one of (at least) two ways. One is to generate a random "session ID" (PHPSESSID) and carry it from page to page as an ID of you moving around the site. That's annoying to see in the URL. The other (which we use) is to drop a "cookie" on your PC, containing a randomly generated ID. Each time you load a page, the server is told if a cookie exists and what the ID is inside it. That way it can keep track of your movement through a site (that you've signed on, selected merchandise, etc.) without cluttering up the URL for each page. We will destroy the cookie (expire it) when it's done with a given session, rather than tracking you over time.

Name: tpt_c

Type: Renewable after 1 year.

Description: Stores your acceptance of cookies.

Name: _utma,  _utmb,  _utmc,  _utmz

Type: Session

Description: Google Analytics cookies. Google Analytics is software that lets us analyse how visitors use our site. We use this information to improve our website and provide the best experience to visitors.
These cookies collect data in an anonymous form. Please see Google's privacy policy for further information. 
To opt out of these cookies, please visitGoogle's website.

How you can manage your cookies

The browsers of most computers, smartphones and other web-enabled devices are typically set up to accept cookies. If you wish to amend your cookie preferences for this website or any other websites, you can do this through your browser settings. However, please remember that cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it is likely to affect how our website works.

Blocking Cookies

The majority of web browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari etc.) will allow you to block cookies from being installed on your device via your browser settings.
Depending on your browser, further information can be obtained via the following links:

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Mobile phone users may have to refer to their handset manual for details on how to block cookies using their mobile browser.

Please be aware that blocking cookies will stop our website from working correctly.

Deleting Cookies

The majority of web browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari etc.) will allow you to delete selected / all cookies currently installed on your device.
Depending on your browser, further information can be obtained via the following links:

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Similarly, mobile phone users may have to refer to their handset manual for details on how to delete cookies using their mobile browser.

Please note that this will usually only remove any cookies currently installed on your device; you must also change your browser settings (above) if you wish to prevent cookies being installed in future. Please be aware that deleting cookies already stored on your device may impact on the usability of our website.

More information about cookies can be found on