Advice - Welcome / Privacy and cookies

The Freelance Fees Guide does its utmost to respect your privacy. When you visit this guide, the site sets a "session identifier" cookie. Since this is essential to the functioning of the Fees Guide, we are not required by law to ask your permission before setting it.

This cookie is accessible to - it can be "read" by - only this website. It is deleted when you close your browser (that is, the program you run on your computer or phone in order to view this website - such as Mozilla Firefox or Safari or Opera or Microsoft Internet Explorer).

Given their evanescence and our promise not to reveal any information, the risk of these cookies posing any threat to your privacy is "vanishingly small" - as physicists say when describing the odds on a whirlwind in a junkyard accidentally assembling a working metropolitan railway.

What are ‘cookies’ and should you worry?

Cookies are small files stored on your computer. Each contains:

  • an expiry date (which may be "never");
  • an indication of what websites may read it; and
  • a short text code - examples are a "session number" or a "unique visitor number".

When one of these persists, the next time you visit a site that has permission to read it, the program running that site can refer back to your previous visits. This kind of information on your web travels is of value to advertisers and possibly others.

As described above, cookies set by the Freelance Fees Guide do not persist. Their expiry date is set to "At end of session".

General privacy questions: our promise

This website does everything it can to avoid collecting any other information on you or your visit.

There is, somewhere, a log of all recent visits, but we do not have access to it and it is deleted monthly or more often.

We will never reveal to any third party any information which we may have gathered, deliberately or accidentally, unless you count it being prised from our cold, dead fingers.

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