Privacy Notice: how we process your personal information

The identity and contact details of the data controller

The Data Controller for the hifi hobbyist site is Alan Gillies (Learning Consultancy) Limited.

Alan Gillies (Learning Consultancy) Limited is a limited company registered in the UK (Reg No 07409872) registered for VAT (VAT Registration Number:192087884), and registered with the information commissioner’s office for the processing of personal information.  

To contact the Data Controller, please use the contact form on the site or email Professor Alan Gillies at

Purpose of the processing and the lawful basis for the processing 

The hifi hobbyist siteonly collects personal information for the purpose of managing your subscrind communicating with you in relation to the site

The legal basis for processing is that the information is necessary for the provision of the our service, in accordance with the 2018 Data Protection Act and GDPR Article 6.1.b: 

“processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract” 

The information collected is not used for any other purpose, or will not be shared with any third party except in the following exceptional circumstances 

  • In cases where we are required by law to pass on information or if we believe action is necessary for fraud, cyber crime or to protect the website, rights, personal safety of person/s. 
  • If we sell our business. 

We may also share aggregate statistics about visitors to our website (customers and sales) in order to describe our services to prospective partners (advertisers, sponsors) and other reputable third parties and for other lawful purposes, but these statistics will include NO personally identifiable information.

Our site may contain adverts which if you click on them may take you to third party sites where your personal information may be be processed for other purposes.

Categories of personal data 

The only data collected is name and email address. No special category data is collected.

Any recipient or categories of recipients of the personal data  

There are no recipients of the personal data.

Details of transfers to third country and safeguards  

Our data is held on a UK data centre, and is not transferred outside the UK 

Retention period or criteria used to determine the retention period  Names and email addresses are held for the duration of the subscription. 

The existence of each of the data subject’s rights 

Data subjects whose details are incorrect can notify the data controller using the contact form or by emailing and they will be corrected. Data subjects who terminate their subscription can have their details erased immediately on request. For users seeking anonymity, they may use a non-personal email address and a pseudonym if required to enable them to access the system. Data subjects who object to the use of their name and email address can notify the data controller using the contact form or by emailing to resolve their objections. 

The data controller will confirm the name and email details stored to any subscriber subject to verifying the identity from which the query originates. 

The right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority 

Data subjects have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office by  •  Helpline. Call them on 0303 123 1113, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.  

  • Live chat. Have an online conversation with someone at the ICO at  
  • Email. Use the form at  

The source the personal data originates from and whether it came from publicly accessible sources  

Your name and email address are collected at registration for our site

Whether the provision of personal data part of a statutory or contractual requirement or obligation and possible consequences of failing to provide the personal data 

The information is necessary for registration. However, it may be possible to use a pseudonym and non-identifiable business email address if desired. 

The existence of automated decision making, including profiling and information about how decisions are made, the significance and the consequences.  

We do not use automated decision making or profiling of any kind 

Cookies & monitoring 

A cookie is a small text file that we store on your device. Our website uses cookies to distinguish from other users of the website. Cookies also provide us with information about how this website is used so we can keep it as up to date, relevant and error-free as possible. • Strictly necessary cookies – These are cookies that are essential to the operation of our website. 

  • Analytical/performance cookie – These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website. 
  • Functionality cookies – These cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our website. 
  • Targeting Cookies – These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. 

We may monitor traffic to our site and collect the following information: 

  • The IP address of your computer. 
  • The referring website from which you have got to our website from. The reasons for this are: 
  • To make ongoing improvements to our website based on this data. 
  • To see our most popular sources of business.