Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

The Johnstown Community Alerts web app is a tool that can be used by community members and neighbourhood watch groups to notify other members of any suspicious or potential criminal activity.

The Johnstown Community Alerts web app was developed and is maintained by local resident Peter Heylin.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Account Registration

We collect your email address during the account registration. This is done to protect the website and it’s users from spam and other malicious content that may be uploaded if account registration was not done. We will also use your email address to notify you when a new Alert is posted. Alert notifications are only sent after posts are carefully reviewed by the website administrator. This ensures that notifications are only sent for genuine posts.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

We will never share or sell your data with anyone. The only exception is if a request or order is made by a Courts service or the police service for the release of this information.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Additional information

How we protect your data

The website is secured with a security certificate which encrypts your name and email address during registration and login processes. This information is securely stored in a database where passwords are hashed or masked. Only the user knows there password. We never make requests for you to share your password with us and we recommend you keep your password secure and do not share it with anyone.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the unlikely event of a data breach, we will contact all users with details of what happened and any corrective action taken. We will also notify the relevant authorities and keep them informed of the cause and corrective actions.

What happens in the event of website closure

In the event that the website or web app ceases to exist, all data will be deleted.

Who you can contact

If you have any questions or require support with regard to this privacy policy or any of the terms of use of this web app, please email

If you would like to make a request for a copy of the data that is stored or would like to request account closure, please also email