Privacy Policy

Who I am

I am Damian Oxborough – a freelance music teacher based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, and teaching predominantly from my home address..  My website addresses are: and

What personal data I collect offline and why I collect it

Your contact details

I will collect and keep your contact details (your name, telephone numbers, postal address and email addresses) on a secure, password protected database.  These details are for me to use in order to communicate with you about your lessons, send reminders etc, and are never passed on to any other parties, except when you make a payment by credit or debit card (see below).

Card transactions

All card transactions made to me go through Stripe – an international and fully secure server.  I do not retain any information from your card (card numbers etc) and will never ask you for your PIN number.  Information such as your card number, expiry date and security number will be entered into Stripe’s secure online portal each time a transaction takes place.  Other details such as your email address and phone number are collected at the point of booking and are retained by both Stripe and SquareSpace Scheduling.

Photos, sound recording and videos of you or your child

As part of my activities as a music teacher, I occasionally use recording equipment to capture still images, audio recordings and video recordings of students giving musical performances (including those at my student concerts).  These recordings are made with a view to sharing them with the students and their families, and to promote my service on this website and on social media.  I understand that some people would prefer not to have recordings of themselves or their children on public networks, and I fully respect this decision.  If you do not want me making recordings of your performances or those of your child, please contact me directly in writing to let me know – no recordings of any kind will then be made of you or your child.

What personal data I collect online and why I collect it

Lesson notes

During lessons with me, I make detailed notes about the work that takes place in lessons, and the tasks that I would like students to do over the following days.  This document is placed on a secure Google Docs server, and always shared with students and parents.

Website Uploads

When visitors leave comments on this website I 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.

All information you submit to my contact form (including your name and contact details) will be retained by me until such a time that I no longer require the use of that information to follow up your enquiry.


If you leave a comment on my 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, I 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, I 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.


How long I retain your online data

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

For users that register on my website (if any), I 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 online 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 I hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your online data

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

Agreeing to the above policies

All customers will be directed to this Privacy Policy page to read in full, either when they first approach me about my service or, in the case of current students, in July 2018.  Thereafter, registering and using my service will be taken as your explicit agreement of the policies above.  Should you wish to opt out of any policy (such as my practise of recording student performances etc.) you should contact me immediately using the sheet below.

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