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Website Privacy Policy (Last updated 19/09/2018)

This Privacy Notice (“Privacy Notice”) applies to users of the Hopscotch Consulting Limited website at hopscotchconsulting.co.uk (“Site”) and any of the services we offer, including from the Site (“Services”). We respect the privacy of our Site visitors and every person who uses our Services, and we are committed to ensuring a safe online experience for all.


1. PURPOSE OF THIS PRIVACY NOTICE
This Privacy Notice explains our approach to any personal information that we might collect from you or which we have obtained about you from a third party and the purposes for which we process your personal information. This Privacy Notice also sets out your rights in respect of our processing of your personal information.

This Privacy Notice informs you of the nature of the personal information about you that is processed by us and how you can request that we delete it, update it, transfer it and/or provide you with access to it.
This Privacy Notice is intended to assist you in making informed decisions when using the Site and our services. Please take a moment to read and understand it. It should be read in conjunction with our Cookie Policy.
This Privacy Notice only applies to the use of your personal information obtained by us, whether from you directly or from a third party. It does not apply to personal information collected by third parties during your communications with those third parties or your use of their products or services (for example, where you follow links to third party websites over which we have no control, or you purchase goods or services from those third parties).

2. ABOUT US
The Site and our Services are made available by Hopscotch Consulting Limited (“Hopscotch”, “we”, “us, “our”). Hopscotch is the data controller responsible for your personal information.

Hopscotch is a limited liability company registered in England and Wales under registered company number 07427579 with its registered office address at Nicholson House, 41 Thames Street, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8JG and principal place of business at 008 Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS.

3. HOW TO CONTACT US
If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice or want to exercise your rights set out in Section 15 of this Privacy Notice, please:

  • Send us an email to: hello@hopscotchconsulting.co.uk
  • Call us on: +44 (0) 3735 8440
  • Write to us at: Hopscotch Consulting Limited, 008 Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS

4. WHO WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT
We collect and process personal information from the following people:

  • Site visitors
    If you browse our Site, contact us with an enquiry through our Site or use any services available on our Site, we will collect and process your personal information in connection with your interaction with us and our Site.
  • Clients
    If you are a client in your own right, we will collect and process your personal information in connection with the provision of our Services to you and our wider relationship with you as a client.
  • Event attendees
    If you attend one of our events, such as a breakfast seminar, we will collect and process your personal information in connection with your attendance at our event.
  • Educators
    If you are an educator (such as a teacher or education writer) who we engage to assist us in relation to the provision of Services to our clients, we will collect and process your personal information in connection with our work with you and your assistance on our programmes.
  • Suppliers (including subcontractors) 
    If you supply products or services to us on your own behalf, we will collect and process your personal information in connection with our receipt of products and services from you and, where relevant, our provision of products and services to our clients and others.
  • Individuals who work for our clients, prospects and suppliers
    Corporate entities and other organisations are not data subjects, although any individuals who work for them are. If you work for or otherwise represent an organisation which is one of our clients, prospects or suppliers and you are engaging with us on behalf of that organisation, whether through our Site or otherwise, we will collect and process your personal information in connection with our receipt or provision of products and services and our wider relationship with your organisation.
  • Job applicants
    If you apply for a job with us, whether through the Site or otherwise, we will collect and process your personal information in connection with your application.

5. PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT AND HOW WE USE IT
Our primary reasons for collecting personal information from you is to: (i) provide our Services to our clients and others; (ii) verify your identity (where applicable); (iii) help us improve our Site and our Services and develop and market new products and services; (iv) carry out requests made on our Site; (v) investigate or settle enquiries or disputes; (vi) comply with applicable law, court order, other judicial process and the requirements of regulators; (vii) enforce our agreements with you; (viii) protect the rights, property and safety of us or third parties, including our other clients and users of the Site and our products and services; (ix) provide support for the provision of our Services; (x) carry out recruitment activities; and (xi) use as otherwise required or permitted by law.

In particular, we use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • Fulfilment of our Services.
    We collect and maintain personal information that you voluntarily submit to us during your use of our Site and the Services we offer (on our Site or otherwise), whether for yourself or on behalf of any organisation you represent.
    Provision of Services: We process your name and contact information (including email address and telephone number) and, where applicable, your payment information, so that we can fulfil the supply of Services you have requested from us, including through our Site. Certain Services we offer, through the Site or otherwise, are also subject to specific terms and conditions which apply to your purchase and use of such Services. Your access to and use of our Site, including any secure areas, is subject to the terms contained in this Policy.
    Hopscotch Events: We process your name and contact information (including email address, postal address and telephone number) to communicate with you about the events we organise from time to time, such as our breakfast seminars. We will also use your personal information to record your attendance at the relevant event and for related record-keeping purposes and, if relevant, we may collect and process any dietary requirements you may have. You may also feature in photographs taken at our events and such photographs may be published on our website for the purpose of post-event publicity on our Site and in our publications and client communications.
    Your contributions to our publications: If you write an article for us or contribute in any other way to any of the publications and other materials we produce for our clients and our Site, we will may, where appropriate, use your personal information (such as your name and job title) to credit you for your contribution.
    Our legal basis for processing
    It is necessary for us to use your personal information to perform our obligations in accordance with any contract that we may have with you, or it is in our legitimate interest or a third party’s legitimate interest to use personal information in such a way to ensure that we provide the Services requested by our clients and others in an effective and efficient way.

  • General enquiries
    Our Site features a “Contact Us” page which invites you to submit enquiries about our Site, our organisation and our Services by email, telephone and post. When you make an enquiry, we will collect and process your name, contact information (including email address and/or telephone number), the name of your organisation and any personal information you volunteer that is relevant to your enquiry. This information is used to enable us to manage and respond to your enquiries and requests.

    Our legal basis for processing
    It is in our legitimate interest to use your personal information in such a way to ensure that we are able to help you with your enquiry and provide a good standard of service to you.

  • Surveys and feedback
    From time to time, we will invite you to provide feedback about us or our Services in the form of online or postal surveys. We will usually follow up with a telephone call. We will collect and process your name and contact details (including email address, postal address and telephone number, as applicable) and any other personal information you choose to volunteer in your survey response or other feedback.
    We use this information to help us improve the quality of service provided by our personnel. We also use your feedback to monitor and improve the quality of our Services and to assist with the selection of future product and service lines.

    Our legal basis for processing
    It is in our legitimate interest to use the personal information provided by you in your feedback for the purposes described above.

  • Insight and analysis
    We analyse your contact details with other personal information that we observe about you from your interactions with our Site, and/or with our products and services.
    We use cookies, log files and other technologies to collect personal information from the computer hardware and software you use to access the Site, or from your mobile device. This includes the following:

    • an IP address to monitor Site traffic and volume;
    • a session ID to track usage statistics on our Site; and
    • information regarding your personal or professional interests, demographics, experiences with our products and contact preferences.

    Our web pages may contain cookies, web beacons and pixel tags (“Tags”). Tags allow us to count users who have visited a web page and collect other types of aggregated information. 

    Please see our Cookie Policy below for further information.
    This information is used to create insights about our visitors’ browsing habits on our Site. Where we have your consent to do so, we will also use your location data for insight and analysis purposes.
    By using this information, we are able to measure the effectiveness of our content and how visitors use our Site and our Services. This allows us to learn what pages of our Site are most attractive to our visitors, which parts of our Site are the most interesting and what kind of features and functionalities our visitors and clients like to see.
    We also use this information to help us with the selection of future product and service lines and website design and to remember your preferences.


    Our legal basis for processing
    Where your personal information is completely anonymised, we do not require a legal basis to use it as the information will no longer constitute personal information that is regulated under data protection laws. However, our collection and use of such anonymised personal information may be subject to other laws where your consent is required. Please see our Cookie Policy for further details.
    Where your personal information is not in an anonymous form, it is in our legitimate interest to use your personal information in such a way to ensure that we provide good quality services to you and our other clients.
    We will only use your location data for insight and analysis purposes where we have your consent to do so.

  • Marketing activities
    We carry out the following email marketing activities using your personal information. We use your name and email address to send you (or the organisation you represent) marketing communications by email, where you have consented to receive such marketing communications or where we have another lawful right to do so. Such communications will include information about the Services we offer from time to time.

    Our legal basis for processing
    We will only send you marketing communications by email where you have consented to receive such communications, or where we have another lawful right to do so.

  • Recruitment
    We use your personal information for recruitment purposes, in particular, to assess your suitability for any position for which you may apply for with us, whether such application has been received by us online, by email or by hard copy and whether submitted directly by you or by a third party recruitment agency on your behalf. We also use your personal information to communicate with you about the recruitment process, to keep records about our recruitment process and to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations in relation to recruitment.
    We will process any personal information about you that you volunteer when you apply for a job with us. We may also process your personal information obtained from any third parties we work with in relation to our recruitment activities, including without limitation, recruitment agencies, background check providers, credit reference agencies, your referees and the Disclosure and Barring Service (if applicable).
    The personal information we process may include your name and contact information (including your email address, postal address and telephone number), personal information concerning your education, qualifications and employment history and any other personal information which appears in your curriculum vitae and covering letter, which you volunteer in an application form or during an interview or which is contained in any reference we receive about you. Such information may also include special categories of personal information (such as information about your health, any medical conditions and your health and sickness records) and information relating to criminal convictions and offences if that information is relevant to the role you are applying for.
    We also use your personal information for the purposes of reviewing our equal opportunity profile in accordance with applicable legislation. We do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis covered by local legislation. All employment-related decisions are made entirely on merit.

    Our legal basis for processing
    Where we use your personal information in connection with recruitment, it will be in connection with us taking steps at your request to enter into a contract we may have with you or it is in our legitimate interest to use personal information in such a way to ensure that we can make the best recruitment decisions.
    We will not process any special (or sensitive) categories of personal information or personal information relating to criminal convictions or offences except where we are able to do so under applicable legislation or with your explicit consent.
  • Receipt of services from suppliers
    If we have engaged you or the organisation you represent to provide us with products or services (for example, if you or the organisation you represent provide us with services such as IT support or financial advice), we will collect and process your personal information in order to manage our relationship with you or the organisation you represent, to receive products and services from you or the organisation you represent and, where relevant, to provide products and services to our clients and others.
    The personal information we collect from you may include your name, job title, contact information (including email address, telephone number and postal address), bank account or other payment details and any other personal information you volunteer which is relevant to our relationship with you or the organisation you represent.

    Our legal basis for processing
    It is necessary for us to use your personal information to perform our obligations in accordance with any contract that we may have with you or the organisation you represent or it is in our legitimate interest to use personal information in such a way to ensure that we have an effective working relationship with you or the organisation you represent and are able to provide our products and services to our clients and others in an effective way.

  • Receipt of services from educators 
    If you are an educator (such as a teacher or education writer) whom we have engaged to assist with our education programmes and/or other Services, we will collect and process your personal information in order to receive services from you, to manage our relationship with you and, where relevant, to provide our Services to our clients and others.
    The personal information we collect from you may include your name, contact information (including email address, telephone number and postal address), job title, professional qualifications and experience, bank account or other payment details, personal information contained in any written work you undertake for us and any other personal information you volunteer which is relevant to our relationship with you.

    Our legal basis for processing
    It is necessary for us to use your personal information to perform our obligations in accordance with any contract that we may have with you or it is in our legitimate interest to use personal information in such a way to ensure that we have an effective working relationship with you and are able to provide our Services to our clients and others in an effective way.

  • Business administration and legal compliance
    We use your personal information for the following business administration and legal compliance purposes
    • to comply with our legal obligations;
    • to enforce our legal rights;
    • to protect the rights of third parties; and
    • in connection with a business transition such as a merger, reorganisation, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of our assets

Our legal basis for processing
Where we use your personal information in connection with a business transition, to enforce our legal rights or to protect the rights of third parties, it is in our legitimate interest to do so. For all other purposes described in this section, we have a legal obligation to use your personal information to comply with any legal obligations imposed upon us such as a court order.We will not process any special (or sensitive) categories of personal information or personal information relating to criminal convictions or offences except where we are able to do so under applicable legislation or with your explicit consent.

  • Any other purposes for which we wish to use your personal information that are not listed above, or any other changes we propose to make to the existing purposes, will be notified to you using the contact details we hold for you.

6. IF YOU FAIL TO PROVIDE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Where we are required by law to collect your personal information, or we need to collect your personal information under the terms of a contract we have with you, and you fail to provide that personal information when we request it, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you. This may apply where you do not provide the personal information we need in order to provide the Services you have requested from us or to process an application for employment with us. In this case, we may have to cancel your application or the provision of the relevant Services to you, in which case we will notify you.

7. HOW WE OBTAIN YOUR CONSENT
Where our use of your personal information requires consent, you can provide such consent:

  • at the time we collect your personal information following the instructions provided; or
  • by informing us by email, post or telephone using the contact details set out in Section 3 of this Policy, “How to Contact Us”..

8. OUR USE OF COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES
Our Site may use certain cookies, web beacons, pixel tags, log files and other technologies. Please see our Cookie Policy below to find out more about the cookies and other technologies we use, the purposes for which we use them and how to manage, block or delete them.

9. THIRD PARTY LINKS AND SERVICES
Our Site contains links to third party websites and services. When you use a link to go from our Site to another website or you request a service from a third party, this Privacy Notice no longer applies.
Your browsing and interactions on any other websites, or your dealings with any other third party service provider, is subject to that website’s or third party service provider’s own rules and policies. For example, our website invites you to connect with us on social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn. When you click on the links we provide to such platforms, you will be transferred from our Site to the relevant platform and the privacy notice (and other terms and conditions) of that platform will apply to you.
We do not monitor, control or endorse the privacy practices of any third parties.
We encourage you to become familiar with the privacy practices of every website you visit or third party service provider that you deal with and to contact them if you have any questions about their respective privacy notices and practices.
This Privacy Notice applies solely to personal information collected by us through our Site, the supply of our products and services and/or in connection with our business operations and does not apply to these third party websites and third party service providers.

10. SHARING DATA
We will only share personal information with others when we are legally permitted to do so. When we share personal information with others, we put contractual arrangements and security mechanisms in place to protect the personal information shared and to comply with our data protection, confidentiality and security standards and obligations.

When processing your personal information we may need to share it with third parties as follows:

Third-party organisations that provide applications/functionality, data processing or IT services: We share personal information with third parties who support us in providing our Services and help provide, run and manage our internal IT systems. Such third parties may include, for example, providers of information technology, cloud-based software as a service providers, identity management, website hosting and management, data analysis, data back-up, security and storage services. The servers powering and facilitating that cloud infrastructure are located in secure data centres around the world, and personal information may be stored in any one of them. We also share your personal information with third-party service providers to assist us with insight analytics. These providers are described in our Cookie Policy.

Payment providers and banks: We share personal information with third parties who assist us with the processing of payments and refunds.

Delivery and courier companies: We share personal information with third-party delivery companies and couriers who help deliver the products and services that our clients and others order from our Site or otherwise, such as client communications and our postal marketing.

Third-party email marketing and CRM specialists: We share personal information with specialist suppliers who assist us in managing our marketing database and sending out our email marketing and client to our clients, prospects and other subscribers.

Event management and ticketing services: We share personal information third-party suppliers who help manage any events that we host, including to send out invites to those events and to provide online ticket booking services.

Recruitment agencies and related organisations: We share personal information with external recruiters, third-party providers that undertake background checks on our behalf and other entities within our group of companies.

Auditors, lawyers, accountants and other professional advisers: We share personal information with professional services firms who advise and assist us in relation to the lawful and effective management of our organisation and in relation to any disputes we may become involved in.

Law enforcement or other government and regulatory agencies and bodies: We share personal information with law enforcement or other government and regulatory agencies or other third parties as required by, and in accordance with, applicable law or regulation.

Other third parties: Occasionally, we may receive requests from third parties with authority to obtain disclosure of personal information, such as to check that we are complying with applicable law and regulation, to investigate an alleged crime, or to establish, exercise or defend legal rights. We will only fulfil requests for personal information where we are permitted to do so in accordance with applicable law or regulation.

This list is non-exhaustive and there may be circumstances where we need to share personal information with other third parties in order to operate our Site and provide our products and services.

11. TRANSFERS OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (“EEA”)
Where necessary in order to deliver our Services, we will transfer personal information to countries outside the EEA.

Non-EEA countries do not have the same data protection laws as the United Kingdom and the EEA. However, when transferring your personal information outside the EEA, we will comply with our legal and regulatory obligations in relation to your personal information, including having a lawful basis for transferring personal information and putting appropriate safeguards in place to ensure an adequate level of protection for the personal information.

We will take reasonable steps to ensure the security of your personal information in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

When transferring your personal information outside the EEA, we will ensure that at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:

Adequacy decisions: We will only transfer your personal data to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data by the European Commission. For further details, see https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/data-transfers-outside-eu/adequacy-protection-personal-data-non-eu-countries_en  

Model clauses: Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe. For further details, see https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/data-transfers-outside-eu/model-contracts-transfer-personal-data-third-countries_en

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between Europe and the US. For further details, see https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/data-transfers-outside-eu/eu-us-privacy-shield_en

Please contact us if you would like further information on the specific mechanisms used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA.

12. HOW LONG WE KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Regarding personal information we have processed in connection with the supply of our products and services to any client, we will retain personal information relevant to that supply of products or services for six years from the date of supply and in compliance with our obligations under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (or similar legislation around the world). We may then destroy such files without further notice or liability.

Regarding any other personal information we have processed, we will retain relevant personal information for three years from the date of our last interaction with the relevant individual and in compliance with our obligations under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (or similar legislation around the world). We may then destroy such files without further notice or liability.
If any personal information is only useful for a short period (e.g. for a specific event or marketing campaign or in relation to recruitment), we may delete it at the end of that period.
If you have opted out of receiving marketing communications from us, we will need to retain certain personal information indefinitely so we know not to send you further marketing communications in the future.

13. CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We are committed to keeping the personal information you provide to us secure and we will take reasonable precautions to protect your personal information from loss, misuse or alteration.

We have implemented information security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal information that we have under our control from:

• unauthorised access;
• improper use or disclosure;
• unauthorised modification; and
• unlawful destruction or accidental loss.

All our employees and data processors (i.e. those who process your personal information on our behalf, for the purposes listed above) who have access to and are associated with the processing of personal information are obliged to respect the confidentiality of the personal information of all users of our Site and our products and services.

14. PERSONAL INFORMATION OF CHILDREN
This Site is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect the personal information relating to children.

  • Your right of access. If you ask us, we will confirm whether we are processing your personal information and, if so, provide you with a copy of that personal information (along with certain other details). If you require additional copies, we may charge a reasonable fee for producing those additional copies.
  • Your right to rectification. If the personal information we hold about you is inaccurate or incomplete, you are entitled to have it rectified. If we have shared your personal information with others, we’ll let them know about the rectification where possible. If you ask us, where possible and lawful to do so, we will also tell you who we’ve shared your personal information with so that you can contact them directly.
  • Your right to erasure.
    You can ask us to delete or remove your personal information in some circumstances, such as where we no longer need it or where you withdraw your consent (where applicable). If we have shared your personal information with others, we will let them know about the erasure where possible. If you ask us, where it is possible and lawful for us to do so, we will also tell you who we have shared your personal information with so that you can contact them directly.
  • Your right to restrict processing. You can ask us to block or suppress the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances, such as where you contest the accuracy of that personal information or you object to us processing it. It won’t stop us from storing your personal information, though. We will tell you before we lift any restriction. If we have shared your personal information with others, we will let them know about the restriction where it is possible for us to do so. If you ask us, where it is possible and lawful for us to do so, we will also tell you who we have shared your personal information with so that you can contact them directly.
  • Your right to data portability. You have the right, in certain circumstances, to obtain personal information you have provided to us (in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format) and to reuse it elsewhere or to ask us to transfer it to a third party of your choice.
  • Your right to object. You can ask us to stop processing your personal information, and we will do so, if we are:
    • relying on our own or someone else’s legitimate interest to process your personal information, except if we can demonstrate compelling legal grounds for the processing; or
    • processing your personal information for the purposes direct marketing.
  • Your rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling. You have the right not to be subject to a decision when it is based on automatic processing, including profiling, if it produces a legal effect or similarly significantly affects you, unless such profiling is necessary for the entering into, or the performance of, a contract between you and us.
  • Your right to withdraw consent. If we rely on your consent (or explicit consent) as our legal basis for processing your personal information, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. You can exercise your right of withdrawal by contacting us using our contact details in the “How to Contact Us” section 3 above or by using any other opt-out mechanism we may provide, such as an unsubscribe link in an email.
  • Your right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority. If you have a concern about any aspect of our privacy practices, including the way we have handled your personal information, please contact us using the contact details provided in the “How to Contact Us” section 3 above. You can also report any issues or concerns to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You can find details about how to report a concern on the ICO website at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ or by calling their helpline on 0303 123 1113. You can find a list of contact details for all EU supervisory authorities at: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/bodies/authorities/index_en.htm.

16. CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY NOTICE
We may make changes to this Privacy Notice from time to time.

To ensure that you are always aware of how we use your personal information we will update this Privacy Notice from time to time to reflect any changes to our use of your personal information. We may also make changes as required to comply with changes in applicable law or regulatory requirements. We will notify you by email of any significant changes. However, we encourage you to review this Privacy Notice periodically to be informed of how we use your personal information.

 

Cookie Policy (Last updated 19/09/2018) 

This cookie policy (“Cookie Policy”) is intended to inform you how we use “cookies” and similar technologies on our website at www.hopscotchconsulting.co.uk (“Site”) and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our Site. Please take a moment to read and understand this Cookie Policy. This Cookie Policy should also be read in conjunction with our Privacy Policy.

WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies and similar technologies are very small text documents or pieces of code, which often include an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website or use a mobile application, a computer asks your computer or mobile device for permission to store this file on your computer or mobile device and access information from it. Information gathered through cookies and similar technologies may include the date and time of visits and how you are using the particular website or mobile application. Cookies are used by us as part of our Site and they are also used by some of our third-party partners.

For more details on cookies and similar technologies, please visit All About Cookies. For the purposes of the remaining sections of this Cookie Policy, we will refer to all technologies using the above features as “cookies”.

CONSENT TO OUR USE OF COOKIES

Essential cookies
By using our Site you acknowledge that we may store and access essential cookies on your computer or other device. Essential cookies are cookies which are necessary for the operation of our Site.

Non-essential cookies
Further, where you give permission, we may also store and access certain non-essential cookies on your computer or other device. These cookies are not essential to the operation of our Site, but allow us to provide additional functionality or to gather additional information about your use of our Site. You are not obliged to give consent to our use of non-essential cookies and we will not place such cookies until you have given your consent.

Block or delete cookies
If you wish to block or delete cookies, or you would like to withdraw consent to our use of non-essential cookies, you can find out how to do so in the last section of this Cookie Policy below.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH COOKIES?

Essential Cookies
We use cookies where they are essential for the operation of our Site. Essential cookies include cookies such as login cookies and shopping cart cookies.

Session Cookies
We use cookies to allow our Site to uniquely identify your browsing session on our Site, which allows us to coordinate this information with data from our Site server.

Analytics Cookies
We use “analytics” cookies. These, along with other information, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people using our Site and which features of our Site are most popular. We use this information to improve our Site. We do not generally store any information that you provide to us in a cookie.

Functionality Cookies
We use these cookies to recognise you when you return to our Site, to remember your preferences and to provide enhanced, more personalised features.

Targeting Cookies
We use these cookies (also known as advertising cookies) to deliver adverts that are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement on our Site and help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with our permission. They remember that you have visited our Site and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.

WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE ON OUR SITE?
The table below sets out more information about the individual cookies used on our Site and the purposes for which they are used:

Cookie Type

Essential?

Purpose

Duration

_cfduid

Yes

Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.

Cloudflare’s privacy notice can be found here: www.cloudflare.com/privacypolicy

One year.

_ga

No

This is a Google Analytics cookie. It registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on the use of our Site.

More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html

Two years.

_gat

No

This is a Google Analytics cookie. It is used to throttle the request rate on our Site.

More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html

Session only.

_gid

No

This is a Google Analytics cookie. It registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on the use of our Site.

More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html

Session only.

collect

No

This is a Google Analytics cookie. It is used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behaviour. It also tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.

More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html

Session only.

_ab12#

No

This is a sharethis cookie. We use ShareThis to generate the social media buttons which you can see on any blog article. The buttons monitors click-stream activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc. These buttons are essential if you want to carry on allowing the user to share your articles across social media.  The sharethis privacy notice can be found here: www.sharethis.com/privacy/

9 months

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Six months.

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This is a sharethis cookie. Used for the same purpose as _ab12#. The sharethis privacy notice can be found here: www.sharethis.com/privacy/

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