By using this website, you also consent to the collection and use of your personal information in the manner set out below.
The following now provides an overview of how we protect your privacy during your visit to our website.
What personal information do we gather?
Personal information is gathered from you in two ways: (a) indirectly (for example, through our website's technology); and (b) directly (for example if you fill in a form online and submit this to us or if you create, or are provided with, a user name or password or you otherwise supply any other personal details to us).
IP addresses and cookies
One example of information we collect indirectly is through our internet access logs. When you access our website, your internet protocol (IP) address, operating system and browser type is automatically collected and is placed in our internet access logs, which we use for system administration and statistical analysis.
Some of our cookies are used to simply collect information about how visitors use our website and these types of cookies collect the information in an anonymous form.
To find out more about cookies, including to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
If you do not wish to accept cookies from our website, please leave this site immediately and then delete and block all cookies from this site.
How do we use this information?
We analyse it to determine what is most effective about our website, to help us identify ways to improve it, and eventually, to determine how we can tailor our website to make it more effective. We use it to find out things such as the number of visitors to the site, the pages they visited, where they came to the site from, the numbers of downloads of documents from the site, etc. This information is then used to compile traffic analysis reports.
We may also use personal data for other purposes, which we would describe to you at the point we collect the information.
Will we share this with outside third parties?
We will not sell or otherwise pass your personal information to third parties. It is completely up to you whether or not you want to provide personal information to third parties.
What about sensitive personal data?
We do not generally seek to collect sensitive personal data through this website. If we do seek to collect such data, we will ask you to consent to our proposed uses of the data. We may also collect some sensitive personal data incidentally. By providing us with unsolicited sensitive personal data, you consent to our using the data, subject to applicable laws as described in this notice. The references to "sensitive personal data" are to the various categories of personal data identified by the Data Protection Act 1998 and other relevant data privacy laws as requiring special treatment, including in some circumstances the need to obtain explicit consent. These categories comprise personal identity numbers, personal data about personality and private life, racial or ethnic origin, colour, nationality, political opinions or convictions, membership of political parties or movements, religious, philosophical or other similar beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health or handicap, genetic code, addictions, gender, sexual life (including sexual orientation), pregnancy, property matters or criminal convictions or record.
While we will take all reasonable steps to maintain the security of our website, you should understand that the open nature of the internet is such that data may flow over networks without security measures and may be accessed and used by people other than those for whom the data is intended. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that personal information you provide will not be intercepted by others and decrypted.