Privacy and cookies
Privacy and cookie use
Use of information
The Group is committed to the online privacy of all its site users. This policy statement is designed to give a clear explanation of The Group’s data processing practices. For your protection, we are registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 and have given all appropriate notifications to the Information Commissioner.
We will not collect any information about individuals, except where it is specifically and knowingly provided by them. Examples of such information are:
- Your name
- Your email address
We may share non-personal aggregate statistics (group) data about our site visitors’ traffic patterns with partners or other parties. However, we do not sell or share any information about individual users.
A cookie is a piece of text which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree (or your browser agrees automatically if you have set it up in that way), your browser adds that text in a small file.
A cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets web site operators know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
How to control and delete cookies
We know that people have concerns about cookies, but we believe that the benefit that you and The Group gain from their proper use is worthwhile.
You can delete the files that contain cookies – those files are stored as part of your internet browser. If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by www.the-group.net, or indeed any other web site, or if you wish to receive notification of cookie placement requests or decline cookies completely, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how. Please be aware that declining or denying cookies may prevent you from being able to use the web site to its highest capability.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile device you will need to refer to your manual.
This is a list of the main cookies set by The Group web site, and what each is used for:
|Cookie name||Cookie use||Cookie duration||Host||Definition|
|__utma||Metrics: Google||2 years||.the-group.net||
the-group.net uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate our use of our web site and compile reports on user activity.
Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the-group.net, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
|__utmb||Metrics: Google||30 mins||.the-group.net|
|__utmz||Metrics: Google||6 months||.the-group.net|
The information generated by the cookies about individuals’ use of the web site (including IP address) is transmitted to Adobe Omniture, however we do not use IP addresses to look at individuals’ information or use of our site.
The Group will not (and will not allow any third party) to associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifiable information from any source as part of our use of the Adobe Omniture statistical analytics tool. Adobe Omniture will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Adobe.
|s_vi||Metrics: Omniture||5 years||.om.the-group.net|
|aether||Metrics: Gaia Insight||30 mins||.the-group.net||
We use Gaia Insight to enable us to understand how visitors interact with the-group.net particularly the paths visitors take through the site. This data is used to help understand how visitors interact with the site and the way in which they navigate through it.
Your IP address and other personally identifiable data is not assocated with any other data held by Gaia Insight.
|is_returning||Metrics: Crazy Egg||5 years||.the-group.net||We use Crazy Egg to see how visitors interact with areas of a page. No personally identifiable data is captured during this process.|
Third party cookies
www.the-group.net uses a number of suppliers who also set cookies on our web site on our behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. A list of all third party cookies that are used on www.the-group.net and what each is used for appears below.
|Cookie name||Cookie use||Cookie duration||Host||Definition|
|APISID||Social sharing: Google +1 button||Session||.google.com||These cookies are required to provide the functionality used for sharing our blog posts on Google Plus|
|HSID||Social sharing: Google +1 button||Session||.google.com|
|NID||Social sharing: Google +1 button||6 months||.google.com|
|PREF||Social sharing: Google +1 button||2 years||.google.com|
|SAPISID||Social sharing: Google +1 button||Session||.google.com|
|SID||Social sharing: Google +1 button||Session||.google.com|
|SSID||Social sharing: Google +1 button||Session||.google.com|
|BEAT||Social sharing: Google +1 button||1 day||plusone.google.com|
|ULS||Social sharing: Google +1 button||Session||plusone.google.com|
|ULS||Social sharing: Google +1 button||Session||apis.google.com|
|_twitter_sess||Social sharing: Tweet this button||Session||.twitter.com||These cookies are required to provide the functionality used for Tweeting from our blog|
|guest_id||Social sharing: Tweet this button||2 years||.twitter.com|
|k||Social sharing: Tweet this button||1 week||.twitter.com|
|pid||Social sharing: Tweet this button||2 years||.twitter.com|
|lang||Social sharing: LinkedIn share button||Session||.linkedin.com||These cookies are required to provide the functionality used for sharing our blog posts on LinkedIn|
|bcookie||Social sharing: LinkedIn share button||2 years||.linkedin.com|
|_qca||Social sharing: LinkedIn share button||5 years||.linkedin.com|
|lw||Social sharing: LinkedIn share button||30 mins||.linkedin.com|
|_lipt||Social sharing: LinkedIn share button||1 month||.linkedin.com|
The Group is required to comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1988. This provides amongst other things that the data we hold about you should be processed lawfully and fairly. It should be accurate, relevant and not excessive. The information should be kept up to date, where necessary, and not retained for longer than is necessary. It should be kept securely to prevent unauthorised access by other people. You have the right to see what is held about you and for any inaccuracies to be corrected.
Any changes to this policy will be posted here.