Privacy Policy

Website privacy & cookies policy

 

WHY YOU’RE SEEING THIS STATEMENT

This statement explains what information we gather when you visit our website and informs you how this information is used and protected.

Our web pages link to external websites: Atlas Computer Systems Limited has no responsibility for the privacy or other legal issues relating to these external sites.

This privacy policy and the ways in which personal data may be gathered and processed via this website are subject to review and development and any such changes will only be notified by this page.

This policy was last reviewed on 4th September 2017.

 

DATA COLLECTION

It is standard practice for web servers to collect data automatically about all requests for files (web pages, images, etc). Data gathered by Atlas Computer Systems Limited web servers include:

  • your IP address
  • details about your web browser
  • details about the files requested
  • date and time of requests for each file requested
  • the referring page, if any, from which you may have followed a hyperlink
  • search terms and search results
  • the domain from which your request originated

This information is also gathered by Google Analytics (see more details below) to provide web traffic reporting for Atlas Computer Systems Limited.

If you visit our pages via a proxy server, some of the logged data will be obscured; for instance, the IP address collected will be that of the proxy server rather than that of your computer.

All personal data is collected and stored in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, any individuals about whom Atlas Computer Systems Limited may be holding personal data has the right to access the data that is being held about them.

 

WHAT ABOUT COOKIES?

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer. They relate to a specific site, and can be used to enhance that site’s functionality and your interaction with it; they may also be used for usage tracking, research, targeting, etc.

You can control the use of cookies on your computer by adjusting your web browser preferences, choosing to allow them, block them, only allow them from selected sites or only allow certain types of cookies. Restricting cookies for a site may interfere with some of the functionality of that site, though.

For more information about cookies please see www.allaboutcookies.org

 

GOOGLE ADWORDS REMARKETING

We use the Google AdWords remarketing service to advertise on third party websites (including Google) to previous visitors to our site. This could mean that we advertise to you if you haven’t completed a task on our site.

For example, looking at course details but not making an application. The advert could be in the form of an advertisement on your Google search results page or a site in the Google Display Network. Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on your past visits to our website. Any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Google’s privacy policy.

You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you by using the Google Ad Preferences page. If you want, you can opt out of interest-based advertising entirely using your cookie settings or a browser plugin.

 

GOOGLE ANALYTICS

We use a third-party product, ‘Google Analytics’, to help us understand how our site is used. For this to work, cookies are used and information about your use of our site, including your IP address, may be transmitted to and stored by, Google. This information is subject to Google’s Privacy Policy. As with other cookies, you can control the use of cookies on your computer by adjusting your web browser preferences. Google also provides a browser plug-in which allows you to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.

 

WHAT WE DO WITH THE DATA

Data relating to web server requests are used for completion of the current activity (e.g. a request to view a web page) and are subsequently stored in log files, which are later processed to provide statistical information about usage, the load on servers, traffic patterns, troubleshooting, incident investigation, etc. This data is also recorded by Google Analytics which is used by Atlas Computer Systems Limited to report on web traffic on its sites. Analysis of web usage may be used for: systems and performance monitoring; research; marketing (e.g. analysis of demographic information and user behaviour). Information gathered will not be used to contact users, except where consent has been explicitly given or where security incidents are under investigation.

 

DO WE SHARE THE DATA?

Personal data will not be passed on to third parties and will remain confidential unless explicitly stated (e.g. if a web form is gathering data to be passed on to an external partner). The exceptions to this are:

  • Many Atlas Computer Systems Limited web pages include tracking code which allows Google Analytics to record usage and traffic information. This data is held on Google servers, and is used for reporting and analysis by Atlas Computer Systems Limited and a limited number of external consultants; they are not shared with any other parties. They are not used to identify individuals.
  • Data may be passed to the police and other authorities where it is required in the investigation of illegal activities and security breaches.

Where data is passed to third parties, it is done so in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Anonymised usage data may be provided in publicly-available web statistics; any such data cannot be traced to individual users.

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