This page was last updated on – 6th June 2018
What information do we collect?
Get Safe Online collects your personal information through cookies placed on our website either by a third party or hosted by Get Safe Online, or by details you have specifically decide to provide to us.
When you visit our website we collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We only record data such as the type of web browser and operating system you are using, the pages you visit, and the date and time of your visit. We cannot identify you personally from this information and we will not associate any data gathered from this site with any other personally identifying information from any source. We do not attempt to collect any personal data about you through this web site unless you provide it to us voluntarily; for example, by sending us an email. We do not collect or store IP addresses.
What we do with your information
We will always be clear about why we need the details we ask for, and ensure your personal information is kept as secure as possible.
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in the following ways:
- To periodically send emails about Get Safe Online updates, news alerts or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided. You may opt out at any time by contacting us.
The Data Protection Act
Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use encryption software to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it.
What is a cookie and why are they used by Get Safe Online?
Cookies are small files of letters or numbers downloaded on to a device when users access websites. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide service information to the owners of the site. Cookies can be grouped into three categories: “session”, “persistent” and “first and third party”.
Session cookies (Temporary)
These are temporary cookie files, which are erased when you close your browser. When you restart your website browser and go back to the site that created the cookie, the website will not recognise you.
Persistent cookies (Permanent)
These files stay in one of your website browser's subfolders until you delete them manually or your browser deletes them based on the duration period contained within the persistent cookie's file.
First and Third Party cookies
Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies are cookies set by a website visited by the user. Third-party cookies are created by a website other than the one you are currently visiting; for example, the Google analytics cookies placed on this website are third party which measure how many website visitors we receive.
Cookies are not spyware or viruses and they can't read information from a computer. Neither are cookies the source for pop-ups or spam. They cannot be executed as code and are therefore incapable of transmitting computer viruses.
There are 5 cookies used on the Get Safe Online Website 4 from Google analytics and 1 from our content management system.
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site, from and the pages they visited. Visitors IP addresses are anonymised.
Cookies starting with 'exp_' are from the Content Management System we use to update the website.
Twitter - 'lang' stores preferred language settings for Twitter.
As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, if you do not agree to our usage of cookies, or you do not agree to our usage of Google Analytics, then you have the following options:
- Navigate away from the website
- Disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website (http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/) which offers guidance for all modern browsers.
- Google also offer a browser 'add-on' that prevents information being sent back to Google Analytics whenever you visit any website that uses Google Analytics. This can be found here.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting these sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement.
You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.