In general, you may visit our website without telling us who you are or revealing any personally identifiable information about you. Our servers collect the domain names, the operating system in use (e.g., Macintosh, Windows) and browser (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer). This information is aggregated to measure the number of visits, average time spent on the site, pages viewed, etc. PaRC uses this information to measure the use of our site and to improve the content of our site.
When you access the PaRC website, small amounts of information are sometimes placed on your device, including small files known as cookies. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you. For example, we use a series of cookies to monitor website speed and usage, as well as to ensure that any preferences you have selected previously are the same when you return to our website.
Google Analytics for example stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. Personal information (e.g. your name or address) is not however collected or stored so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.
Full details on the cookies set by Google Analytics are published on the Google website. Google also publishes a browser add-on to allow you to choose that information about your website visit is not sent to Google Analytics.
On a number of pages we use ‘plug ins’ or embedded media. For example, we do embed YouTube videos and Twitter streams in pages. The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as ‘third-party’ cookies. To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.
E-mail addresses and other personally identifiable information such as first and last name, mobile telephone number, and other similar information are known only when voluntarily provided by a visitor through the use of the ‘contact us’ form. The ‘contact us’ form is only used as a support function to facilitate enquiries from website users.
How we process data and Information sharing
In accordance with the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We will only use your information for the purpose as described and we do not pass on your details to any other government department or third party unless you have given us permission to do so. You have a right to access your personal data and rectify any inaccuracies.
You have the legal right to request a copy of any information we hold about you.