Privacy & Cookies Policy

 

1.     Definitions

This website (“Website”) is operated by SRK Consulting (UK) Limited (“SRK”).

The terms “SRK”, “we”, “us”, “our” and “ours” when used in this Privacy & Cookies Policy means SRK, which includes any divisions or branches under the control of SRK.

The terms “you”, “your” and “yours” when used in this Privacy & Cookies Policy means any user of this Website.

The term “Personal Data” refers to personally identifiable information about you as an individual, such as your name, job description, health related data, birthday, e-mail address or mailing address.

IMPORTANT: BY SUBMITTING PERSONAL DATA MANUALLY OR IN ELECTRONIC FORM TO US AND/OR BY USING OUR WEBSITE YOU GIVE YOUR CONSENT THAT ALL PERSONAL DATA THAT YOU SUBMIT MAY BE PROCESSED BY US IN THE MANNER AND FOR THE PURPOSES DESCRIBED BELOW.

2.     Scope of Privacy & Cookies Policy

We are committed to the privacy and confidentiality of information provided by you to us. This Privacy & Cookies Policy describes our current procedures with regard to Personal Data collected and processed by us from you online via phone, text or by email and as a result of dealings through this Website, including your use of this Website to the extent that such Personal Data is protected by applicable European data protection laws.  This Privacy & Cookies Policy does not apply to SRK’s collecting or processing of Personal Data relating to employees, prospective employees or sub-contractors (i.e. persons who provide services on a contract basis).  SRK has separate privacy statements for employees, prospective employees and sub-contractors.

3.     Notification of Changes to this Policy

We are continually improving our methods of communication and adding new functionality and features to this Website and to our existing services. Because of these ongoing changes, changes in the law and the changing nature of technology, our data practices will change from time to time.  When appropriate, a revised Privacy & Cookies Policy will be posted on this Website which will incorporate any changes.  The date of the most recent versions will appear on this page and if material changes are made, we will notify you of the changes via this page. We encourage you to check this page frequently.  If you do not agree to these changes, please do not continue to use SRK’s Website to submit Personal Data to SRK. 

4.     Collection of Personal Data

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller for this Website is SRK Consulting (UK) Limited.  We do not seek to identify individual visitors to this Website unless you sign up to receive our newsletter, contact us via a form on this Website or send us an email.  In such cases your Personal Data may include your name, email address, other contact details and the enquiry made.  Your Personal Data will be treated carefully and used by SRK solely for the purposes that it was supplied or as set out in this Privacy& Cookies Policy.  We will process the Personal Data provided by you through this Website to answer your query and if relevant, manage our business relationship with you.

5.     Use of Personal Data

We will use your Personal Data to fulfil your requests and we will ask only for Personal Data that is adequate, relevant and not excessive for those purposes.  Where we send you information for any purpose, it may be sent by e-mail or post.  When we ask you for Personal Data it may include the following purposes:

  • We may use your Personal Data to contact you, for example, in response to an enquiry;
  • We may use your Personal Data to share with our CPs (defined below) for recruitment or service provision purposes;
  • We may use your Personal Data for marketing purposes and market research; and
  • We may use your Personal Data internally to administer this Website and help us improve our services.

6.     Anonymous Data collected through this Website

In addition to the information we collect as described above, we use technology to collect anonymous information about the use of our Website. For example, our web server automatically logs which pages of our Website our visitors view, their IP addresses and which web browsers our visitors use. This technology does not identify you personally; it simply enables us to compile statistics about our visitors and their use of our Website.

Our Website contains hyperlinks to other pages on our Website.  We may use technology to track how often these links are used and which pages on our Website our visitors choose to view. Again this technology does not identify you personally – it simply enables us to compile statistics about the use of these hyperlinks.

7.     Cookies – Information SRK collects from you

a)     What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file, which often includes a unique identifier that is downloaded to your computer or mobile phone (“device”) browser when you use a website in order to store or obtain information on or from your device.  Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

For more information about cookies, we suggest the following as a reference (opens in a new window – please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites):

http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/cookies.aspx

http://www.allaboutcookies.org/

b)    How does SRK use cookies?

Information supplied by cookies can help us to provide you with an improved service and user experience.  Specifically, we use cookies to:

  • manage visits to our Website;
  • improve our understanding of how people use our Website via Google Analytics; and
  • measure the effectiveness of our online marketing campaigns.

The cookies employed on our Website cannot be used to identify you.  We do not make any attempt using cookies to identify any visitors to our Website and we will not associate any data gathered from our Website with any personally identifying information.  Instead, the cookies used are focused on how the Website is used.

c)     Cookies set by SRK’s Website

Our Website sets two cookies when people visit it as follows:

  • Has “js” – this is a temporary or “session” cookie that is used to register whether visitors to our Website have javascript enabled.  This enables us to cater for visitors who do not have javascript enabled; and
  • SESS (followed by a series of characters) – this cookie is set when visitors to our Website complete an enquiry form. 

d)    Cookies set by Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics (a web analytics service provided by Google Inc.) to track how people use our Website in order to manage and improve the Website.   This information is collected anonymously.

Like many services, Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions.  These cookies are used to store information, such as (i) what time a visit occurred, (ii) whether the visitor has visited the Website previously, (iii) where visitors have come to the Website from, and (iv) what website referred the visitor to the specific page. 

Further information on Google Analytics is available via the following links (opens in a new window – please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites):

http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html

https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies

If you would like to opt out of Google Analytics visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout, which is available for Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera (opens in a new window – please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites).

e)     How to control and delete cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete any that have already been set.  If you delete or block cookies, some parts of the Website may not work properly.  If you would like to restrict or block the use of cookies please refer to the “Help” function within your browser (opens in a new window – please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites). 

f)      Access to information and further enquiries

If you have a question about the use of cookies on our Website please contact us at privacy@srk.co.uk

g)    Consent

We believe this Privacy & Cookies Policy is a clear and complete summary of our use of cookies, how you may obtain more information and the steps you may take to control or delete the use of cookies.  Therefore, in line with the ICO guidance of 13 December 2011[1] and in good faith, we are relying on the principal of "implied consent" to our use of cookies and for your convenience do not require to you to signify express consent.  Your continued use of this Website confirms to us that you are aware of our use of cookies and have no objection to this.  If you do object and do not consent to such use, please take steps using your browser to restrict or block cookies as you require as set out above.

8.     Disclosure of your Personal Data

We do not share, sell or distribute your Personal Data with unrelated third parties, except as otherwise provided for in this Privacy & Cookies Policy and under these limited circumstances:

a)     The SRK Group operates via regional consulting practices (“CPs”). When you contact us, we may share your Personal Data with other CPs in the SRK Group offices in order to most appropriately answer your enquiry.  In contacting any CP whether by sending a form via this Website or by email, you agree to this sharing of information between CPs.  Most of the CPs are located outside of the European Economic Area ("EEA") and by contacting any CP including SRK you are deemed to consent to the sending of your Personal Data outside of the EEA.  Specifically, submissions through the "Contact Us" form feature of the Website will be transferred outside the EEA to a service provider engaged by the CP in the USA.  Whenever your Personal Data is transferred to and stored at a destination outside the EEA, it may also be processed by staff who work for other CPs and such staff may in turn where necessary provide your Personal Data to third parties engaged by SRK or the other CPs for further processing but always in accordance with the purposes for which the data was originally collected.  We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your Personal Data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy & Cookies Policy and any local privacy laws. 

b)     SRK and the SRK Group utilises the services of a marketing partner located in the USA. Your name, company and email address details submitted through the “Newsletter Subscription” form feature of the Website will be transferred outside the EEA where it will be held subject to SRK’s marketing partner’s privacy policy. You will receive email editions of the “SRK News” and other SRK marketing information we believe you may be interested in from time to time. You may opt-out from receiving these emails.

c)    In order to provide you with the information or services which you have requested, Personal Data may occasionally and in the case of a "Contact Us" form feature of the Website, be transferred or shared with third parties who act for us for further processing in accordance with the purposes for which the data was originally collected or for purposes to which you have subsequently consented.  For example, sometimes a third party may have access to your Personal Data in order to support our information technology.

d)     We may share, transfer or disclose the information in our databases and server logs to comply with a legal requirement, for the administration of justice, interacting with anti-fraud databases, to protect your vital interests, to protect the security or integrity of our databases or this Website, to take precautions against legal liability, or in the event of our sale, merger, reorganisation, dissolution or similar event.  For the avoidance of doubt, you should be aware that if we are requested by the police or any other regulatory or government authority investigating suspected illegal activities to provide your Personal Data, we are entitled to do so.

9.     Data Access and Corrections

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to request a copy of the Personal Data SRK holds about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected.  Upon receipt of your written request and enough information to permit us to identify your Personal Data, we will disclose to you the Personal Data we hold about you, for which we may charge a statutory fee of £10.  We will also correct, amend or delete any Personal Data that is inaccurate and notify any third party recipients of the necessary changes.  You may update any Personal Data you have given to us by contacting us at privacy@srk.co.uk.  Requests to delete Personal Data are subject to any applicable legal and ethical reporting or document retention obligations imposed on us. 

10.  Links to other Websites

This Website may contain hyperlinks to websites that are not operated by us.  These hyperlinks are provided for your reference and convenience only and do not imply any endorsement of the activities of these third-party websites or any association with their operators.  We do not control these websites and are not responsible for their data or privacy practices.  We urge you to review any privacy policy posted on any website you visit before using the website or providing any Personal Data about yourself and your use of such websites is at your own risk.

11.  Data and Online Security

Unfortunately, the transmission of Personal Data and information via the internet and other online or electronic transmission systems is not completely secure.  Although we will do our best to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Data transmitted through this Website; and transmission is at your own risk.  Once we have received your Personal Data, we will use appropriate security features to try to prevent unauthorized access, loss, destruction, misuse, modification or disclosure.

12.  Transfer of Personal Data Abroad including SRK’s Global Operations

If you are visiting this Website from a country other than the country in which it is located (which may vary from time-to-time), the various communications could potentially result in the transfer of information across international boundaries including outside of the EEA.

By visiting this Website and communicating electronically with us, you consent to the processing and transfer of your Personal Data as set out in this Privacy & Cookies Policy; and accordingly your attention is once again drawn to Term 8 of this Privacy & Cookies Policy.

13.  Governing Law

This Privacy & Cookies Policy forms part of our Website Terms of Use which are governed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and you agree that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to resolve any controversy or claim of whatever nature arising out of or relating to use of this Website, and that the laws of England and Wales shall govern such dispute or claim.

14.  Feedback, Questions and Contact Information

We welcome comments about this Privacy & Cookies Policy.  If you have any questions about this Privacy& Cookies Policy or any part of our service, you may contact us by e-mailing privacy@srk.co.uk.

This Privacy & Cookies Policy was last updated in January 2014.

© SRK Consulting (UK) Limited 2014


[1] “Guidance on the rules on use of cookies and similar technologies”, Information Commissioner’s Office, Version 2, 13 December 2011

 

SRK Worldwide