A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.
2. Our cookies
We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.
The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:
we use catAccCookies (persistent cookie): used by the Cookie Consent plugin to record whether the user has clicked OK on the cookie popup (expires in 30 days).
we use _mc4wp (session cookie): used to record whether the user has already signed up to 121prodata’s newsletter.
we use _ga (persistent cookie): used to distinguish website users (expires in 2 years). See section 3.
we use _gat (persistent cookie): used to throttle the request rate, limiting the collection of data on high traffic websites (expires in 10 minutes). See section 3.
3. Analytics cookies
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website.
Our analytics service provider generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies.
The analytics cookies used by our website have the following names: _ga, _gat, __utma, __utmt, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz and __utmv.
The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:
in Internet Explorer (version 11) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking Tools, Internet Options, Privacy and then Advanced;
in Firefox (version 47) you can block all cookies by clicking Tools, Options, Privacy, selecting Use custom settings for history from the drop-down menu, and unticking Accept cookies from sites; and
in Chrome (version 52), you can block all cookies by accessing the Customise and control menu, and clicking Settings, Show advanced settings and Content settings, and then selecting Block sites from setting any data under the Cookies heading.
Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
6. Deleting cookies
You can delete cookies already stored on your computer; for example:
in Firefox (version 47), you can delete cookies by clicking Tools, Options and Privacy, then selecting Use custom settings for history from the drop-down menu, clicking Show Cookies, and then clicking Remove All Cookies; and
in Chrome (version 52), you can delete all cookies by accessing the Customise and control menu, and clicking Settings, Show advanced settings and Clear browsing data, and then selecting Cookies and other site and plug-in data before clicking Clear browsing data.
Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
7. Cookie preferences
"Legitimate Interests" means the interests of our company in conducting and managing our business to
enable us to give you the best service and the best and most secure experience. For example, we have
an interest in making sure our marketing is relevant for you, so we may process your information to
send you marketing that is tailored to your interests.
When we process your personal information for our legitimate interests, we make sure to consider and
balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative), and your rights under data
protection laws. Our legitimate business interests do not automatically override your interests - we
will not use your Personal Data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on
you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).
The table below sets out further detail on the ways we process your data for our legitimate
interests. If you have any concerns about the processing below, you have the right to object to processing that is
based on our legitimate interests. For more information on your rights, please click here and go to section 9.
Maintaining and using our business relationships; understanding and keeping in touch
with our clients and suppliers.
We have an interest in maintaining and making use of our relationship with you. For
example, if you work for one of our clients we may need to contact you in connection
with one of the services that your employer has purchased from us. Or if you work
for one of our suppliers we may need to contact you about a service that your
employer supplies to us.
We also have an interest in understanding what kinds of people use our services and
how they use them.
We have an interest in promoting our services to our clients and potential clients by
email, telephone and post.
Helping people learn about services that might be of use to them
Our clients and potential clients have an interest in learning about services that
they might find useful.
Like any commercial organisation, we seek to earn revenue through the services that
we provide to our clients.