General

In this Cookies Statement and Privacy Policy Statement, “We”, “Us” and “Our” mean Mark Slaney Associates Ltd. Our address is The Chambers Institution, 25 High Street, Peebles, EH45 8AG   When we refer to Our website we are referring to www.markslaneyassociates.com

Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are one of the building blocks of most websites for enhancing the user experience of the website visitor. These small text files on users’ computers allow websites to store information.  Cookies can allow websites to remember that a user is logged in, what they have added to their  shopping basket and the current ‘state’ of a webpage. They are also used to produce targeted advertising based on users’ behaviour and assist statistics packages such as Google Analytics.

Our use of cookies

We may use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised interaction/user experience. They enable Us to recognise you when you return to Our website by storing information about your preferences.  They enable Us to generate statistics about the number of visitors We have and how they use Our websites and the internet – this allows Us to constantly improve Our website and services.  For more information about how We use cookies please see the Definition of Cookies and their function section below.

Managing cookies

You can set your browser to reject Our cookies if you wish, but this might restrict your use of Our and other websites. For instructions on deleting or controlling cookies please consult your browser help section or see http://www.allaboutcookies.org.

Definition of cookies and their function

i. Session cookies
These are temporary cookie files, which are erased when you close your browser. They are used to store your browsing information while you are using Our websites and will be active until you leave the website and close your browser.
ii. Persistent cookies
Persistent cookies help Us remember your information and settings for any future visits. This results in faster and more convenient access. On your first visit, the website is presented in default mode.  During your visit, you select your preferences and these preferences are remembered, through the use of the persistent cookie, for the next time you visit the website. A persistent cookie enables a
website to remember you on subsequent visits, speeding up or enhancing your experience of services or functions offered.
iii. CMS specific – session cookies
These types of cookies are placed by content management software (CMS) to remember whether your browser has JavaScript enabled.
iv. CMS specific – persistent cookies
These types of cookies are placed by content management software (CMS) to remember your display preferences.
v. Google Analytics (3rd party) cookies
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use Our websites. We use the information to compile reports and to help improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.  An overview of privacy at Google can be found here  http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html
vi. Google Ads
Google Ad Manager uses a cookie to be able to manage the frequency you see each advert.
vii. JavaScript code that sets cookies
JavaScript code can also be used to set cookies. These uses of cookies can be conditional, e.g. only activated when the user clicks on a particular page item or performs a particular action, or they can be set as soon as a page is visited.
viii. Third party cookies
To improve your experience of using Our website, We sometimes embed content or functionality from third party websites. Pages with this embedded content may present cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these. Examples of such third party cookies are:  YouTube: Clicking on an embedded YouTube video may set a cookie on your computer, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

Cookies in use

Our website is built using WordPress:

wordpress_settings | Set by WordPress to identify a specific user and customise their view of the admin interface and main site interface
wordpress_logged_in | Set by WordPress – a cookie for a logged in user. It expires when user exits the browser
wordpress_test_cookie | Set by WordPress – this session cookie allows us to authenticate logged in administrator users and maintains a manifest of website settings for use across the site. The system will drop a cookie to test the browser being used is able to use cookies
wp-settings- time | Set by WordPress to identify a specific user and customise their view of the admin interface and main site interface

We have Google Analytics installed on Our website:

_gat Cookies | set by Google Analytics and is used to throttle requests and has an expiration of 1-minute
_ga Cookie | set by Google Analytics and is used to distinguish users and has an expiration of 2-years
_gid Cookie | set by Google Analytics and is used to distinguish users and has an expiration of 24-hours
_gac_<property-id> | Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out

Share This Widget | gives visitors to Our website the option to share the content to social media
__uset | Set by the Share This widget – Determines whether a cookie has been set – expires 4hrs
__stid | Set by the Share This widget – Tracking for statistics – expires 1 year

Mark Slaney Associates Privacy Policy

We are firmly committed to respecting your privacy and complying with applicable data protection and privacy laws.  We have provided this Privacy Policy Statement to help you understand how We collect, use and protect your information when you visit/use Our website.  We wish to help you make informed decisions, so please take a few moments to read the sections below and learn how We use your personal information.

Personal information collection

We endeavour to collect and use your personal information only with your knowledge and consent and with respect to providing a service to you or the business that you represent.  The type of personal information We collect could include, for example, your name or business name and postal address, telephone number, email address or other general information.  We will not process any personal data collected through the Website unless We have first told you that We are going to do so, and it is clear how We will use it.

Non-Personal Information Collection

We may collect information about the software on your computer (your browser version etc.) and your IP address (your connection with the internet) in order to improve your interaction with the Website. This may happen automatically without you being aware of it.
We may use cookies (small text files which We and other website operators store on your computer when you visit our websites) to deliver a better and more personalised interaction. They enable Us to recognise you when you return to the Website, store information about your preferences, and improve the way your searches are processed. This helps Us to better manage and develop Our website, to provide you with a more enjoyable, customised service and experience in the future, and to help Us develop and deliver better products and services tailored to your individual interests and needs.  Cookies also enable Us to generate statistics about the number of visitors We have and how they use the Website and the internet to improve the service We provide. You can set your browser to reject Our cookies if you wish (you should consult your browser help section for details), but this might restrict your use of the Website and other websites. For more information about cookies, please see our cookies statement above.  From time to time we may contact you by email, phone or mail.

How will we use your information?

We do not generally use personal data because our business mostly deals with businesses rather than individuals.  We do not send out mail-shots or e-newsletters. We may however occasionally write to you or telephone you.

Disclosure of Your Personal Data

We will not sell or pass your personal information to third parties, unless you have given Us permission.  We may be obliged to disclose personal data to a third party if We have a legal or regulatory obligation to do so, for example to comply with a court order, or meet obligations in accordance with applicable law.

We use industry standard TLS certificates to provide encryption of data in transit, for example, all access to Our website is covered by HTTPS

Please also be aware that communications over the Internet, such as emails, are not secure unless they have been encrypted. Your communications may route through a number of countries before being delivered – this is the nature of the World Wide Web/Internet. We cannot accept responsibility for any unauthorised access or loss of personal information that is beyond Our control.

Privacy Policy Support

We reserve the right to amend or modify this Privacy Policy Statement at any time and in response to changes in applicable data protection and privacy legislation. Please check back here and review this document to ensure you are conversant and in agreement with Our current Privacy Policy.  We operate an open and transparent privacy policy. If you have any enquiry about Our privacy
policy or data collection practices, please write to Us.

You can find out more about your rights from the Information Commissioner, who regulates data protection and privacy. The Information Commissioner’s website is https://ico.org.uk/.