Privacy

Integralvision is committed to ensuring the privacy of all our clients and those showing an interest in our services. All information is collected and processed in accordance with the UK’s Data Protection Act 1998.

The New EU cookie law

A new EU cookie law (e-Privacy Directive) which applies to how we use cookies and similar technologies for storing information on a user’s equipment such as their computer or mobile device changed on 26 May 2011 and is now incorporated into the UK’s Data Protection Act.

According to the The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website, “Cookies or similar devices must not be used unless the subscriber or user of the relevant terminal equipment:

(a) is provided with clear and comprehensive information about the purposes of the storage of, or access to, that information; and

(b) has given his or her consent.

The ICO also states that:

“implied consent is a valid form of consent and can be used in the context of compliance with the revised rules on cookies. If you are relying on implied consent you need to be satisfied that your users understand that their actions will result in cookies being set. Without this understanding you do not have their informed consent.”

Our website clearly states that our site uses cookies and that by continuing using our website cookies that you are consenting to this. We provide below information about the use of cookies on the Integralvision Website and how to change your cookie setttings.

Use of cookies on the Integralvision Website

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by most websites. These cookies used by our website are completely safe and secure and will never contain any sensitive information. They are widely used in order to provide functionality to websites, or to help them work more efficiently. For example, to remember what you added to a shopping cart, keep you logged in from page to page, etc..

Cookies used on the Integralvision website are limited to PHP Sessions and Google Analytics.

You can recognise cookies set by our site by going into the Internet Options or Preferences of your browser and looking under Privacy / Cookies. If you have never deleted your cookies you might see a very long list. Below is a screenshot of our cookies displayed in Firefox. You can see the top one is called ” PHPSESSID”. Because it is highlighted, you can see what the cookie contains. It is just a string of numbers and letters. You can also see when that cookie expires.

The other entries shown under our domain name are from Google Analytics (see below).

If you would prefer not to let our website store cookies in your browser, you can do so by changing your cookie preferences using your web browser’s Internet Options or Preferences. Please note: Blocking cookies might prevent some webpages from displaying correctly or remove functionality.

Rather than be panicked by the EU bureaucrats, our tip would be to change your privacy settings so that your browser removes all cookies when you close the browser.

If you require help with making changes to your cookie settings, dependent on your browser, use the following links:

Internet Exploror 7 & 8: www.microsoft.com/block-or-allow-cookies

Firefox: www.mozilla.org/security

PHP Sessions

A PHP “session” is the time that a user spends on a website. This allows for functionality to be carried across a “session”, even if you visit another site in between. PHP sessions are neccessary for the functionality of the site. Session cookies will automatically be removed from your browser after a short time, normally 30 minutes after you leave a site.

Cookie

Name

Purpose

PHP Session ID PHPSESSID A session ID is typically granted to a visitor on his first visit to a site.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics are used by the vast majority of websites to collect information in an anonymous format that is useful to site owners, this may include the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Google Analytics cookies can remain in your browser for a long time unless you change your browser settings to remove them after a given period or action, such as quitting the browser.

Cookie

Name

Purpose

Google Analytics _utma
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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to understand how visitors use our site and to help us improve things. 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.

Anonymous information about visitors to our website is sent to our private Google Analytics Account. Integralvision does not share this information with any third party including Google. We specifically do not partake in Google “benchmarking” scheme.

To find out more about Google Analytics and Cookies see: https://developers.google.com/analytics

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit ww.google.com/gaoptout.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies may be set by websites providing embed content on our website such as embedded video from Vimeo or YouTube, or Share Buttons used to interact with social media. Integralvision does not control the setting of third party cookies and you should check with the relevant third party website for more information about these.

Further Information

Cookies are simply tiny ‘text files’ which your browser stores on your computer just like it stores your History of websites visited somewhere. Typically, they contain two pieces of information: a site name and unique user ID. Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

You can review the Data Protection Principles at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

If you have any concerns about privacy matters on our website please contact us at privacy@integralvision.co.uk