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Privacy Policy

1 Our commitment to privacy

Architecture & Design Services know that you care about how your personal information is handled and we appreciate your trust in allowing us to do that; your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we attempt to make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

Under the Data Protection Act, Architecture & Design Services have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We do not pass on your details to any third party or government department unless you give us strict permission to do so.

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page.
Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of the information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

2 What information does Architecture & Design Services collect?

Architecture & Design Services is responsible for the website, and collects several kinds of information from visitors:

  • Information you supply – we receive and store any information you enter on our website or give us in any other forms. You can choose not to provide certain information, but in doing so may prevent us responding to you or contacting you. We use the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests, improving our website, gathering statistics and communicating with you.
  • Automatic Information: we receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us, such as cookies and log files. A number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit websites anonymously. Although we will not be able to provide you with a personalised experience on the Architecture & Design Services website if we cannot recognise you, we want you to be aware that these tools exist.
  • Email Communications: to help us make emails more useful and interesting, we often receive a confirmation when you open email from Architecture & Design Services if your computer supports such capabilities. If you send an email or letter to Architecture & Design Services asking for information, we may need to contact other members or departments to find the answer. We do include your personal information when dealing with your enquiry. When Architecture & Design Services replies to you, we keep a record of your message for reference and audit purposes.
  • Information from Other Sources: we might receive information about you from other sources and add it to our account information.

3 How does Architecture & Design Services use my information?

Architecture & Design Services use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website.

Architecture & Design Services may take such action as we deem appropriate to deal with any information sent to Architecture & Design Services of unsuitable content, including suspending or cancelling your account, restricting your access to the Architecture & Design Services website, or commencing legal proceedings against you. Architecture & Design Services may use your personal information to stop such behaviour.

Where Architecture & Design Services reasonably believes that you are or may be in breach of any of the laws of the United Kingdom, we may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as law enforcement agencies about the content and your behaviour.

4 Under what circumstances will Architecture & Design Services contact you?

Architecture & Design Services may contact you for the following reasons:

  • You have subscribed to receive further information or regular updates.
  • The continuing provision of any services you subscribe to so we can deliver the best service possible.
  • In relation to any contributions you have made to Architecture & Design Services.

5 Can I find out what personal information Architecture & Design Services holds about me?

Under the Data Protection Act you have the right to request a copy of the personal information Architecture & Design Services holds about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected. We will endeavour to supply, correct or delete personal information about you on our files at your request. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

6 How does Architecture & Design Services use cookies?

Cookies are pieces of data created when you visit some websites, and stored in the cookie directory of your computer. Information supplied by cookies can help us to analyse the profile of our visitors and help us to provide you with a better user experience. Cookies are created on your computer when you visit Architecture & Design Services.

Cookies are stored in the cookie directory of your hard drive, and do not expire at the end of your session. They do however, have a fixed lifetime and will be deleted from your system if you have not visited the Architecture & Design Services website within that time.

The cookies do not contain any personal information about you, and they cannot be used to identify an individual user.

You can set your browser not to accept cookies. This will prevent your use of all cookie functionality implemented on the Architecture & Design Services website and will restrict some of the features.

7 How does Architecture & Design Services use log files?

Log files allow us to record visitors' use of the site. We analyse log file information from all our visitors and use it to make changes to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it.

Log files do not contain any personal information and they are not used to identify any individual patterns of use of the site.

Log files that we refer to are text based (flat files).

8 What happens when I hyperlink to another site?

Architecture & Design Services contains links to other websites. This privacy policy applies only to our site. When you move to another site, read the privacy statement of any site which collects personal information.

We do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other site and do not take any responsibility for content on a third-party website.

9 Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page.

Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of the information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

Version: July 2015