Privacy & Cookie Statement

Below we provide information about the security and privacy of the R J Architects LLP web site. We want all our customers to be confident using our site, particularly the use of personal information.

R J Architects LLP is committed to ensuring the privacy of all our customers. All information is collected and processed in accordance with the UK's Data Protection Act 1998. R J Architects LLP's Privacy Policy only applies to the R J Architects LLP web site and does not apply to the practices of companies that R J Architects LLP does not own or control, or to people that R J Architects LLP does not employ or manage.

The Data Protection Principles

Anyone processing personal data must comply with the eight enforceable principles of good practice. They say that data must be:

  • fairly and lawfully processed
  • processed for limited purposes
  • adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • accurate
  • not kept longer than necessary
  • processed in accordance with the data subject's rights
  • secure
  • not transferred to countries without adequate protection.

Personal data covers both facts and opinions about the individual. It also includes information regarding the intentions of the data controller towards the individual, although in some limited circumstances exemptions will apply. With processing, the definition is far wider than before. For example, it incorporates the concepts of 'obtaining', holding' and 'disclosing'.

Use of Personal Information

  • We will never send unsolicited email and we will only send you information about our services if requested by you to do so.
  • We will not disclose information regarding our clients to third parties unless the client has first given their consent.
  • Information collected about the client is used only for the provision of our services to the client. This information is not used for any other purpose.
  • If you have any concerns about privacy matters please contact us at totnes@rjarchitects.co.uk
  • This privacy policy only covers the R J Architects LLP web site at http://www.rjarchitects.co.uk, other links within this site to other web sites are not covered by this policy.
  • We use cookies for collecting user information from the site. However, we will not collect any information about you except that required for ensuring a high level of service.
  • Our system automatically collects your IP address. If you are connected to the Internet you have one, for example it may look something like this 198.184.98.9. This information is stored in our database log and may be referred to in case of any dispute.

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

The New EU cookie law

The 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 R J Architects LLP Website and how to change your cookie setttings.

Use of cookies on the R J Architects LLP 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 your My Images Lightbox, keep you logged in from page to page, etc..

Cookies used on the R J Architects LLP website are limited to PHP Sessions, Youtube and Google Analytics.

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.

YouTube

Features for sharing videos via YouTube, and remembering what videos you've seen.

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.

Anonymous information about visitors to our website is sent to our private Google Analytics Account. R J Architects LLP 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. R J Architects LLP 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

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. You will see one for our site roderickjamesarchitects.com. If you select it, it you will see the cookies that have been set. One will be " PHPSESSID" which is the PHP session, the others may be for Youtube and Google Analytics. If you click each cookie, you will see it is just a string of numbers and letters. You can also see when that cookie expires.

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.

 

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