This statement was last updated on 25 July 2014.
Who is the data controller for this website?
The data controller for this website is Meridian SP.
What information do we collect and how do we use it?
Depending on which website facilities you use, we collect different types of information. The types of information and uses are explained below.
When you register with our site, you will be asked whether you would like to be added to our mailing list, so that we can tell you about our services.
If you are a registered user, we may use information from your history to offer personalised information when you use the website, notify you of changes to our service, ask your opinions and to help us improve our service to you.
1. Information that you provide to us
We collect and process information that you provide for specific purposes. This may include demographic information such as your name, email addresses, mailing address and telephone number. We use the information to provide you with the specific information, product or services that you request and/or order from us and to communicate with you. If you contact us we may keep a record of that correspondence.
Contact us - you will be asked for contact information accordingly. This information is not passed to third parties
Registration - when you register, you will create a User ID and password. Your name, User ID, password and email address will be stored on the WSI servers. Your personal storage area is called ‘My Account’. You can change your stored information at any time by logging in.
Transactional services - when you perform an online transaction (order) through this site, we will ask you for appropriate credit/debit card details in addition to the information you have provided at registration. We do not store credit/debit card information.
2. Website usage information
We receive and store certain information whenever you interact with us. We collect website usage information from a number of sources:
* Our web server.
* URLs passed to us when you enter our site.
* Some information entered by you on forms on the website.
* A selection of Internet service providers.
* A selection of search engine companies.
* IP addresses.
We collect web usage information during your visits to our site including information on the date, time, page viewed or searched for, publications ordered, guides printed, tools used, subscriptions and referrals made and other information relating to your browsing activity on our website. Where you are a registered user of our website and have logged in, we may collect web usage information to enable us to build a demographic profile. We may also use web usage information to create statistical data regarding the use of our website. We may then use or disclose that statistical data to others for marketing and strategic development purposes, but no individuals will be identified in such statistical data.
We collect web usage information to help us:
* Assess the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.
* Develop and deliver services and information that better meet your needs.
* Inform you of events, services and products which we believe to be relevant to you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.
3. IP Addresses
We use IP addresses to analyse trends, track users' movements and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
Cookies are small files that are often created when you visit a website, and which are stored in the cookie directory of your computer. A cookie often includes an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies do not damage your computer. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but to protect your privacy your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. You do not have to accept cookies. You can decide if you want to accept cookies by changing the settings on your browser to either accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. Switching off cookies will still allow you to view the majority of content on our site, although it may restrict your use of our interactive tools.
There are two types of cookie. Persistent cookies remain on your computer for a specified time. We use persistent cookies to:
* Identify that a registered user has returned
* Collect information for use as described above.
Session-specific cookies are deleted when you leave the website. We use session-specific cookies to:
* Hold the information given while using an interactive tool on the website
* Hold your details when you are logged into the site
* Hold your search criteria while you are carrying out a search of the website
* Collect information for use as described above
Disclosure of information
Linking to other websites
This website contains links to other websites. Anonymous visit or session information may be passed to other websites for the web usage information purposes described above. None of this information can be related to an individual user of the website. The operators of other sites may collect information from you that will be used by them in accordance with their own data protection policy.
We use leading technologies and security measures to safeguard your information and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. We use industry-standard SSL encryption software when processing sensitive information such as usernames and passwords.
Changes to this policy
If your use of this site falls under the Data Protection Act as a personal user, you have a right to request a copy of any information held about you.