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Privacy policy

Cookies, etc

In brief

We collect completely anonymous statistics about your visit to our website only to help us improve it. Some third parties, like Facebook and Twitter, if you use their services, may know you visited our website; we have no control over third parties’ tracking of your activity. If you accept cookies from us we’ll never share any information they generate without your express permission, even then, we never share that data except to help us in our own services. These are the key points. If you’d like more detail, please continue reading.

In detail

This privacy policy for firstsightdesign.com and served by First Sight Design Ltd., governs the privacy of its users. The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations and requirements of: the users, the website and website owner.

Our website
We take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of our users during their visit to our website. Our website complies with all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy.

Cookies
Our website uses cookies to improve the users’ experience during their visit. Our website uses a cookie control system allowing the user on their first visit to the website to allow the use of cookies on their device. This complies with recent legislation requirements for websites to obtain explicit consent from users before leaving behind or reading files such as cookies on a user's computer / device. Cookies are small files saved to the user's computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user's interactions and usage of the website. This allows our website, through its server, to provide users with a tailored experience within our website. Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from our website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from our website and its external serving vendors. Our website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google's privacy policy here for further information. Other cookies may be stored to your computer’s hard drive by external vendors when our website uses referral programs, sponsored links or adverts. Such cookies are supposed to be used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. We have no control over those cookies.

Communication
Users contacting us provide any personal details at their own risk. Any personal information is kept private and stored securely until such time that it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998. We use any information submitted in order to provide further information about the services we offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have. Your details are not passed on to any third party.

Email news
We occasionally email our contacts with information about our service. Users can tell us if they don’t wish to receive emails in a link provided in those emails as set out in UK Spam Laws detailed in the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. All personal details relating to recipients are held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. No personal details are passed on to third parties nor shared with any party outside First Sight Design Ltd. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you may request a copy of personal information held about you by us. If you would like a copy of the information held on you, please write to the business address on the contact page in this website. A small fee will be payable for the service. Any email campaigns published by First Sight Design Ltd may contain tracking facilities within the actual email. Subscriber activity is tracked and stored in a database for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include; the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, the clicking of links within the email content, times, dates and frequency of activity, etc. This information is used to refine any future email campaigns and supply the user with more relevant content based around their activity. In compliance with UK Spam Laws and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, subscribers are given the opportunity to unsubscribe at any time. This process is detailed in any campaign. If an automated unsubscription system is unavailable, clear instructions on how to unsubscribe will be given instead.

External links
Our desire is to include quality, safe and relevant external links in our website. However, users are advised adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned (external links could include clickable text, banners, or images which include links to other websites). We cannot guarantee the contents of any third party’s website despite our best efforts. Users click on external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links included in our website.

Advertisements and sponsored links
Occasionally our website may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, who may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve. Clicking on any such adverts will send you to the advertiser’s website through a referral program which may use cookies and may track the number of referrals sent from our website. This may include the use of cookies which may in turn be saved on your computer’s hard drive. Users should therefore note that they click on sponsored external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Social media
Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that we participate in are subject to the terms and conditions, as well as the privacy policies, held with each social media platform respectively. Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and with care in regard to their own privacy and personal details. We will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to use primary communication channels such as mail, telephone or email. Our website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Shortened links in social media
We may, through our social media accounts, share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy URLs. Users are advised to use caution before clicking any shortened URLs published on social media platforms. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine URLs are published, social media platforms are liable to spam and hacking and therefore we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.

Further information
Data Protection Act 1998
Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003
Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 – The Guide
Twitter Privacy Policy
Facebook Privacy Policy
Google Privacy Policy
Linkedin Privacy Policy
MailChimp Privacy Policy