Privacy and Cookies

Our data commitment to you

We treat the security and privacy of our service users as one of our very highest priorities.

Your information

All personal information you supply is used solely by HCT Group:

  • To provide you with the services or information you have requested·
  • To let you know about HCT Group news relevant to your areas of interest. You may opt out of any future communications by replying to correspondence with the word ‘Unsubscribe’

Your information and third parties

We will never share your information with a third party – with three exceptions:

  • Where we are required to by law (e.g. customs and excise/police/courts).
  • Where we have subcontracted a part of our operation and the information is required to provide you with a service or fulfil one of our internal processes – such as customer research or payment management. The third party will not be able to use your data for any other purpose than delivering specific work for HCT Group.
  • Where we are delivering a service on behalf of a third party and are required to provide them with your data. We will always let you know in advance if this is the case, informing you of the third party’s privacy policy and we won’t use your data ourselves for any other purpose than the delivery of that service.

HCT Group is registered as a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998 reg. No Z7642329

Cookies

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission).
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

Third party functions.

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • YouTube - powers the videos on our site.

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties.

Social Website Cookies.

So you can easily "Like" or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site. Cookies are set by:

  • ShareThis - provide us with lots of sharing buttons all in one neat package.
  • Twitter.

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies.

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These analytics programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

Turning Cookies Off.

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our's and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookieswith antispyware software.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing , a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.