Privacy & Cookie Policy

PRIVACY & COOKIE POLICY

We want to reassure you that your privacy is respected and safe in our hands. We only ever collect information from you that helps us to help you get the most out of your visit to our site.

For more details, please read Digital World's full privacy policy.

WHAT IS A COOKIE?

A cookie is simply a small text file. It isn't a program and doesn't actively do anything on your computer.

WHY DO WE USE COOKIES?

As with many other websites, we use cookies for several reasons, the main one being:

To monitor and measure what visitors do on our website. This allows us to know what areas of the site are popular, how often visitors come back, where they come from, whether they are using a PC or a mobile device and so on. Knowing how our site is being used means we can enhance users' experience in future.

If you still decide to opt out, you have two options:

You can adjust the settings on your internet browser to prevent cookies being downloaded. How this is done varies according to which browser you are using and we recommend you refer to the appropriate online help guides.

You can opt out of receiving specifically those cookies we use to track how people are using our site.

Details of how to disable the Google Analytics outlined below.

Digital World use of cookies is governed by our Privacy Policy.

COOKIE TYPES

When visiting Digital World websites you may have the following cookies placed on your computer:

Session cookie

This cookie lasts for the duration of your visit. It is destroyed when you close the browser or navigate away from the Digital World site you are browsing.

Visit tracking cookie

These cookies are used by Digital World to track repeat visitors to our sites. We do this so we can build up a picture of how visitors use our sites and how best to improve our service. These also allow us understand if visitors have booked accommodation through one of our sites.

Google Analytics

These cookies are used to collect analytical information about how visitors use our site. All web traffic and usage information is collected in an aggregate and anonymous form. Digital World use this information for analytical purposes to evaluate the performance of their marketing campaigns, to compile reports and to make improvements to website content and user experience.

Google privacy information:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing a browser plug-in from http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

This cookie is set by the ShareThis social sharing widget. It allows ShareThis to count the number of unique users that share content and how many page views are generated from the resulting share. This cookie is used for analytical purposes and it doesn't link to personal information. Even though it is a first party cookie, Digital World have no control over it.

ShareThis privacy policy and tracking opt-out:

http://sharethis.com/privacy

ShareThis buttons make it easy for you to share content with your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social websites. These cookies are used to identify you and your sharing behavior. This will not be use collected information to serve you interest-based ads if you are based outside of the United States.

ShareThis privacy policy and tracking opt-out:
http://sharethis.com/privacy

Twitter

These cookies are set by the Twitter plugin on the Digital World homepage. The majority of Twitter cookies are set if you are logged into your Twitter account. Twitter use collected information for analytical purposes and to tailor content based on your interests, for example they will suggest who you should follow on Twitter. Tailored content is stored with only the browser cookie ID and is separated from other Twitter widget data such as page-visit information. After a maximum of 10 days, Twitter start the process of deleting or aggregating Widget Data, which is usually instantaneous but in some cases may take up to a week.

Twitter privacy policy:
https://twitter.com/privacy

Content personalisation information and opt-out:
http://support.twitter.com/articles/20169421

Privacy Policy

Digital World is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.

Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it. We will process your personal data in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). For the purpose of the aforementioned legislation the data controller is Skills Development Scotland.

Please note that this Privacy Policy applies only to our site and not to any third party sites that are linked to from our site.

1. Information we may collect from you

We may collect and process the following data about you:

1.1 Information that you provide by filling in forms on our site. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our site, subscribing to our service, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information, for example when you enter a competition or promotion, and when you report a problem with our site.

1.2 If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.

1.3 We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.

1.4 Details of transactions you carry out through our site and of the fulfilment of your orders.

1.5 Details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access.

1.6 Any information you provide to us in connection with your use of the forum.

2. IP addresses and cookies

2.1 We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns and does not identify any individual.

A description of the cookies currently used on our site can be accessed via this link.

2.2 For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:

To estimate our audience size and usage pattern;

To store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests;

To speed up your searches; and

To recognise you when you return to our site.

To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;

To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes;

To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us;

To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so; and

2.3 You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log on to our site.

2.4 Please note that our advertisers may also use cookies, over which we have no control.

3. Uses made of the information

3.1 We do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to our advertisers, but we may provide them with aggregate information about our users.

4. Your rights

4.1 Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

5. Access to information

The GDPR and The Data Protection Act 2018 gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. These requests are free to make in most circumstances. More information about your rights under the legislation can be found here

6. Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.

7. Contact

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to DPO@sds.co.uk

8. Google Analytics

Visitors may opt out of our use of Analytics by visiting the Google Analytics Opt-out page. For more information, see our cookie policy.