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Privacy and Cookies Policy for www.dailytouch.com (the “Website”)

GradTouch Limited (“we”, “us” or “our”) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We own and operate the Website.

In this Privacy and Cookies Policy, references to “you” are to any person who submits data to us or the Website about him/herself or about any living individual in relation to use of the Website, or being a writer for the Website, or accessing the content available through it (the “Purpose”). When you use the Website or aspects of it, we may ask you to provide us with information about you. This Privacy and Cookies Policy sets out how we might use that information.

This Privacy and Cookies Policy (together with our Terms and Conditions and any other documents referred to in it) 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 this Privacy and Cookies Policy carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

We will only use your personal data in the manner set out in this Privacy and Cookies Policy. We will only use your personal data in a way that is fair to you. We will only collect personal data where it is necessary for us to do so and where it is relevant to our dealings with you. We will only keep your personal data for as long as it is relevant to the purpose for which it was collected or for as long as we are required to keep it by law.

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “Act”), the data controller is GradTouch Limited, a company registered in England and Wales under company number 07718853 and with registered office at Laurel House, 173 Chorley New Road, Bolton, England, BL1 4QZ. Our registration number with the Information Commissioner’s Office is Z3309193.

1. Information we may collect from you

1.1 We may collect and process the following data about you:

1.1.1 Your title, name, date of birth, address, email address, telephone numbers, and such other contact details as we require.

1.1.2 Information that you provide by filling in forms on the Website or through other media. This includes information provided at the time of applying to be a writer for the Website.

1.1.3 Information that you provide when writing content for the Website, including articles or comments.

1.1.4 Information you intentionally share with the Website, whether by writing an article or otherwise.

1.1.5 Information about how you use the Website and its content.

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

1.1.7 We may ask you for information when you report a problem with the Website, or when we are in contact with you about the Purpose.

1.2 You should only submit to us or the Website information which is accurate and not misleading. You should keep that information up-to-date and let us know if any of that information changes by emailing us at info@gradtouch.com. By submitting your or anyone else’s data to us or the Website, you must ensure that you have full authority and consent to supply us with that data on their behalf and you warrant to us that you have that authority.

2. IP addresses

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

3. Cookies

3.1 The Website uses cookies. Cookies are tiny text files which identify your computer to our server as a unique user when you visit certain pages on the Website and they are stored by your Internet browser on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies can be used to recognise your Internet Protocol address, saving you time while you are on the Website.

3.2 We only use cookies for your convenience in using the Website and not for obtaining or using any other information about you (for example targeted advertising). Your browser can be set to not accept cookies, but this would restrict your use of the Website.

3.3 If you want to find out more information about cookies, go to http://www.allaboutcookies.org or to find out about removing them from your browser, go to http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/index.html.

3.4 Please note that we collect data from the Website about use of the Website using a web analysis tool which uses cookies that are (able to be) used to generate pseudonyms for a user’s profile. This means that use cookies (which may be stored on your computer after you leave the Website) can store information about your visit.

3.5 Please also note that our suppliers and partners may also use cookies, over which we have no control.

3.6 The Website uses the following cookies:

Cookie Name Expiration date Purpose
AWSELB Session This is used by Amazon Web Services enabling The Daily Touch to manage and monitor the network infrastructure supporting The Daily Touch.
PHPSESSID Session This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain your user session variables. A random generated unique number, is used to identify you to maintain your logged in status throughout our website.
_ga 2 Years This is used by Google Analytics which enables The Daily Touch to track visitor behaviour and measure website performance.
_gat 10 minutes This is used by Google Analytics which to throttle the request rate between our website and their service. This cookie does not store any user information, it’s just used to limit the number of requests that have to be made to doubleclick.net.
fr 3 Months This is used by Facebook which enables The Daily Touch to display the “Like” functionality on our website and display Facebook friends who may also “like” the same content.
dt-quiz 1 Year This is a general purpose identifier used to check whether you have answered a The Daily Touch Quiz before. If you have we use a unique alphanumeric identifier to retrieve your previous quiz results to be displayed.
dtpoll-[id] 1 Month This is a general purpose identifier used to check whether you have voted in a The Daily Touch Poll before. If you have we use a unique alphanumeric identifier to retrieve your previous poll results to be displayed.
[id] 1 Day This is a general purpose article identifier used to improve The Daily Touch website operation by caching the amount of shares an article gets. This helps to relieve stress on third party data sources such as Facebook.
wordpress_[hash] Session This is used to store your authentication details when logged into the WordPress Dashboard.
wordpress_logged_in_[hash] Session This is used to indicate whether you’re logged in and who you are across The Daily Touch website.
wordpress_test_cookie Session This is a test cookie by WordPress to verify your system is working correctly. This is only a temporary cookie.

4. Where we store your personal data

4.1 All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. We use industry standard security and firewalls on our servers.

4.2 We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards in connection with the collection, storage and disclosure of your information. Our security procedures mean that we may occasionally request proof of identity before we disclose personal information to you.

4.3 Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the Website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

5. Uses made of the information

5.1 We use information held about you in the following ways:

5.1.1 To ensure that content from the Website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

5.1.2 To enable us to display any articles or content that you have contributed on the Website.

5.1.3 To provide you with information regarding services that we provide that we think you may be interested in.

5.1.4 To provide you with access to the Website.

5.1.5 To manage the Website, detect fraud or Website abuses, send you information relevant to the Website and in case we have any queries.

5.1.6 As part of our efforts to keep the Website safe and secure.

5.1.7 To measure or understand the effectiveness of the Website, its content and advertising we serve to you and others, and to deliver relevant content and advertising to you.

5.1.8 To improve the Website to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

5.1.9 To allow you to provide content, including articles, for the Website.

5.1.10 To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us and to provide you with the information and services that you request from us.

5.1.11 To notify you about changes to the Purpose or the content.

5.2 We may also need to use your contact details and other information for any aspect of the Website (including, without limitation, providing customer support, preventing or investigating prohibited activity, enforcing the Terms and Conditions and verifying information).

5.3 We may transfer our databases containing your personal information if we sell our business or part of it to an actual or potential purchaser.

5.4 We may transfer our databases containing your personal information and/or your details to other businesses within our corporate group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006.

5.5 We may transfer our databases containing your personal information and/or your details if we are under a duty to do so in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our Terms and Conditions and other agreements; or to protect our rights, property, or safety, our customers, or others.

5.6 We may also disclose your details as described elsewhere in this Privacy and Cookies Policy.

5.7 Other than as set out in this Privacy and Cookies Policy, we shall NOT sell or disclose your personal data to third parties without obtaining your prior consent unless this is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy and Cookies Policy or unless we are required to do so by law.

6. Other websites

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

7. Your rights

7.1 You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at info@gradtouch.com.

7.2 The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

8. Consent

8.1 By submitting data to us and using the Website, you consent to our use of your data and of anyone you represent in the manner set out in this Privacy and Cookies Policy (as amended from time to time, as described below) and you are responsible for ensuring that you have authority to consent on behalf of anyone about whom you submit data to us.

8.2 Please note that you can revoke any consent you have given us under this policy at any time by contacting us on info@gradtouch.com and referencing this Privacy and Cookies Policy in the email subject line, using the body of the email to say what consent you are revoking.

9. Changes to our Privacy and Cookies Policy

Any changes we may make to this Privacy and Cookies Policy in the future will be posted on the Website and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Each time you enter the Website, you agree that the Privacy and Cookies Policy current at that time shall apply to all information held by you.

10. Contact

Questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy and Cookies Policy are welcomed and should be addressed to info@gradtouch.com.

This Privacy and Cookies Policy was most recently updated on April 2017.