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QA Computing Ltd - Cookie Policy

QA Computing, providing professional computer services for over 16 years.

QA Computing Ltd – Cookie Policy

The new Regulations on cookies, enforceable from May 2012, state that website owners must gain a visitor’s consent to be tracked by cookies on their website.

Therefore, we want to help explain what cookies are, the different types, why QA Computing uses them and how they affect your web experience.

Please note that by disabling, deleting, or disallowing cookies via your browser from now on, your web experience may be affected. You will also find that the functionality of many websites and services will be affected.

 

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information which a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer. The browser then saves the information and sends it back to the website server. When that browser returns to the same website the cookie will recognise the user. A cookie doesn’t tell us your email address or any other personal information. If you are viewing our online shop website and choose to register  with us at a later date, the personal information you provide will not be shared with any third party, other than as stated in our privacy policy.

A cookie will typically contain details such as the domain from which the cookie has come, a value which is usually a random unique number as an identifier and the lifetime (expiry) of the cookie.

There are 3 types of cookies used on our website:

  • Session Cookies: allowing us to “remember” content from page to page (these expire when you leave the website or close the browser)
  • Persistent Cookies: which define “Time To Live” and help us to determine your preferences (these will expire after the “Time To Live” period)
  • Third Party Cookies: these are cookies from any other domain, such as recommended product and advertising services.

 

What will a cookie do for me?

Almost every website that offers advanced features such as online ordering and custom content utilises cookies.

This QA Computing website use’s a third party cookies, being Google Analytics cookies, as does our online shop website, as well as our own cookies to keep track of items within your shopping basket and to enable us to present you with customized content.

Each website utilises unique cookies, which essentially means that the cookies used by one site cannot be used by another.

 

Why do QA Computing use cookies?

QA Computing wants to provide a good customer experience on our websites and here’s an example of how cookies can allow this to happen:

  • Shopping Experience: To remember the items that you have added to your basket to make the checkout process easier when you return back to the website
  • Content: Show you relevant content such as product recommends depending on your browser and buyer behaviour
  • Site Experience: Google Analytics allow us to improve the experience which our website visitors have when using our website

 

Why do I need to know this?

QA Computing respects customer concerns and we want you to know why we ask you to opt-in and accept cookies. We want to be clear that accepting cookies does not give us access to your computer or personal information. We value our customer relationships and feel that our customers will benefit from cookies on our website, which enhance the web experience.

Turning off / disallowing / disabling or deleting cookies in your browser

The majority of internet browsers will provide an option to disallow cookies. You can usually find how to do this in the help menu for your browser. Cookies can also be deleted by using your internet browser, but you must disallow cookies otherwise they will be reapplied the next time you visit a website.

 

Here is a list of the different types of cookies used by this QA Computing website, and why:

Cookie Type

Cookie Name

Description

Purpose

Third Party

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Google Analytics

Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions, as well as to provide a number of key features in the Google Analytics reports. Google Analytics sets or updates cookies only to collect data required for the reports. The Google Analytics tracking for ga.js uses two cookies to establish a session. If either of these two cookies are absent, further activity by the you initiates the start of a new session.

To find out more information on how we protect your privacy please visit here for our shop Privacy Policy or here for website Privacy Policy.

 

What is a Web Beacon?

Some third parties deploy a gif (also called tracked pixel /action tag) which is a web beacon and is a tiny graphic which acts as a unique identifier. This is invisible to you on the page.

 

Will this policy change?

Our business changes constantly and therefore our policies will need to change to reflect that. You should check our website frequently to see recent changes. Unless stated otherwise our Cookie Policy and Privacy Policy applies to all information that we have about you. We will never materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of user information collected in the past without the consent of affected users.

Last updated: 23/04/2017

The Data Controller
QA Computing Ltd
Domain House
21 Norton Close
Halifax
HX2 7RD

QA Computing Ltd. |  Registered in England No: 5697967 |  VAT No: 886 792058

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