Privacy and cookies

Privacy

Any references to "we", "us", "our", or "the company", are references to Together Communications, a division of Retail Human Resources plc, company registration number 3699291.

This privacy policy sets out how we gather, use and protect any information that you may provide to us when using this website (www.togethercomms.co.uk).

As a business we are committed to ensuring that we comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) Act and are committed to protecting the privacy of clients and users of our website and services. We will ensure that the information you submit to us by way of our website or through our offices is only used for the purposes set out in this policy. Should we ever ask you to provide information by which you could be identified, rest assured this information will only be used in accordance with this privacy policy.

We may make changes to this policy occasionally, by updating this page. You should check this page regularly to ensure that you are happy with the policy and any changes that may have been made. Any changes that may be made to this policy will in no way contravene our guarantee of confidentiality.

Gathering Information
Any details that you may submit to us via this website will be stored by us and will be accessible by employees of the company. These details are limited to name, telephone number and email address.

Security
This website is protected from any unauthorised access using the latest in physical, electronic and managerial procedures in order to safeguard the information we collect online.

Cookies

What are cookies?

  • Cookies are small pieces of information, stored by your web browser on your computer. They enable things like keeping you logged in as you move around a website, or carrying address and delivery details from page to page as you make an online purchase.
  • They're very commonly used, right across the web. In fact, without them websites would struggle to deliver the kind of experience that we've all come to expect when online.
  • They can't contain viruses or malware, they just don't work like that.

Why all the fuss?

  • The EU was worried that some people may be misusing them and created a directive that aimed to prevent that.
  • The UK was one of the first EU member states to implement the directive as law although there still exists a lot of confusion about what's actually required of website owners. GDPR was ported wholesale into UK law as part of Brexit.
  • We don't believe that cookies are bad - they're useful. Of course, they can be used for nefarious purposes by unscrupulous websites, but the same is true of many things available on the high street.
  • We want to play it safe and make sure our users are fully informed.

What cookies do we use?

We automatically set the cookies listed below, so if you're using our site you accept that we're doing so. We use two types of cookies:

  • Session cookies which only exist while you're on the site. When you close the window and leave the site, your browser will delete them. These are used for things like logging you in to the site.
  • Persistent cookies which are stored by your computer for your next visit to the site. Whilst we don’t currently use these, we might well in future.

ASP.NET_SessionId
This is set by our web server. It allows the site to identify you from one page to another during your visit. Your experience on the site would be pretty poor without it.

This cookie disappears when you close your browser. It doesn't contain any personally identifiable information about you, just a random string of letters.

cookieControl/cookieControlPrefs
These cookies are used to make sure we've told you about our cookie policy through the message that appears on the first page you see, which makes it explicit that we set cookies. The first cookie tells us if you have responded to the message or not, whilst the second stores which tyes of cookies you're happy to accept, so we don't have to keep asking you.

These cookies don't contain any personal information - they're just yes/no things.

__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, __utmv, __utmz
We use Google Analytics (lots of websites do) to see how well our site is doing. These cookies are set by Google Analytics and allow us to view some anonymous information about the number of visits we get, the most popular pages and so on.

They don't provide us with any personally identifiable information. __utmc is destroyed when you leave the site and close your browser but the others will hang around and may be there next time you visit.

Other cookies
We may also use some widgets on our site to display tweets and social networking links. It's possible that these might set cookies too so, to be on the safe side, we're letting you know.

Above all, we will never knowingly share any of your personal details with unscrupulous third parties. We don't use cookies to store personal or sensitive information. We don't use them to follow you around the web or send you spam emails or phone you when you're eating dinner. It's all a bit far fetched anyway, but we take this stuff seriously.

But I don't want to accept any cookies

We hope that you're reassured by this explanation of what cookies we use and why we do so. If you do wish to block cookies from any sites, you can do so by changing your browser settings. WhatIsMyBrowser.com provides information on cookie settings for the most popular browsers.

WhatIsMyBrowser.com guide to enabling cookies.

More about cookies

A quick search for "EU cookie directive" will return a bewildering number of results. Below are a few sites we've found useful in our research. We're not experts and we're certainly not lawyers but we care about this stuff. After all, we use the internet too.

Let's get together

In the words of Carl W Buechner, “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” As with any supplier/client relationship, it is the strength of that relationship that is critical to its success. We aim to build relationships with our clients, based on mutual trust and respect and that usually starts with us meeting.

To find out more, please do call, email or send our enquiry form. We look forward to meeting you.

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