Privacy Policy

We want you to feel secure when using the website and associated services. We are committed to respecting your privacy. We will process your data in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998).

We analyse information to see what is most effective about our website and associated services to help us identify ways to improve it and to make it more effective. We may also use information for other purposes, which we would describe to you at the point when we collect the information.

We collect information indirectly and directly:

When you use this website we use technology to collect information indirectly, such as your internet address. This is commonplace across all internet services to enable the investigation of issues such as malicious use. This information is then kept in our internet access logs.

We collect information directly from you in a number of ways. One way is by using cookies. Cookies are small files of information that save and retrieve information about your visit to our site, such as how you entered our site, how you navigated through the site and what information was of interest to you. This information is collected for a number of reasons, for example, to help develop the website and associated services. (See below for more information on the cookies we use.)

We also collect information when you give it to us by filling a subscription or membership form. When we collect this type of information, we will notify you as to why we are asking for information and how this information will be used.

Third-party Sites

The social media bookmarking sites that SMMGP links to are third-party sites and SMMGP does control the way these sites use your information. If you choose to access these sites using the links provided, the operators of these sites may collect information from you that may be used by them in accordance with their privacy policies, which may differ from ours.

Use of SMMGP tools on third-party sites will be tracked. No personal data is collected by the tools. Information gathered by SMMGP includes the user’s IP address, the web page a tool is accessed from, and how many times it is accessed.

This information is the sole property of SMMGP and will not be shared with third parties.

Privacy and confidentiality

Whether you are speaking for yourself or on behalf of another person do not name the individuals you are talking about. Please note that to protect your privacy any information you contribute that reveals personal information, such as phone numbers, email addresses, addresses etc will be removed.

Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your computer, mobile phone or whatever device you are using to access the internet. This information is held in cookies.

Cookies are small information files placed on your device and are used to improve services for you by, for example:

  • enabling the service to recognise your device so you do not need to give the same information repeatedly
  • recognising when you have already given a username and password so that you do not need to do so for every subsequent web page you visit
  • measuring how many people are using the services we provide, so we can make them easier and faster to use
    analysing data, anonymously, to help us understand how people interact with government services

You can learn more about cookies from the GOV.UK guidance on cookies.

The cookies we use identify you merely as a number. If you are uncomfortable about the use of cookies, you can disable them by changing the settings in the preferences or options menu in your internet browser (go to aboutcookies.org for information on how to do this).

However, disabling cookies may affect our ability to provide services to you; if certain cookies are disabled you may not be able to access the service. If you continue without changing your settings, we will accept your consent to receive these cookies.