Cookies.

1. Cookie Notice

This Cookie Notice is dated 22 May 2018.

This Cookie Notice explains how the QA group of companies ("QA", "we", "our" or "us") use cookies and similar technologies to recognise you when you visit any of our websites, portals or online learning environment (“"Website").  It explains what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

2. What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website.  Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. 

Cookies set by us are called "first party cookies".  Cookies set by parties other than us are called "third party cookies".  Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the Website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics).  The parties that set these third party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.

3. Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies to provide easier navigation around the sites and gather anonymous analytics information. In some cases, cookies are used to provide functionality within sessions, such as within portals or learning environments. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as "essential" or "strictly necessary" cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Websites. For example, we may use Google Analytics (a third party cookie) within our Websites to monitor how visitors have landed on our Website, and how they consequently navigate it. This is done so that we can see aggregated (not individual) statistics about which content our users access most frequently.

From time to time we may have links to other services such as social media or video services on our Website. These third party services may drop cookies on your computer when you use them. Due to the nature of how cookies work, we cannot access these cookies nor control their use. Likewise, these third party services cannot access our session or analytics cookies. 

4. How can you control cookies?

You have the right to choose whether or not to accept cookies and to set your own cookie preferences on your computer.

These preferences can be to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at all. However, by opting not to receive cookies at any time, certain features of the Website cannot be provided and you may not be able to enjoy the Website to its fullest. All web browsers are different and to learn how to change your cookie preferences, check the "Help" menu of your browser.

Unless the user's browser has been configured so that it will refuse cookies, our Websites notify the user that the site makes use of cookies and allows the user to customise their browser to configure their preferences.

5. Cookies notification and control

On our Websites we have provided a cookie control that is visible on the page. This control provides information on our use of cookies and seeks the user's agreement before proceeding to use the site.

6. Cookies within our Websites


Category

Cookie Name

Description/Purpose

Craft CMS Session CookiesCRAFT_CSRF_TOKEN
CraftSessionId
These are Craft CMS cookies. The cookies are used to track a user's recent activity, last visit and general site movements. Like the Google Analytics cookies, these contain no personally identifiable information.
Google Analytics_ga
_gat
_gid
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our sites. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the sites. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the sites, where the visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited.
Sharpspring_ss
_ss_referrer
_ss_tk 
koitk
We use Sharpring to track visitors to our sites. Their cookies allows browser visits to be tied to the lead with the same cookie regardless of session and referrer and includes location and ensures that multiple visits to the site can be grouped.

7. Updates to this Cookie Notice

We may update this Cookie Notice from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.  Please therefore re-visit this Cookie Notice regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies. 

The date at the top of this Cookie Notice indicates when it was last updated. 

8. Contacting Us

If you have any questions about our use of cookies, please do not hesitate to contact us, or our DPO, via email at privacy@qa.com.

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