Privacy and the Data Protection Act policy statement

The farapackpolymers.com site is managed by FaraPack Polymers Ltd and its staff. This page explains:

  1. how we use information you give to us
  2. how we protect your privacy

1. Privacy and the Data Protection Act

FaraPack Polymers Ltd is a technical testing and analysis company which also provides other research and experimental development services in natural sciences and engineering. By using this website, for example, by completing the contact form and sending an enquiry, question or request to us you are providing us with contact information relating to businesses and/or individuals.

FaraPack Polymers Ltd is under a legal duty to protect any personal information we collect and we will only use that information in accordance with the law, including the Data Protection Act. In order to carry out our functions and respond to enquiries effectively, we will sometimes need to share information with other organisations acting on our behalf. However, we will only do this where it is permitted by law.

2. Information Charter

From time to time we need to handle personal information about you so that we can provide services for you. Below summarises how we look after that information

2.1. What information do we collect from visitors to our website?

We collect two kinds of information from visitors to farapackpolymers.com

  • Contact information submitted through our contact form (relating to questions, enquiries and requests)
  • site usage information, from log files and cookies

Correspondents should note that all communications to or from FaraPack Polymers Ltd may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for lawful purposes.

2.2. When we ask for personal information, we promise:

  • To make sure you know why we need it;
  • To only ask for what we need, and not to collect too much or irrelevant information;
  • To protect it and make sure nobody has access to it who shouldn’t;
  • Not to make your personal information available for commercial use without your permission.

When we ask you for information, we will keep to the law, including the Data Protection Act 1998.  For independent advice about data protection, privacy and data-sharing issues, you can contact the Information Commissioner at: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Phone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 524510. Website: ico.org.uk .

2.3. What happens when I link to another site?

Farapackpolymers.com contains links to other websites, both those of parent organisations and of other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our site. When you move to another site, read the privacy statement of any site which collects personal information.
We do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other site.

2.4. Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page.
Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of the information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

3. Confidentiality

We make every effort to safeguard the information that you provide to us.
Users should be aware that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100{48ad05ee048b3bc461f6c62ecd22e83c6bb36e08c20a93748c2e5f09f4ab30e0} secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

4. Enquiries submitted to FaraPack Polymers Ltd

If you send an enquiry to farapackpolymers.com asking for information, we may need to contact staff from our parent company (the University of Sheffield) or other organisation to find the answer. We may include your personal information when dealing with your enquiry. When a FaraPack Polymers Ltd staff member has replied to you, a record of your message and your contact details will be stored for reference and audit purposes.

5. Log files

We use our website server log files to identify patterns of website use to enable us to improve the service we offer our site visitors. We do not use them to identify individual users of our website.

6. Cookies

FaraPack Polymers Ltd uses small bits of data stored on your computer called ‘cookies’. Find out what we use them for, and how you can control their use.

6.1. Introduction to 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 device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our services so we can make them better

6.2. Third-party cookies

6.2.1. Google analytics

Farapackpolymers.com uses Google analytics to allow us to measure how the site is used and to improve the service:
So the following cookies are served:

Cookie NameDefault Expiration TimeDescription
__utma2 years from set/updateUsed to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created
when the javascript library executes and no existing
__utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is
sent to Google Analytics.
__utmb30 mins from set/updateUsed to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created
when the javascript library executes and no existing
__utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is
sent to Google Analytics.
__utmcEnd of browser sessionNot used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js.
Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction
with the __utmb cookie to determine whether
the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmz6 months from set/updateStores the traffic source or campaign that explains how
the user reached your site. The cookie is created
when the javascript library executes and is updated every
time data is sent to Google Analytics.

6.2.2. Google analytics opt out

To stop Google collecting this information, use the following link to opt out of all Google analytics. Google Analytics opt out

6.2.3. How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org  which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

6.3. WordPress

We use a third party service, WordPress.com, to publish website. These sites are hosted at WordPress.com, which is run by Automattic Inc. We use a standard WordPress service to collect anonymous information about users’ activity on the site, for example the number of users viewing pages on the site, to monitor and report on the effectiveness of the site and help us improve it. WordPress requires visitors that want to post a comment to enter a name and email address. For more information about how WordPress processes data, please see Automattic’s privacy notice.