Privacy Policy for LAQM Website Users

Who Are We?

Bureau Veritas UK Ltd is a company registered in England. At Bureau Veritas ensuring the security of our client’s data is a key priority and we remain committed to respecting your privacy. We promise to handle your data fairly and legally at all times. We offer complete transparency in the way that we collect data about you and how it is used.

This policy, which applies whether you phone or visit us online from a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile, explains the what, how, and why of the information we collect when you visit our website. It also explains the specific ways we use and disclose that information.

The Collection of Personal Information

Personal information from you, such as your name, email address or telephone number which is provided via our Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) website or when subscribing to our LAQM updates mailing list, is treated as confidential information.

Your email address will never be sold, or intentionally passed on to third parties or spammed.

Collecting Domain Information

Bureau Veritas UK Ltd also collects domain information (e.g. IP address and referring URL's) as part of its analysis of the use of this site. This data enables us to become more familiar with how people visit our site, how often they visit and what parts of the site they visit most often. This information is collected automatically and requires no action on your part.

Disclosure to Third Parties

The LAQM Support Helpdesk is operated by Bureau Veritas UK Ltd on behalf of Defra, the Devolved Administrations and the GLA. Bureau Veritas will securely share your details only with our LAQM Support Helpdesk contract partners in accordance with the requirements of cross organisational working as dictated to by the terms of our contract.

Bureau Veritas UK Ltd does not pass on or sell email addresses or other information to any other third parties.

Use of Cookies

Some pages on this site use "cookies," which are small files that the site places on your hard drive for identification purposes. These files may be used for site registration and customisation the next time you visit us, and to make navigating the website more user-friendly.

A cookie is a piece of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your computer as an anonymous tag that identifies your computer but not you. You should note that cookies cannot read data off your hard drive. Your web browser may allow you to be notified when you are receiving a cookie, giving you the choice to accept it or not. By not accepting cookies, some pages may not fully function, and you may find it harder to access certain information on this site.

The Cookies on this website consist of:

  • Session cookies which help with form filling, remembering the information input when navigating between pages. These are destroyed when the browser window is closed.
  • Google Analytics cookies for monitoring website usage.

When you accessed our website, we set a cookie which records the address of our web page which you first visited, to help us to locate information which may be on the old http://archive.defra.gov.uk version of our website:

  • Name: original-request

Typical content: the website address by which you first entered our website

Expires: when user exits browser

We use Google Analytics to gather standard internet log information and details of visitor patterns on our site. We do this with the end goal of improving your experience on our site, but also to help us track our performance.

The information collected is only processed in a way so that the user remains anonymous.

  • Name: _utma

Typical content: randomly generated number

Expires: 2 years

  • Name: _utmb

Typical content: randomly generated number

Expires: 30 minutes

  • Name: _utmc

Typical content: randomly generated number

Expires: when user exits browser

  • Name: _utmz

Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)

Expires: 6 months

Mailing Lists

As part of the registration process for our LAQM updates, we collect personal information. Foremost this is required to allow you to receive future updates in relation to LAQM matters.

By registering for LAQM updates, you consent to receiving LAQM related communications from Bureau Veritas sent on behalf of the LAQM Support Helpdesk, and on other matters relating to air quality.

We will also use your personal information to ensure we are sending you the right communications, to keep our records up to date and to check in from time to time to ensure you’re happy with the service from Bureau Veritas.

We take your privacy extremely seriously, and we never sell lists or email addresses.

We currently use a third-party provider to create and deliver our newsletters. From this, we obtain statistics from our client’s email behaviour using standard technology to help monitor and improve our offering. For more information, please see the provider's privacy policy.

You can unsubscribe to these communications at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link with any email we send, or by emailing a request to admin.rsw@uk.bureauveritas.com.

How Bureau Veritas Ensure Privacy

We have implemented security precautions to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information. When you give us personal information, we make it our priority to ensure that it’s treated securely.

Your Legal Rights

Your rights relating to your personal information:

  • The right to be informed about how your data is used.
  • The right to access the personal information we hold about you.
  • The right to request the correction of inaccurate personal information.
  • The right to request that we delete, stop processing or collecting your data.
  • The right to stop direct marketing messages and withdraw consent.
  • The right to complain to your data protection regulator.

If you want to exercise your rights, have a complaint, or just have questions, please contact us. You can change your marketing preferences at any time. Please send your request to admin.rsw@uk.bureauveritas.com.

Access to Your Personal Information

You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that Bureau Veritas hold. To do so, please email your request to admin.rsw@uk.bureauveritas.com.

Keeping your Information

We’ll hold on to your information for as long as you have your account, or as long as is needed to be able to provide the services to you, or for as long as is necessary to provide support-related reporting.

If reasonably necessary or required to meet legal or regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, prevent fraud and abuse, or enforce our terms and conditions, we may also keep hold of some of your information as required, even after you have closed your account, or it is no longer needed to provide the services to you.

Website Terms & Conditions

This site is presented and operated by Bureau Veritas from within the United Kingdom. Bureau Veritas makes no representation that information or materials available on this site, or on other sites linked to this site, are appropriate or available for use in other locations, or accessible from locations where their contents may be illegal or prohibited. If you choose to access this site from other locations, you do so of your own initiative and are solely responsible for compliance with applicable local laws.

Restrictions on Use

The content of this website contains copyrighted material (including but not limited to code, copy and media) of Bureau Veritas or others.

You may not copy, modify, republish, or distribute any of these materials for commercial use without the express written permission of Bureau Veritas or other copyright owner. Any material downloaded for reference or non-commercial use must retain any copyright notices.

Website Links

This website contains links to websites operated by other parties. We do not control such websites and Bureau Veritas takes no responsibility for, and will not incur any liability in respect of, their content. Our inclusion of links to such websites does not imply any endorsement of views, statements or information contained in such websites.

Disclaimer of Warranty

While Bureau Veritas attempts to provide accurate information or materials on this site, or on any sites linked to this site, all such information is provided "as is." and Bureau Veritas does not warrant or make any representations regarding the validity, accuracy, completeness, or reliability of such information or materials, or of the results of using same.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We care about your safety online and the security of the information you share. We routinely review our Privacy Policy to ensure it complies with the most recent regulations.

We last updated our Privacy Policy in May 2018 and it will be reviewed again in 6 months.

How to Contact Us

We always like to hear from our clients, especially if you feel we could have done better or felt at all underwhelmed by our service.

If you:

  • Have any questions or feedback about our Privacy Policy
  • Would like us to stop using your data
  • Want to exercise any of your rights as set out above, or have a complaint

Please don’t hesitate to contact us by sending your request to: admin.rsw@uk.bureauveritas.com.

If you are a user with general public and anonymous access, these local air quality management pages do not store or capture personal information, but merely logs the users IP address that is automatically recognised by the web server.

We will only collect information about you that is required for system administration of our web server. This privacy statement only covers the Defra local air quality management pages at https://laqm.defra.gov.uk. This statement does not cover links within this site to other websites.

The system will record your email address and other information if volunteered to us by you. This shall be treated as proprietary and confidential. It may be used for internal review and to notify you about updates to the Defra local air quality management pages.

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

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through “Internet browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them” (on Directgov)

Our use of cookies

Cookies for improving service

When you accessed our website, we set a cookie which records the address of our web page which you first visited, to help us to locate information which may be on the old http://archive.defra.gov.uk version of our website:

Name: original-request
Typical content: the website address by which you first entered our website
Expires: when user exits browser

When you accessed our website, Google Analytics set cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
Expires: 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.

Cookies on Defra’s Twitter channel

We embed a Twitter feed in some of our pages and this uses the following cookies:

Name: k
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 1 week

Name: _twitter_sess
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

For further details on the cookies set by Twitter, please refer to the Twitter website.

Cookies on Defra’s YouTube channel

We embed videos from Defra’s YouTube channel in some of our pages and these use the following cookies:

Name: _use_hitbox
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
Typical content: randomly generated number for estimating user bandwidth
Expires:

Name: PREF
Typical content: randomly generated number for session preferences
Expires: 20 years

Name: GEO
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

For further details on the cookies set by YouTube, please refer to the YouTube website.

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 that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

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