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Privacy Policy

Reviewed April 2015

This document sets out the practices of the Benchmark Estimating in relation to the handling of personal information collected from visitors to Benchmark Estimating websites.

1. Statement of Commitment

Benchmark Estimating respects the privacy rights of all individuals visiting Benchmark Estimating websites and is committed to collecting and storing personal information in an ethical and appropriate manner. Furthermore, Benchmark Estimating is committed to ensuring that all Benchmark Estimating directors, officers, employees and agents comply at all times with the Benchmark Estimating policies and obligations under privacy legislation currently in force in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Hong Kong. Benchmark Estimating has adopted the National Privacy Principles (‘the Principles’) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) of the Commonwealth Government of Australia for the purposes of developing these policies. A copy of the National Privacy Principles is available from the Benchmark Estimating Privacy Officer or via the internet at www.privacy.gov.au.

2. Why do we collect personal information?

When you visit a Benchmark Estimating site, Benchmark Estimating service provider may record your server address, domain name, the date and time of your visit to this site and the pages you viewed. This information is used for statistical and website development purposes only.

We collect personally identifiable information that is specific and volunteered by visitors to Benchmark Estimating websites. This information may include your name, title, company, address, contact telephone number and email address. We may also request other personal information about you as part of an Online Application for current employment opportunities, surveys, special offers or when you request particular services.

This information is typically used for accessing specific site areas and reference material, information requests, submitting resumes and ensuring that communications are relevant.

Where we have obtained your consent, we may send you promotional information from time to time, including details of current issues, future events, or seminars. If you no longer wish to receive this information you may remove your name from our list by either;

– following the ‘Unsubscribe’ instructions contained within the email
or
– e-mailing us at benchmark@benchmarkestimating.co.uk with your full name and email address details. Information will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent, except where it is provided to a contractor or supplier for the purposes of undertaking services which are required for the ordinary administration of the Benchmark Estimating business.

3. Storage and security of your personal information

Benchmark Estimating will use reasonable endeavors to keep secure any information which we hold about you, and to keep this information accurate and up to date. Your information is stored on secure servers that are protected in controlled facilities. Information will be kept until it is out of date or no longer required, at which time it will be destroyed or de-identified.

You can also play an important role in keeping your personal information secure, by maintaining the confidentiality of any password and accounts used on the Benchmark Estimating website. Please notify us immediately if there is anyunauthorized use of your account by any other Internet user or any other breach of security.

4. You can access, change or delete the information we keep about you

All personal information kept about you is available at any time via direct email request. To access your information, send an email to benchmark@benchmarkestimating.co.uk with details of your request.

5. Links to other Websites

This privacy policy only applies to Benchmark Estimating sites. Benchmark Estimating is not responsible for the privacy practices of organisations linked to Benchmark Estimating websites. Before disclosing your personal information on any other website, we suggest you examine the terms and conditions of use.

6. Enquiries, Complaints and Contact Details

Anyone who requires further information regarding the Benchmark Estimating privacy practices or feels that there has been an unwarranted invasion of their privacy should contact benchmark@benchmarkestimating.co.uk or the Benchmark Estimating Privacy Officer, Danielle Buttery, on 0161 237 1155 or by email Danielle.Buttery@benchmarkestimating.co.uk

7. Future changes

Benchmark Estimating reserves the right to amend its privacy policy at any time for any reason. An updated version of the policy will be posted on the website.

8. What are cookies?

A “cookie” is a text file that is stored on your computer, tablet or phone or any internet device when you visit a website.

A cookie is small in size, so does not usually have a noticeable effect on the hard-disc space on your device

There are different types of cookies:

Session Cookies: these are usually deleted when you close your browser

Persistent Cookies: these remain on your device until they expire, or a site or you deletes them for your browser cache. These type of cookies help a site remember customised settings and information about your individual use of the site.

To find out more about cookies visit www.aboutcookies.org. From www.aboutcookies.org you can find out information about cookies, what cookies have been set and how you can delete them.

Alternatively, you can search the internet for other independent information on cookies.

9. How can I control cookies?

If you do not wish sites to set cookies, you are able to modify your browser so that it can either refuse all cookies or notify you when a cookie is set. You are also able to delete cookies that have already been set in your browser.

To block all or some web browser cookies then you can do this through using your browser settings. Your browser Help section will be able to help you with this. Alternatively, www.aboutcookies.org, contains information on how to do this.

10. How we use Cookies

We use cookies (and similar technologies) to:

  • Collect usage statistics to help improve our service

11. Site Use Statistics Cookies

These cookies help us collect traffic information and statistics that help us to improve the sites functionality and design to suit the browsers and devices you use.

The site use statistics cookies:

  • Name: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz (__utm* in general) and __qca
    Purpose: These cookies are set by Google Analytics and Jetpack in order to collect statistical information about traffic and use of the website. You can find out more about Google’s Privacy Policy at http://www.google.co.uk/policies/privacy/
  • Name: __atuvc
    Purpose: Created and read by the AddThis JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before the AddThis share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behavior for users.

12. Third party cookies

From time to time we embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube, Flickr, Twitter (etc) to enable us to offer information and help guides (etc). Pages on our site that contain embedded content may present cookies from these third party websites. Also, when you click on any “Share this”, “Like”, “Tweet”, “Post” or “Send to a friend” links/buttons a cookie may be set by the service providing the functionality. We cannot control the use of these cookies so these settings will not block cookies from those websites. You can change the cookies on the third party website themselves. Please contact them for further information.