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Privacy Policy and Cookies

The purpose of this privacy policy is to set out the principles governing our use of personal information which we may obtain about you. By using this website, or by registering as a user of the services which we provide, you agree to this use. We ask you to read this privacy policy carefully. There are terms and conditions associated with your usage and viewing of this site. View these terms and conditions here.

In the event that you submit any material for inclusion on this website (including without limitation, personal information, know-how, comments, ideas, questions, techniques, abstracts or similar), you agree (i) that such material will not be deemed to be confidential (ii) that such material will not be deemed to be proprietary and (iii) to grant to BTG an irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, disclose, copy, modify, adapt, publicly display and translate all or any of such material for any purpose whatsoever without restriction. We reserve the right, in our absolute discretion, to remove or delete, without notice, any material you submit for inclusion on this site. We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any material posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

Information collected by BTG

Like many websites, we collect information from visitors both by asking specific questions on the site and by permitting you to communicate directly with BTG. In addition, as you navigate through the site, certain information can be passively collected using various technologies. Like most website operators, we track IP addresses, use both session and persistent cookies, and assign internet tags.

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's computer for tracking and record-keeping purposes. We use the following cookies throughout the site:

 
Functional Cookies
Cookie NameExpiryDate
JSESSIONID (btgplc.com)End of sessionThis cookie is used to enable core site functionality. It does not contain any personal information and is automatically deleted when you close your browser.
Analytical Cookies
RePlayUserId1 yearThis cookie is used by our content management system to record users behaviour and does not contain personal information.
_utma2 yearsGoogle Analytics - A persistent cookie - remains on a computer, unless it expires or the cookie cache is cleared. It tracks visitors. Metrics associated with the Google __utma cookie include: first visit (unique visit), last visit (returning visit). This also includes Days and Visits to purchase calculations which afford ecommerce websites with data intelligence around purchasing sales funnels.
_utmb & _utmc_utmb – 30 mins

_utmc – End of session
Google Analytics - These cookies work in tandem to calculate visit length. Google __utmb cookie demarks the exact arrival time, then Google __utmc registers the precise exit time of the user. Because __utmb counts entrance visits, it is a session cookie, and expires at the end of the session, e.g. when the user leaves the page. A timestamp of 30 minutes must pass before Google cookie __utmc expires. Given__utmc cannot tell if a browser or website session ends. Therefore, if no new page view is recorded in 30 minutes the cookie is expired. This is a standard 'grace period' in web analytics. Ominture and WebTrends among many others follow the same procedure.
_utmz2 yearsCookie __utmz monitors the HTTP Referrer and notes where a visitor arrived from, with the referrer siloed into type (Search engine (organic or cpc), direct, social and unaccounted). From the HTTP Referrer the __utmz Cookie also registers, what keyword generated the visit plus geolocation data. This cookie lasts six months. In tracking terms this Cookie is perhaps the most important as it will tell you about your traffic and help with conversion information such as what source / medium / keyword to attribute for a Goal Conversion.


BTG website visitors who want to turn off these cookies can do so by changing their web browser settings. Please see www.allaboutcookies.org for more information about blocking cookies on your particular web browser.

How Will BTG Use the Personal Information that it Holds?
The information you provide to BTG will enable us to improve on the level of service provided to you and will allow us to make sure you receive updated information on BTG's activities and business that may be of interest to you.

We occasionally use other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, including printing, packaging and mailing company reports. We will only provide those companies the information they need to deliver the service and they are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose(s).

You should be aware that we may share your personal information in connection with (a) the sale, assignment, or other transfer of our business, in which case we will require any such buyer to agree to treat it consistently with this statement; or (b) where required by applicable laws, court orders, or government regulations.

BTG protects the security of your personal information to ensure that it is not lost, misused, disclosed without your consent, altered or destroyed. As BTG is a global organisation, your information may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country where BTG's subsidiaries are located. You should be aware that the level of data protection may not be as comprehensive as your home country.

Accessing your personal data

You have a right to request access to personal data which are held about you upon payment of a small fee. You may also seek confirmation from BTG that personal data is held, a written description of such personal data, the purpose(s) for which it is being used and details of any recipients of that data. You may also object to any unsolicited information sent to you by BTG.

Opting out of further communications from us

We may, from time to time, contact you by email with information about BTG that may be of interest to you (e.g. news updates). If you do not wish to receive such details you can opt-out of receiving further information from us by sending an email to info@btgplc.com. You should clearly state your name, username and registration details.

Contact information

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about this Privacy Policy, the information practices of this website, or if you wish to contact BTG about the personal data held about you, please email BTG at info@btgplc.com.

As part of BTG's commitment to compliance with data protection legislation, and to reflect changes in BTG's operating procedures, BTG may update the terms of this policy from time to time. We therefore ask you to check it occasionally to ensure that you are aware of the most recent version which will apply each time you access this website.

Viruses, hacking and other offences

You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack.

By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it. In accordance with good computing practice, you are advised to virus check all materials and/or content accessed and/or downloaded from this website using commercially available, up to date virus checking software.

Effective date

This privacy policy is effective as of 1 June 2012.

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