Information and communication technologies play a fundamental role in the activities of an organisation like The Welding Institute. We are based in the UK.
Our principle activities are:
This privacy and cookie use policy explains how we use any personal information we collect about you when you use this website.
You can access our website’s home page and browse much of our site without disclosing your personal information.
Our website includes links to external websites and a link to:
Such third party web service providers may collect personal information about our visitors. This privacy and cookie use policy only applies to this website so when you link to other websites you should read their own privacy and cookie use policies.
A cookie is a small amount of data which is sent to your browser from a website's computer and is stored on your device's hard drive. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you.
Cookie notice for users
By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing with us that we can place the types of cookies as described on your device.
Cookies set by us for improving our service to you
The following cookies are used by Google Analytics, and are applied to every page of the The Welding Institute site. Google Analytics set cookies to help The Welding Institute accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.
Purpose: logs where a visitor came from, e.g. a search engine or from another website
Typical content: no personal information about you, only a randomly generated identification number linked to information about your computer and your browser
Expires: 6 months after it was last set on your device
Purpose: logs each user’s number of visits, the time of the first visit, the previous visit and the current visit
Expires: 2 years after your last visit to the website
Purpose: logs when a user starts their visit
Expires: 30 minutes after your visit or after 30 minutes of inactivity
Purpose: logs when a user ends their visit
Expires: when you close your browser
For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.
Purpose: session identifier cookies are set if you have login credentials after registering with our website and agreeing our terms and conditions. The cookie recognises your movement around the site as being from one computer.
Typical content: information about the session but the cookie itself does not contain any personal information
Name: RememberMe (2 cookies)
Purpose: after entering your username and password in the login page, you can check this box allowing the website to remember your login details on your next visit so that you do not have to repeat the login process. These are ‘persistent cookies’ which are only set by your actions.
Typical content: username and password and a session verification cookies to authenticate your login details against our login database.
Expires: never until the logged in user clicks the ‘log out’ option
Cookies set by third-party services
Throughout the site we use the services of external service providers to enhance the visitors’ experience. They set cookies to enhance their service or to track usage or to validate users. These cookies are only set when the page that uses that service is visited for example when you select a link and opt in to such a service. The Welding Institute is not responsible for the content of third party websites and does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for further information.
Google Analytic cookies for improving our service
Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google does not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. To give you additional control over Google Analytics cookies, Google provides an opt-out plug-in for most common website browsers.
Cookies set by ‘Share This’
The ShareThis widget places the following cookies on your computer to make their service easier to use and to measure the size of our website’s audience.
Purpose: identifies when a user had had a cookie set on their computer so that the task is not repeated in the next eight hours
Typical content: contains the text ‘true’ or ‘false’ depending on whether you have enabled cookie sharing
Expires: 8 hours after being set on your device
Purpose: identifies users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share
Typical content: a randomly generated number identifies the session
Expires: 1 year after the cookie is set on your device
Purpose: measures the website’s audience size
Other cookies set by third party sites
The Welding Institute website also hosts links to various social media portals and offers options to ‘share’ information. When selecting a link and opting in to such a service, you may be presented with a cookie. The Welding Institute is not responsible for the content of third party websites and does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for further information. If you do not agree, do not use links to third parties
How to control and delete cookies
For example, this is how it can be achieved in Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0:
You can also delete cookies in Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 by:
Please be aware however that if you choose to block cookies you may not be able to access certain features of this web site. For rejecting and deleting cookies on other web browsing platforms and mobile devices you may need to refer to your software or device manual.
It may be that your concerns about cookies are related to malicious spyware. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.
What information do we collect about you and how do we use it?
We collect personal information that you may volunteer while using our services.
We do not collect personal information about our visitors from other sources, such as public records or bodies, or private organisations.
To access the table of personal information collected and purposes for which they are used, please click here.
We do not collect or use personal data for any purpose other than that indicated in the table below.
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, we shall offer you the means to consent to this new purpose, by indicating in a check box at the point on the site where personal information is collected.
We do not disclose our visitors’ personal information to third parties but may pass relevant anonymous data to appropriate project partners or, in the case of examination candidates, to the appropriate certifying body.
How do we secure your information?
We do not give visitors to our website the option of using a secure transmission method to send us their personal data other than where the Barclays secure server is used for e-commerce transactions.
We have implemented security polices, rules and technical measures to protect the personal information that we have under our control from:
All our employees and data processors, who have access to, and are associated with, the processing of personal information, are obliged to respect the confidentiality of our visitors’ personal information.
We ensure that your personal data will not be disclosed to State institutions and authorities except if required by law or other regulation.
Access to your information and correction
You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, you can contact us by:
We will provide you with a readable copy of the personal data which we keep about you within 40 days, although we may require you to provide proof of your identity before we disclose your personal data. We may charge up to £10 for this.
We want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask us to correct or remove personal information that we hold on you which you think is inaccurate.
Privacy and cookie use compliance
Our privacy and cookie use policy complies with the following UK instruments and their amendments:
Changes to our privacy and cookie use policy
We keep our privacy and cookie use policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this webpage. This privacy and cookie use policy was last updated on 13 June 2012.
How to contact us
If you have an enquiry or concern about our privacy and cookie use policy, please contact:
Primary personal data / Business information
X = Volunteered by each visitor
X = Volunteered by each visitor