Gough Engineering uses a technology called “cookies” as part of our normal business procedure to track patterns of behaviour of visitors to the website. A cookie is an element of data that the website sends to your browser that is then stored on your system. You can set your browser to prevent this happening, to learn more about this option please visit aboutcookies.org. Any information collected in this way can be used to identify your computer unless you change your browser settings. The cookies used on this website are detailed below:

Cookies

The Gough Engineering website, like many websites, makes use of cookies that track usage of our website (if your browser settings allow it). These cookies are completely anonymous, we use Google Analytics software to measure how visitors engage with our website with the aim of improving our website for future visitors. 

Purpose: Session cookies allow users to be recognised within a website so any page changes or item or data selection you do is remembered from page to page. The session cookie can also offer another level of security to the site in certain instances. All session cookies are deleted once the browser window is closed. This is essential for the site to function properly.

Purpose: These cookies are added to store your cookie preference, and contain no identifiable information. They will stop the site from showing the cookie popup multiple times, and opt you out of cookies if required.

Purpose: This is a Third Party cookie that we use to analyse how people are using our website. We use the information provided by these cookies to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form and no personal data can be identified. These are not essential for the site to function properly.

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Data Protection

Gough Engineering collects and uses personal information about staff, customers, contacts and subcontractors who come into contact with the organization.  This information is gathered in order to enable it to provide the best possible service for all its customers. In addition, there may be a legal requirement to collect and use information to ensure that the company complies with its statutory obligations.

Gough is registered, as a Data Controllers, with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) detailing the information held and its use. These details are then available on the ICO’s website.

Purpose

This policy is intended to ensure that personal information is dealt with correctly and securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and other related legislation. It will apply to information regardless of the way it is collected, used, recorded, stored and destroyed, and irrespective of whether it is held in paper files or electronically.

All staff involved with the collection, processing and disclosure of personal data will be aware of their duties and responsibilities by adhering to these guidelines.

What is Personal Information?

Personal information or data is defined as data which relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data, or other information held.

Data Protection Principles

The Data Protection Act 2018 establishes six enforceable principles that must be adhered to at all times:

1. Personal data shall be processed fairly, transparently and lawfully;

2. Personal data must only be collected for a specified, explicit and legitimate purpose;

3. Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive;

4. Personal data shall be accurate and where necessary, kept up to date;

5. Personal data processed for any purpose shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes;

6. Personal data shall be kept secure i.e., protected by an appropriate degree of security.

General Statement

The company is committed to maintaining the above principles at all times. Therefore, we will:

  • Inform individuals why information is being collected when it is collected
  • Check the quality and the accuracy of the information it holds
  • Ensure that information is not retained for longer than is necessary
  • Ensure that when obsolete information is destroyed that it is done so appropriately and securely
  • Ensure that clear and robust safeguards are in place to protect personal information from loss, theft and unauthorised disclosure, irrespective of the format in which it is recorded
  • Share information with others only when it is appropriate to do so and inform the party when this is done
  • Set out procedures to respond to requests for access to personal information
  • Ensure our staff are aware of and understand our policies and procedures

Complaints

Complaints will be dealt with in accordance with the complaints policy. Complaints relating to information handling may be referred to the Information Commissioner (the statutory regulator).

Review

This policy will be reviewed as it is deemed appropriate, but no less frequently than every 2 years. The policy review will be undertaken by the Managing Director, the Office Manager, or another appropriate employee.  

Contacts

If you have any enquires in relation to this policy, please contact the Office Manager. Details can be found on our ‘Team Gough’ webpage. The Office Manager will also act as the contact point for any information access requests.

Further advice and information are available from the Information Commissioner’s Office: www.ico.gov.uk