If you do not want us to collect, use and/or transfer your personal information in this way then you should (depending on what it is you object to) cease to access and use esd and/or Contact Us and ask for your registration with esd to be deleted.
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Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience.
The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of all the cookies used on this website by category is set out below.
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for cannot be provided.
We use session cookies to store encrypted information about your current esd session. These cookies do not collect personal information, and we do not combine information collected through cookies with other personal information to tell us who you are or what your screen name or e-mail address is. The session cookies are deleted when you leave esd and close your browser.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
If you select the checkbox for your username to be remembered, we will also use an additional cookie to collect and store your username. This cookie will only be created when the checkbox is selected.
esd does not feature advertising or allow any cookies used by advertisers.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can alter your settings to allow you to be prompted every time a cookie is sent to you or you can choose not to receive cookies at all. However, please note that if you have 'disabled' cookies in your browser this way you may not be able to use certain features on esd.
Your "Record" constitutes the information we collect:
We also collect personal information when you submit personal information contained in any Content you may upload onto esd (including uploaded documents and posting messages on a Discussion Forum), or when you email, write to, or telephone us. From time to time we may also request additional information, either by contacting you directly or through esd. There will be no obligation on you to provide this additional information.
Your personal information is used by us so that we can administer and support esd and your registration with esd, and to provide you with access to the appropriate areas and functions of esd (including to particular Content) depending on your status as a User. For example:
In addition, where you have not withdrawn your consent to this in the "My Profile" page we may use your personal information:
IMPORTANT: Your email address usually contains personal information about you such as your name and where you work. This may appear from time to time on esd in areas accessible only by Network Members and Subscribers. For example when you first register, when you are participating in a Discussion Forum or in the Network of Local Government Practitioners.
An exception to the above are any system-based email messages requested, such as password reminders and messages sent from some reports.
We may use information provided by you (such as what you think about esd and improvements that you would like to see made) or statistical information collected, so that we can improve our service to you or make your visits to esd more rewarding.
Upon the request of a Local Authority we may, from time to time, provide them with a list of their Users.
Except in very specific circumstances, we do not disclose any of your information to other parties, except where you have given your consent in the "My Profile" section of esd.
Otherwise, we reserve the right to give your personal information to a third party without your consent where:
The Network of Local Government Practitioners is a search facility accessible by all Subscribers to search for peers, advisers and other practitioners in the local government community, based upon enhanced search criteria (the "Search Facility").
This Search Facility will search through the fields contained in Subscribers', Network Members' and Forum Users' Records in the "My Profile" section of esd. For example:
The above information is all provided at your option.
A successful search will produce one or more links to profiles of relevant Subscribers, Network Members or Forum Users. These profiles will include information from such person's Record contained in the "My Profile" section of esd.
Subscribers' use of the Search Facility must at all times comply with the User Policy, and in particular is subject to strict adherence with a number of rules set out in paragraph 10 of the User Policy.
IMPORTANT: Please note that we may update the "My Profile" section of esd which may alter or add to the fields available for the Search Facility. However Subscribers, Network Members and Forum Users are free to control whether specific information about them is included in the Search Facility, by removing such details from their "My Profile" section. Alternatively such persons can opt-out of the Search Facility altogether by ticking the appropriate box in the "My Profile" section.
We are strongly committed to data security and we take reasonable and appropriate steps to protect your personal information from unauthorised access, loss, misuse, alteration or corruption. We have put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information you provide to us.
However, while we strive to protect your personal information, due to the nature of the internet we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us. With this in mind, we urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal information while you are on the internet.
We will keep and use the personal information contained in your Record for as long as you are registered as a Network Member, Subscriber or Forum User, and for at least 7 years afterwards, in order to deal with any consequent queries or complaints you may have.
If you cease to access esd for over 2 years then we shall mark your Record as "gone away" and inactivate your registration. If you wish to use esd after such period has elapsed then you may need to re-register with us.
If you cease to access esd for over 7 years then your Record will be expunged from our systems, unless there is a specific legal reason or requirement to keep the information for longer, for example if it is relevant to any current or potential legal proceedings.
Any references to you in any current esd records, forum posts, and any statistical or anonymised information (from which you cannot be identified) may be kept for longer periods.