All contents and information contained on 1stAdvance.com are protected under copyright law, so nothing, even in part, may be copied, modified or sold. 1stAdvance.com is a web site owned by 1stAdvance Limited of: 21 London Road, Tywford, Reading. RG10 9EH. UK (hereinafter referred to as 1stAdvance)
1stAdvance has no responsibility for the content of external sites, which can be accessed through links located within the this site and provided as a simple service to users. All information on this site is disclosed directly by the the vendors we work with or collected directly from official sources. 1stAdvance Ltd is not responsible for any inaccurate information.
This page describes the method of managing the site regarding the handling of personal data of those who use it. It is an informational notice regarding the protection of personal data for those who interact with 1stAdvance.com.
The notice is also based on recommendations for the protection of personal data and to identify the minimum requirements for the online collection of personal data and, in particular:
- the methods
- time frames
- nature of the information
that the data controllers must provide to the users when they connect to this website, regardless of the purpose for the connection.
The Data Controller
After consulting this site, data relating to identified or identifiable persons may be processed.
The “data controller” for handling this data is 1stAdvance Ltd of 21 London Road, Twyford, Reading Berkshire. RG10 9EH
Data Processing Location
Processing connected with web services for this site are at the aforementioned registered offices of the company and are handled only by authorised personnel or others entrusted with occasional maintenance operations. No data from the web service is communicated or distributed.
The personal data provided by the users who request informational material (mailing list, newsletter, responses to questions, etc.) are only used for the purposes of performing the service requested and are not communicated to third parties.
Type Of Data Processed
The IT systems and software procedures used to operate this website acquire, during normal operation, some personal data whose transmission is implicit in the use of Internet communication protocols. This is information that is not collected to be associated with specific individuals but which, by its very nature could allow the users to be identified through processing and associations with data held by third parties. This category of data includes IP address or the names and domains of computers used by users who connect to the site, the URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) of the resources requested, the time of the request, the method used to submit the request to the server, the dimension of the file obtained in response, the numeric code indicating the status of the response from the server (successful, error, etc.) and other parameters related to the user’s operating system and IT environment.
This data is only used to obtain anonymous statistical data on the use of the website and to check that it is operating correctly.
The data could be used to ascertain responsibility in the event of hypothetical computer crimes against the site.
Data voluntarily provided by the user
The optional, explicit and voluntary sending of electronic mail to the addresses indicated on this site entails the subsequent acquisition of the sender’s address, needed to respond to the requests, as well as any other personal data included in the message.
What are Cookies?
For almost any modern website to work properly, it needs to collect certain basic information on its users. To do this, a site will create files known as cookies – which are small text files – on its users’ computers. These cookies are designed to allow the website to recognise its users on subsequent visits, or to authorise other designated websites to recognise these users for a particular purpose.
Cookies do a lot of different jobs which make your experience of the Internet much smoother and more interactive. For instance, they are used to remember your preferences on sites you visit often, to remember your user ID and the contents of your shopping baskets, and to help you navigate between pages more efficiently. They also help ensure that the advertisements that you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. Much, though not all, of the data that they collect is anonymous, though some of it is designed to detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location to improve user experience.
Some websites may also contain images called ‘web beacons’ (also known as ‘clear gifs’). Web beacons only collect limited information, including a cookie number, a timestamp, and a record of the page on which they are placed. Websites may also carry web beacons placed by third party advertisers. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign (for example by counting the number of visitors).
Information collected by cookies and web beacons is not personally identifiable.
We collect a number of cookies from our users for various reasons, not least to track our own performance – but also to let us serve you content tailored to your own specifications, hopefully improving your overall experience of the site. Amongst other things, the cookies we use allow users to register to make comments, allow us to calculate how many visitors we have – anonymously, of course – and how long they stay on our site.
We believe that your experience of the site would be adversely affected if you opted out of the cookies we use.
What types of cookie are there and which ones do we use?
There are two types of cookie:
- Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for a set period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
- Session cookies are temporary. They allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
Cookies also have, broadly speaking, four different functions and can be categorised as follow:
- Strictly necessary cookies . These are essential to navigate around a website and use its features. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to use basic services like registration or shopping baskets. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.
Examples of how we use ‘strictly necessary’ cookies include:
Setting unique identifiers for each unique visitor, so site numbers can be analysed.
- Performance cookies. These collect anonymous data for statistical purposes on how visitors use a website, they don’t contain personal information, and are used to improve your user experience of a website.
Here are some examples of how we use performance cookies:
Gathering data about visits to the Website, including numbers of visitors and visits, length of time spent on the site, pages clicked on or where visitors have come from.
For comparison with other websites using data collected by industry-accepted measurement and research companies.
Information supplied by performance cookies helps us to understand how you use the Website; for example, whether or not you have visited before, what you looked at or clicked on and how you found us. We can then use this data to help improve our services. We generally use independent analytics companies to perform these services for us and when this is the case, these cookies may be set by a third party company (third party cookies).
- Functionality cookies . These allow users to customise how a website looks for them: they can remember usernames, language preferences and regions, and can be used to provide more personal services like local weather reports and traffic news.
Here are some examples of how we use functionality cookies:
Storing your user preferences on Your account page
Restricting the number of times you’re shown a particular advertisement (which is sometimes called ‘frequency capping’.
- Advertising and targeting cookies. These are used to deliver advertisements more relevant to you, but can also limit the number of times you see an advertisement, and be used to chart the effectiveness of an ad campaign by tracking users’ clicks. They can also provide security in transactions. They are usually placed by third-party advertising networks with a website operator’s permission, but can be placed by the operator themselves. They can remember that you have visited a website, and this information can be shared with other organisations, including other advertisers. They cannot determine who you are though, as the data collected is never linked to your profile.
The two main ways we use advertising and targeting cookies are set out below:
- Interest-based advertising (or online behavioural advertising) is where cookies are placed on your device by our third party service providers which remember your web browsing activity and group together your interests in order to provide you with targeted advertisements which are more relevant to you when you visit 1stadvance.com. Your previous web browsing activity can also be used to infer things about you, such as your demographics (age, gender etc.).
- ‘Retargeting’ is a form of interest-based advertising that enables our advertising partners to show you advertisements selected based on your online browsing activity away from the Website. This allows companies to advertise to people who previously visited their website. These cookies will usually be placed on your device by third-party advertising networks and we have listed the main third party networks we work with below.
Remembering if you’ve been to the site before so that messages intended for first-time users are not displayed to you.
Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests. If you would like more information about interest-based advertising, including how to opt-out of these cookies.
How do I control my cookies?
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies and many websites will not work properly or you will lose some functionality. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our Website for these reasons.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings, and check the following links for more browser-specific information.
Monitoring And Statistics
This website uses a Web Analytics service provided by Google. The measuring system may use “cookies”, small text files that are saved on the visitor’s PC to allow anonymous analysis of how the website is used. The completely anonymous information that is saved in the cookies includes: date and time of website access, unique ID and session ID. This information is sent to the Google servers where the Google Analytics software is installed to prepare reports regarding use of the website and web marketing activities as well as providing the visitor with functionality and interaction during navigation. Google may transfer this information to third parties who process data on its behalf or if required by law. Cookies can be disabled at any time on the PC by changing the Security and Privacy settings in the browser, but this option may greatly limit many of the navigation functionality on the website. The complete notice, as set out here. By continuing navigation on this website, you declare that you have read the notice and consent for the treatment of your data by Google, according to the methods and for the purposes indicated above
Optional Sending Of Data
Apart from that specified for navigation data, the user is free to provide personal data contained in the request forms sent to the company. Failure to provide the information could result in it being impossible to obtain the information requested.
Personal data is processed using automatic and non-automatic tools to achieve the purposes for which it was collected. Specific security measures are followed to prevent data loss, illegal or improper use and unauthorised access. The data collected may be used by the data controller and administrators charged with performing processing services and the proper performance of the website activities.
Rights Of The Interested Parties
Those subjects to whom the personal data refers have the right at any time to obtain confirmation of the existence or lack of said data and to be aware of its contents and origin, verify its correctness or request its completion or updating, or correction.
According to the same article, the subject has the right to ask for the deletion, transformation into an anonymous form or blocking of the data processed in violation of the law, as well as to oppose its processing, in any case, for legitimate reasons. Requests should be addressed to 1stAdvance Ltd of 21 London Road, Twyford, Berkshre. RG10 9EH; or via certified email to email@example.com