Privacy policy

Our privacy policy outlines the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information.

What is this privacy policy for?

This privacy policy is for this website [] and served by PATCH and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it.

The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website and website owners. Furthermore the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.

The website

This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience.

Website visitors

Like most website operators, this website collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. PATCH’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use this website.

This website also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. PATCH does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.

Gathering of personally-identifying information

Certain visitors to this website choose to interact with this website in ways that require this website to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that this website gathers depends on the nature of the interaction.

For example, this website asks visitors who wish to apply for funding to provide information that will allow PATCH to conduct a preliminary assessment of a particular project or proposal that requires funding. PATCH does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Protection of certain personally-identifying information

PATCH will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.

Visitors applying for funding do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form to email submission process but advise users using such form to email processes that they do so at their own risk.

PATCH takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Use of cookies

Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computers hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website.

This website sets only non-intrusive cookies that do not store any personally-identifying information when being viewed by the public (i.e. a user that is not logged into the adminstrative backend) and as such, this website does not seek consent to allow or disallow the use of cookies.

Essential cookies

The cookies set by this website when being viewed by the public is as follows.

Cookie name Description
DYNSRV Load Balancer: This cookie is used to identify the server that is active for your request on our web host’s cluster. It’s purpose is to improve the performance of the website. This is an essential cookie to the operation of the site that is always set by the load balancer and does not store any personal information.

Cookies for improving service

Google Analytics is a tool that the owners of this website use to measure how users interact with website content.

Google Analytics does not store any personal information about this website’s visitors. Read the Google Analytics privacy document for more details.

PATCH shares anonymous data with Google in order to enable features like benchmarking and publications that can help understand data trends.

Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gat 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate.

External links

Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website.

The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

Privacy policy changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, PATCH may change its privacy policy from time to time, and in PATCH’s sole discretion. PATCH encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its privacy policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this privacy policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Resources & further information

Revised July 2015 by PATCH, Registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation No: SCO44231, Little Court, 69 Dundee Road, Dundee, DD5 1NA