Privacy Policy

T.A. Cook & Partner Consultants GmbH ("T.A. Cook" or "we") operates the Internet portal, which can be accessed via www.tacook.com and all other domains and related web pages and sub-domains ("tacook.com"). In the following Privacy Policy, T.A. Cook would like to inform you about the type, extent and purpose of the collection and use of your personal data when you visit tacook.com, register for online services such as our newsletter, sign up for conferences or order studies.

We take the protection of personal data very seriously and comply with all applicable data protection laws and directives. T.A. Cook only processes personal data and personally identifiable information when you have given us your express consent to do so or as permitted by law. We assure you that our operational office data practices comply with respective national data protection laws.

Personal Data

"Personal data" or personally identifiable information (PII) refers to any information relating to a natural person that identifies or can be used to identify said person. Personal information does not include corporate data or data that cannot be used to identify an individual.

Use of the Website

In general, you can browse T.A. Cook's web pages anonymously. Unless you voluntarily provide us with such data, we do not collect or store personally identifiable information when you visit tacook.com. Our log files are completely anonymous and are used for the sole purpose of diagnosing and resolving problems with the technical operation of tacook.com and for statistical purposes to improve and optimise the content and design of tacook.com.

However, notwithstanding the foregoing, every web server automatically records each visit to a website. To maintain system security, when you visit our website, our host's web server saves your IP address, the date of access, the URL of the page(s) visited, any content that is viewed and any other transactions. This information is collected anonymously and cannot be used by us to identify the user. Personally identifiable information is only collected when the visitor voluntarily submits such information, for example, to register with us or sign up for a conference (please see below). Any personal data you provide is used for the sole purpose of answering your questions, completing your orders or for technical administration.

On our website, you may find links to third party websites. We have no control over the data or privacy practices of these websites.

Cookies

We use cookies on our website. A cookie is a small text file sent by a web server to a web browser and stored locally on your hard drive in accordance with your browser's settings. Cookies contain information which can be subsequently read by a web server in the domain in which the cookie was issued to you.

Cookies cannot execute programs or place viruses on your computer. Their sole purpose is to make our website more user-friendly and efficient.

The cookies we use are of three types:

1. Session Cookies

These cookies identify the user while they are browsing the website and when they register for a conference or purchase a study paper via the website.

These cookies are not used to identify the user of the web page with real data such as a name or email address. The data inside the cookie is a code which is specific for each combination of browser and computer. The cookie is simply used to let our server know that a particular user has already visited the server or web pages.

During an online registration process for a conference or when a user is purchasing a study paper, this type of cookie is necessary to process and protect user input.

The session cookies used by T.A. Cook are:

  • A cookie set by Typo3 (a website editing application)
  • A cookie set by PHP (a programming language with which the website is created)
  • A cookie used by a secure program for registration and purchases

2. Analytical Cookies

These cookies are also called web tracking cookies and they identify the user against Google for their statistics.

These cookies provide us with information about which type of browser and version the user uses, the URL click stream (sequence of web pages that are visited), the date and time of the visit and the cookie number. They do not, however, disclose the name, address, email address or IP addresses of users.

These are exclusively for statistical purposes, for example, to show us which content is viewed most often on our website. This information enables us to create customised content such as our "Most Read" section and to offer visitors to our website a more user-friendly experience.

Furthermore, statistical information regarding browser type and operating system helps us to optimise our web design. We also aim to provide visitors to tacook.com with relevant content and services. To this end, we or our partners automatically analyse information contained in log files or cookies. We do this with the sole intention of supplying users with content and offers specific to their location and needs.

3. User-Specific Cookies

These cookies are used for saving the preference of users to store cookies on their device and for making the cookie notice as unobtrusive as possible. The default setting of these cookies is the user being in agreement of cookies being placed on their device and if the user withdraws their consent, these cookies are deleted with the exception of those cookies which are required to record the user's cookie selection preference. 

Are you happy for us to use cookies?

By using our website you are agreeing for us to place cookies on your device.

You can change your mind at any time but, currently are you happy for us to store and access cookies on your device for the purposes described? (Please note, however, that some functionality of this website may be impaired if you block cookies.)

If you do not change your settings here, your indicated current preference will continue to apply.

Alternatively, your internet browser should give you the option to reject new cookies. You can then either accept or block cookies. Most internet browsers are automatically set to accept cookies. You can change the settings of your internet browser, however, so that cookies are blocked by default. Details on how to change your settings can be found in your browser's help menu. For more information, please refer to www.allaboutcookies.org where you can learn about deleting cookies from your device.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics tool provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies. In principle, information on your use of this website contained in the cookie is sent to and stored on Google's servers in the USA. If IP masking has been activated on this website, your IP address will first be shortened by Google in member states of the European Union or the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases shall the full IP address be sent to Google's server in the USA and subsequently shortened. On behalf of tacook.com, Google uses this information to evaluate how visitors engage with the website in order to compile reports on website activity and to offer tacook.com further services pertinent to current website and Internet usage. The IP addresses sent from your browser to Google Analytics are not linked to any other data collected by Google.

You can prevent the storage of cookies by changing your settings via the tick boxes above or through your internet browser, as explained. We must advise you, however, that some functionality of this website may be impaired if you block cookies. If you do not wish data generated by cookies on your use of the website (incl. your IP address) to be shared with Google or to prevent the processing of such data by Google, you can download and install the browser add-on available at the following link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

The collection and use of your personal information by T.A. Cook strictly complies with applicable laws on data privacy protection and data security and the most recent regulations and guidelines contained in data protection directives as well as in accordance with the privacy options of your user account. If you would like to change the way in which we use your personal information, please follow the instructions given in the next section on "Editing personal data and data protection preferences".

Services that require provision of personal data (e.g. newsletter subscription, brochure/whitepaper downloads registration for conferences, ordering studies, etc) and your consent 

Some of the services we provide require users to provide us with personal data. Such services include but are not exclusive to subscribing to our newsletter or email alerts, downloading brochures and whitepapers, signing up for conferences organised by T.A. Cook or ordering studies. When you opt for any of these services, T.A. Cook shall ask you for personal information in order to provide you with the requested service (e.g. email address, job title, telephone number, postal address etc. This personal data will only be held on the T.A. Cook internal database and will not be supplied to 3rd parties without your knowledge and permission. All other personal data provided by the user will be solely used with the express consent of the user, when strictly necessary to complete an order or as otherwise permitted by law.

In opting for these services, you also provide consent for T.A. Cook to contact you with future information on additional services relevant to your field of interest. This information will be sent via email, post or telephone. You may unsubscribe from these communications at any time. If you wish to unsubscribe immediately upon registration, please send an email to info@tacook.com and your request will be honoured straight away.

For registration to some of our services, advance consent is required for the processing of your personal data. Under these circumstances, we provide clear information about how and to what extent we may use your personal data. T.A. Cook will keep a record of your consent. Should you not consent to the processing of your personal information in any way, it is possible that you will not be able to avail of these respective services.

Under certain circumstances T.A. Cook may receive your publicly available personal data through channels other than the provision of our services. If you are contacted by T.A. Cook without prior consent and would prefer that we do not continue to communicate with you, you will be given the opportunity to opt-out of the use of your data immediately and at any time thereafter.

Editing personal data and data protection preferences 

You can at all times view, change or correct your personal data and preferences related to data protection and privacy (e.g. whether and what kind of promotional material you want to receive), except where applicable data protection law allows otherwise. You can edit your personal data: 

a) by logging into your account on one of T.A. Cook's websites or 

b) by writing to us at T.A. Cook Consultants Ltd, 46 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7LR, UK or by email to info@tacook.com. Please always state your name, postal address and/or email address.

Right of Access to Information

You have the right to receive information on all data that we have stored about you at any time. Please write to us at: 
T.A. Cook Consultants Ltd, 46 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7LR, UK
or send an email to info@tacook.com.

Opt-out Clause

You can revoke your consent allowing T.A. Cook to collect and store personal data at any time. If you wish to do so, please write to us at the following address: 
T.A. Cook Consultants Ltd
46 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7LR, UK
or send an email to info@tacook.com.

We are committed to exercising all necessary measures to protect and ensure the security of your data. 


If you have any questions or comments with regard to our Privacy Policy please send us an email at info@tacook.com

Birmingham, 2014