Skillspond has a strong respect for your personal privacy and the protection of your data. We will only collect data when it is absolutely necessary to conduct our business.

We will never sell, rent or otherwise distribute or intentionally make your personal information public.

1.0 Personal Information that this website collects and why we collect it

This website collects and uses personal information for the following reasons:

1.1 Website “Visitor” Tracking

Like most websites, this site uses Google Analytics (GA) to track user interaction. We use this data to determine the number of people using our site, to better understand how they find and use our web pages and to see their journey through the website.

Although GA records data such as your geographical location, device, internet browser and operating system, none of this information personally identifies you to us. GA also records your computer’s IP address which could be used to personally identify you but Google does not grant us access to this. We consider Google to be a third-party data processor (see Section 5.0 below).

GA makes use of cookies, details of which can be found in see Section 3.0

1.2 Contact Forms and Email Links

Should you choose to contact us using the contact form on our Contact us page, or an email link like info@skillspond.com, none of the data that you supply will be stored by this website. The resulting email message will be transmitted and stored on Google’s G-Suite (see Section 5.0).

2.0 How We Store Your Personal Information

This website does not store any personal information. We do automatically log user’s IP address and session information such as the duration of the visit and the type of browser used. This is recognised by the web server and is only used for system administration and to provide statistics which the business uses to evaluate the use of our website.

3.0 Cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. This table below explains the cookies we use and why.

First-Party Cookies

These cookies are set by this website:

CookieCategoryDurationDescription
PHPSESSIDStrictly NecessaryUntil you close your browserTo maintain information about each visit to the website and enable core site functionality. This cookie does not contain any personal information and only lasts for the duration of your visit.
wordpress_test_cookieStrictly NecessaryUntil you close your browserA test performed to see if cookies are enabled on your browser.
wordpress_*Functionality12 monthsUsed to maintain any user’s identity if they log into the site. Only applicable for website administration and development.
wordpress_logged_in_*Functionality12 monthsUsed to maintain any user’s identity if they log into the site. Only applicable for website administration and development.
wordpress_sec_*FunctionalityUntil you close your browserUsed to maintain any user’s identity if they log into the site. Only applicable for website administration and development.
comment_author, comment_author_email, comment_author_urlFunctionality2 weeksThese cookies are set by WordPress when a visitor leaves a comment against a blog. We have disabled this functionality, using a plugin, so these cookies will no longer be set.
wp_dlm_downloadingFunctionality60 secondsThe cookie stores the version code of the file last downloaded by the client for 60 seconds, and then the cookie expires and is automatically deleted. It serves to prevent the server-side download counter from incrementing multiple times if a user double-clicks a link or if their browser/download-client makes multiple requests to download a file within a 60 second window.
No personally identifiable information is stored in the cookie.
cookie_notice_acceptedFunctionality12 monthsRecords that you have seen and actioned our cookie banner.

Third-Party Cookies

Third-party cookies are are set and managed by an external website, when you use this website.

Google Analytics will only be set if you click “I Accept” on our cookie banner:

CookieCategoryDurationDescription
_gaAnalytical2 yearsWe use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use our website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements. We have opted to anonymise any IP information and not to share our analytics data with anyone.Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on the site
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

For further information on Google Analytics cookies, please visit Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites or view the Google Privacy Policy .

_gatAnalytical10 minutesGoogle Analytics cookie – see above (used to throttle request rate)
_gidAnalytical24 hoursGoogle Analytics cookie – see above (used to distinguish users)

We do not automatically log personal data nor do we link information automatically logged by other means with personal data about specific individuals.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics (GA) across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

4.0 Web Hosting

All traffic (transferral of files) between this website and your browser is encrypted and delivered over HTTPS. We perform regular updates to our WordPress website to keep it as secure-as-possible (using a notification plugin, and RSS feeds, to inform of us of any updates). Admin access is further restricted using two-factor authentication.

Our website is hosted by 1and1 within in an EU datacentre. Full details of 1and1’s data centres can be found on the 1and1 website.

5.0 Our Third-Party Data Processors

We use a number of third parties to process personal data on our behalf. These third-parties are based in the USA and are EU-U.S Privacy Shield compliant.

6.0 Data Protection Contact

If you have any requests, or concerns, please get in touch.

7.0 Changes to our Privacy Policy

This privacy policy may change from time to time inline with legislation or industry developments. We will not explicitly inform our clients or website users of these changes. Instead, we recommend that you check this page occasionally for any policy changes. Specific policy changes and updates are mentioned in the changelog below.