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Privacy Policy and Cookie Consent

PRIVACY POLICY

This privacy policy applies between you, the User of this Website and Virtually Fluent Ltd., the owner and provider of this Website. Virtually Fluent Ltd. takes the privacy of your information very seriously. This privacy policy applies to our use of any and all Data collected by us or provided by you in relation to your use of the Website.

This privacy policy should be read alongside, and in addition to, our Terms and Conditions, which can be found at: https://virtually-fluent.com/terms-and-conditions/.

Please read this privacy policy carefully.

Definitions and interpretation

  1. In this privacy policy, the following definitions are used:

Data

collectively all information that you submit to Virtually Fluent Ltd. via the Website. This definition incorporates, where applicable, the definitions provided in the Data Protection Laws;

Cookies

a small text file placed on your computer by this Website when you visit certain parts of the Website and/or when you use certain features of the Website. Details of the cookies used by this Website are set out in the clause below ( Cookies);

Data Protection Laws

any applicable law relating to the processing of personal Data, including but not limited to the Directive 96/46/EC (Data Protection Directive) or the GDPR, and any national implementing laws, regulations and secondary legislation, for as long as the GDPR is effective in the UK;

GDPR

the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679;

Virtually Fluent Ltd., we  or us

  Virtually Fluent Ltd., a company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 11482493 whose registered office is at Yeoman’s Well,  Ripon,   North Yorkshire,  HG4 3EP; 

UK and EU Cookie Law

the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended by the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011;

User or you

any third party that accesses the Website and is not either (i) employed by Virtually Fluent Ltd. and acting in the course of their employment or (ii) engaged as a consultant or otherwise providing services to Virtually Fluent Ltd. and accessing the Website in connection with the provision of such services; and

Website

the website that you are currently using, https://virtually-fluent.com, and any sub-domains of this site unless expressly excluded by their own terms and conditions.

  1. In this privacy policy, unless the context requires a different interpretation:

    1. the singular includes the plural and vice versa;

    2. references to sub-clauses, clauses, schedules or appendices are to sub-clauses, clauses, schedules or appendices of this privacy policy;

    3. a reference to a person includes firms, companies, government entities, trusts and partnerships;

    4. “including” is understood to mean “including without limitation”;

    5. reference to any statutory provision includes any modification or amendment of it;

    6. the headings and sub-headings do not form part of this privacy policy.

Scope of this privacy policy

  1. This privacy policy applies only to the actions of Virtually Fluent Ltd. and Users with respect to this Website. It does not extend to any websites that can be accessed from this Website including, but not limited to, any links we may provide to social media websites.

  1. For purposes of the applicable Data Protection Laws, Virtually Fluent Ltd. is the “data controller”. This means that Virtually Fluent Ltd. determines the purposes for which, and the manner in which, your Data is processed.

Data collected

  1. We may collect the following Data, which includes personal Data, from you:

    1. name;

    2. date of birth;

    3. job title;

    4. contact Information such as email addresses and telephone numbers;

    5. demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests;

    6. financial information such as credit/debit card numbers;

    7. IP address (automatically collected);

    8. web browser type and version (automatically collected);

    9. operating system(automatically collected);

    10. a list of URLs starting with a referring site, your activity on this Website,and the site you exit to (automatically collected);

    11. Likes and dislikes of posts, comments on posts, date accessed website, country of website access, number of clicks made on website, photos, videos or any means of media uploaded by user to our website including but not limited to profile picture and cover photo, courses enrolled in, course certificates, quiz and assignment results, course points, course groups enrolled in, connections, date and time last active on website, course reviews, course feedback and course notes.;

in each case, in accordance with this privacy policy.

How we collect Data

  1. We collect Data in the following ways:

    1. data is given to us by you  ; and

    2. data is collected automatically.

Data that is given to us by you

  1. Virtually Fluent Ltd. will collect your Data in a number of ways, for example:

    1. when you contact us through the Website, by telephone, post, e-mail or through any other means;

    2. when you register with us and set up an account to receive our products/services;

    3. when you complete surveys that we use for research purposes (although you are not obliged to respond to them);

    4. when you elect to receive marketing communications from us;

    5. when you use our services;

in each case, in accordance with this privacy policy.

Data that is collected automatically

  1. To the extent that you access the Website, we will collect your Data automatically, for example:

    1. we automatically collect some information about your visit to the Website. This information helps us to make improvements to Website content and navigation, and includes your IP address, the date, times and frequency with which you access the Website and the way you use and interact with its content.

    2. we will collect your Data automatically via cookies, in line with the cookie settings on your browser. For more information about cookies, and how we use them on the Website, see the section below, headed “Cookies”.

Our use of Data

  1. Any or all of the above Data may be required by us from time to time in order to provide you with the best possible service and experience when using our Website. Specifically, Data may be used by us for the following reasons:

    1. internal record keeping;

    2. improvement of our products / services;

    3. transmission by email of marketing materials that may be on interested to you;

    4. contact for market research purposes which may be done using email, telephone, fax or mail. Such information may be used to customise or update the Website;

in each case, in accordance with this privacy policy.

  1. We may use your Data for the above purposes if we deem it necessary to do so for our legitimate interests. If you are not satisfied with this, you have the right to object in certain circumstances (see the section headed “Your rights” below).

  2. For the delivery of direct marketing to you via e-mail, we’ll need your consent, whether via an opt-in or soft-opt-in:

    1. soft opt-in consent is a specific type of consent which applies when you have previously engaged with us (for example, you contact us to ask us for more details about a particular product/service, and we are marketing similar products/services). Under “soft opt-in” consent, we will take your consent as given unless you opt-out.

    2. for other types of e-marketing, we are required to obtain your explicit consent; that is, you need to take positive and affirmative action when consenting by, for example, checking a tick box that we’ll provide.

    3. if you are not satisfied about our approach to marketing, you have the right to withdraw consent at any time. To find out how to withdraw your consent, see the section headed “Your rights” below.

  3. When you register with us and set up an account to receive our services, the legal basis for this processing is the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract.

  4. We may use your Data to show you Virtually Fluent Ltd. adverts and other content on other websites. If you do not want us to use your data to show you Virtually Fluent Ltd. adverts and other content on other websites, please turn off the relevant cookies (please refer to the section headed “Cookies” below).

Who we share Data with

14. We may share your Data with the following groups of people for the following reasons:

    1. our employees, agents and/or professional advisors – to obtain advice from professional advisers, to improve our services and products and to provide a personalised service to the best of our abilities;

    2. third party service providers who provide services to us which require the processing of personal data – to help third party service providers in receipt of any shared data to perform functions on our behalf to help ensure the website runs smoothly;

    3. third party payment providers who process payments made over the Website – to enable third party payment providers to process user payments and refunds;

    4. Website Users – for the purpose if providing a social community and allowing interaction with other course members. .

in each case, in accordance with this privacy policy.

Keeping Data secure

15. We will use technical and organisational measures to safeguard your Data, for example:

    1. access to your account is controlled by a password and a username that is unique to you.

    2. we store your Data on secure servers.

16. Technical and organisational measures include measures to deal with any suspected data breach. If you suspect any misuse or loss or unauthorised access to your Data, please let us know immediately by contacting us via this e-mail address: admin@virtually-fluent.com

17. If you want detailed information from Get Safe Online on how to protect your information and your computers and devices against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other online problems, please visit www.getsafeonline.org. Get Safe Online is supported by HM Government and leading businesses.

Data retention

18. Unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law, we will only hold your Data on our systems for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this privacy policy or until you request that the Data be deleted.

19. Even if we delete your Data, it may persist on backup or archival media for legal, tax or regulatory purposes.

Your rights

20. You have the following rights in relation to your Data:

    1. Right to access – the right to request (i) copies of the information we hold about you at any time, or (ii) that we modify, update or delete such information. If we provide you with access to the information we hold about you, we will not charge you for this, unless your request is “manifestly unfounded or excessive.” Where we are legally permitted to do so, we may refuse your request. If we refuse your request, we will tell you the reasons why.

    2. Right to correct – the right to have your Data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete.

    3. Right to erase – the right to request that we delete or remove your Data from our systems.

    4. Right to restrict our use of your Data – the right to “block” us from using your Data or limit the way in which we can use it.

    5. Right to data portability – the right to request that we move, copy or transfer your Data.

    6. Right to object – the right to object to our use of your Data including where we use it for our legitimate interests.

21. To make enquiries, exercise any of your rights set out above, or withdraw your consent to the processing of your Data (where consent is our legal basis for processing your Data), please contact us via this e-mail address: admin@virtually-fluent.com.

22. If you are not satisfied with the way a complaint you make in relation to your Data is handled by us, you may be able to refer your complaint to the relevant data protection authority. For the UK, this is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO’s contact details can be found on their website at https://ico.org.uk/.

23. It is important that the Data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your Data changes during the period for which we hold it.

Links to other websites

24. This Website may, from time to time, provide links to other websites. We have no control over such websites and are not responsible for the content of these websites. This privacy policy does not extend to your use of such websites. You are advised to read the privacy policy or statement of other websites prior to using them.

Changes of business ownership and control

25. Virtually Fluent Ltd. may, from time to time, expand or reduce our business and this may involve the sale and/or the transfer of control of all or part of Virtually Fluent Ltd.. Data provided by Users will, where it is relevant to any part of our business so transferred, be transferred along with that part and the new owner or newly controlling party will, under the terms of this privacy policy, be permitted to use the Data for the purposes for which it was originally supplied to us.

26. We may also disclose Data to a prospective purchaser of our business or any part of it.

27. In the above instances, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring your privacy is protected.

Cookies

28. This Website may place and access certain Cookies on your computer. Virtually Fluent Ltd. uses Cookies to improve your experience of using the Website and to improve our range of services.  Virtually Fluent Ltd. has carefully chosen these Cookies and has taken steps to ensure that your privacy is protected and respected at all times.

29. All Cookies used by this Website are used in accordance with current UK and EU Cookie Law.

30. Before the Website places Cookies on your computer, you will be presented with a message bar requesting your consent to set those Cookies. By giving your consent to the placing of Cookies, you are enabling Virtually Fluent Ltd. to provide a better experience and service to you. You may, if you wish, deny consent to the placing of Cookies; however certain features of the Website may not function fully or as intended.

31. This Website may place the following Cookies:

Type of Cookie

Purpose

Strictly necessary cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.

Analytical/performance cookies

They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Functionality cookies

These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Targeting cookies

These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

32. You can find a list of Cookies that we use in the Cookies Schedule.

33. You can choose to enable or disable Cookies in your internet browser. By default, most internet browsers accept Cookies but this can be changed. For further details, please consult the help menu in your internet browser.

34. You can choose to delete Cookies at any time; however you may lose any information that enables you to access the Website more quickly and efficiently including, but not limited to, personalisation settings.

35. It is recommended that you ensure that your internet browser is up-to-date and that you consult the help and guidance provided by the developer of your internet browser if you are unsure about adjusting your privacy settings.

36. For more information generally on cookies, including how to disable them, please refer to aboutcookies.org. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer.

General

37. You may not transfer any of your rights under this privacy policy to any other person. We may transfer our rights under this privacy policy where we reasonably believe your rights will not be affected.

38. If any court or competent authority finds that any provision of this privacy policy (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision will, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of this privacy policy will not be affected.

39. Unless otherwise agreed, no delay, act or omission by a party in exercising any right or remedy will be deemed a waiver of that, or any other, right or remedy.

40. This Agreement will be governed by and interpreted according to the law of England and Wales. All disputes arising under the Agreement will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.

Changes to this privacy policy

41. Virtually Fluent Ltd. reserves the right to change this privacy policy as we may deem necessary from time to time or as may be required by law. Any changes will be immediately posted on the Website and you are deemed to have accepted the terms of the privacy policy on your first use of the Website following the alterations.   You may contact Virtually Fluent Ltd. by email at virtuallyfluentltd@gmail.com.

Attribution

42. This privacy policy was created using a document from Rocket Lawyer (https://www.rocketlawyer.com/gb/en).

 

Last Updated: 22nd August 2020

Cookies

Should you decide to change your preferences later through your browsing session, you can click on the “Privacy & Cookie Policy” tab on your screen. This will display the consent notice again enabling you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent entirely.

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. To find out more out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit wikipedia.org, www.allaboutcookies.org.

The below list details the cookies used in our website.

CookieDescription
ADKCThis domain is owned by Paypal. The main business activity is: E-commerce Provision
akavpau_ppsdThis domain is owned by Paypal. The main business activity is: E-commerce Provision
appointments_time_zone
awxxxxUsed to attribute commission to affiliates when you arrive at the website from an affiliate referral link. It is set when you click on one of our links and used to let the advertiser and us know the website from which you came.
cookies.jsThis cookie determines whether to show the end user the cookie policy modal.
GPSYouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
mailchimp_landing_siteThis cookie is used for general ecommerce customer tracking to log which page the user visited when they entered our website, and to associate this page with a perspective cart/enquiry submission. We also use this to allow sign-ups to our blog, where the first name, second name and email address are entered.
nc_statusThis cookie our own used to optimise website traffic and distribution of services.
OptanonAlertBoxClosedThis cookie is set by websites using certain versions of the cookie law compliance solution from OneTrust. It is set after visitors have seen a cookie information notice and in some cases only when they actively close the notice down. It enables the website not to show the message more than once to a user. The cookie has a one year lifespan and contains no personal information.
PYPFPayPal uses Cookies to recognise its customers and to shorten the time the user needs to log in to his PayPal account by checking his email on PayPal database.
SHost: docs.google.com
tk_aiThis cookie is used for tracking purposes.
tk_lrCollection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.
tk_orCollection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.
tk_qsGathers information for WordPress.com about how services are used. A collection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.
tk_rlCollection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.
tk_tcCollection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.
tk_tcGathers information for WordPress.com about how services are used. A collection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.
visHost: gettyimages.com
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVEThis cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos
Woocommerce_cart_hashThis cookie is used by woocommerce and contains the end user's cart information.
woocommerce_items_in_cartThis cookie is used by woocommerce and contains the end user's cart information.
wordpress_test_cookieUsed on sites built with WordPress. Tests whether or not the browser has cookies enabled
wplc_chat_statusCookie that keeps track of current status of the chat, used to determine if the chat has been initiated or if the user is simply browsing the site.
wplc_cidA cookie that stores the chat ID via WP-Live Chat by 3CX.
wp_apiGathers information for WordPress Rest API, an analytics tool about how services are used. A collection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.
wp_api_secCookies used to run and administer the WordPress blog, including session and time.
wp_woocommerce_session_930061aef5c417acb499dc56734c5164Contains a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the cart data in the database for each customer.
x-cdnThis domain is owned by Paypal. The main business activity is: E-commerce Provision
YSCYouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
_gidThis cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
_icl_current_languageThis cookie name is associated with a WordPress multilingual plug-in from WPML. It stores a language value for the website. Where the cookie is set in response to a user action or request, and as long as it has a short lifespan, it can be treated as strictly necessary.
__cfduidThis cookie is used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis