Bytes provide security, cloud management, software licensing, software asset management, data storage, training, consultancy services and information security professional services & assurance testing. Bytes has its registered office address at Bytes House, Randalls Way, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7TW and is a subsidiary of Allied Electronics t/a Altron based in South Africa.
Bytes operate the following websites: www.bytes.co.uk; www.phoenixs.co.uk and www.licensedashboard.com.
The following principles are complied with when processing personal data:
Lawful Basis of Processing Data
The lawful basis of processing of data will always be determined prior to any data being processed. Bytes processes personal data under one, or more, of the following Lawful Bases in accordance with GDPR:
Type of Personal Data Collected
The type of personal data collected may include:
How Personal Data is Collected
Personal data is obtained from one or more of the following:
Why Personal Data is Collected
Personal data is collected to provide legitimate business services which include:
However, where indicated, some of the information is optional and you can choose not to complete.
How Personal Data is Used
Personal data may be used to:
Where Personal Data is Stored
Information collected is stored on the Company’s CRM system.
As part of any services offered by Bytes, information provided may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (‘EEA’) i.e. our servers, or third party servers that are used to provide Bytes services located in a country outside the EEA. By submitting your data, you consent to the transfer, storage and/or processing of your data wherever it be stored. However, if your data is transferred outside the EEA, steps will be taken to ensure appropriate security measures are in place to ensure your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Policy.
Bytes websites - Previous browsing history is available to Bytes employees only, to determine your interests in order that we can engage with you more effectively and improve our site. If Cookies are switched off then your previous browsing history is no longer be available to Bytes (See “Cookies” below). If you do not wish for us to have your personal information, please do not fill out any of the web forms on these sites.
Livechat (https://www.livechatinc.com/) provides our webchat functionality. Data provided via this system may be stored on servers based in the United States under a "Privacy Shield". This means that the data will be managed to similar standards to those required under GDPR.
How Long Personal Data is Stored
We review our retention periods for personal data on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations. We will hold personal data on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us.
Who Has Access to Personal Data
Only Bytes employees are granted access to customer data. This is ensured by the use of strict operational processes and procedures.
Staff are trained on security systems and relevant processes and procedures which are reviewed regularly for ongoing effectiveness and suitability for purpose. All employees are kept up-to-date on the Bytes security and privacy practices. Employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure that customer information is protected.
Personal data provided via the Company’s portals is secured using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) server and is encrypted before being transmitted. Secure pages have a lock icon or key on the bottom of web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, information supplied by you on these webpages is securely stored and can only be accessed for the purposes for which it was provided.
All IT systems are kept in a secure environment with appropriate access control. We are audited on a regular basis by various independent security companies, plus internal audits by the Company’s Parent company.
Non-sensitive details (your email address and other requested information) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.
We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.
Third Party Service Providers working on our behalf:
We may pass your information to our third party service providers, agents, subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf. However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure.
Third Party Product Providers we work in association with:
We may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party including for a merger, acquisition, divestiture, or similar transaction or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation.
We may also further transfer data if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation or to law enforcement. However, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.
Different rules apply depending on the type of Lawful Processing being undertaken, however many of the following individuals’ rights apply whatever the basis of processing:
The accuracy of personal data is imperative. We aim to keep it updated at all times. The personal data we hold on you is available upon request by contacting [email protected]. You can request that your data is updated and/or deleted at any time, unless Bytes can justify that it is retained for legitimate business or legal purpose. When updating your personal data, you may be asked to verify your identity before your request can be actioned.
You can change your marketing preferences at any time by calling our switchboard on 01372 418500, or by emailing [email protected], or by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any of Bytes e-shots.
Links to Other Websites / From Other Websites
16 or Under
We are concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please get your parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a text file containing small amounts of information which a server downloads to your personal computer (PC) or mobile device when you visit a website. The server then sends a cookie back to the originating website each time you subsequently visit it, or if you visit another website which recognises that cookie.
Web pages have no memory. If you are surfing from page to page within a website, you will not be recognised as the same user across pages. Cookies enable your browser to be recognised by the website. So cookies are mainly used to remember the choices you have made – choices such as the language you prefer and the currency you use. They will also make sure you are recognised when you return to a website.
Do all cookies do the same thing?
No, there are different types of cookies and different ways of using them. Cookies can be categorised according to their function, their lifespan and according to who places them on a website.
Our website uses the following types of cookie:
Technical cookies: We try to give our visitors an advanced and user-friendly website that adapts automatically to their needs and wishes. To achieve this, we use technical cookies to show you our website, to make it function correctly. These technical cookies are absolutely necessary for our website to function properly.
Functional cookies: We also use functional cookies to remember your preferences and to help you to use our website efficiently and effectively, for example by remembering your preferred currency and language that you viewed earlier. These functional cookies are not strictly necessary for the functioning of our website, but they add functionality for you and enhance your experience.
Analytics cookies: We use these cookies to gain insight into how our visitors use the website, to find out what works and what doesn’t, to optimise and improve our website and to ensure we continue to be interesting and relevant. The data we gather includes which web pages you have viewed, which referring/exit pages you have entered and left from, which platform type you have used, date and time stamp information and details such as the number of clicks you make on a given page, your mouse movements and scrolling activity, the search words you use and the text you type while using our website. We also make use of analytics cookies as part of our online advertising campaigns to learn how users interact with our website after they have been shown an online advertisement, which may include advertisements on third-party websites. We will not know who you are, and only obtain anonymous data.
Commercial cookies: We use these to show you Bytes advertisements on other websites. This is called “retargeting” and it aims to be based on your browsing activities on our website, such as the destinations you have been searching for, the products you have viewed and the prices you have been shown.
How long do Bytes cookies stay active?
The cookies we use have varying lifespans. The maximum lifespan we set on some of them is five years from your last visit to our website. You can erase all cookies from your browser any time you want to.
How can you recognise Bytes cookies?
You can find our cookies in your browser settings.
Does Bytes use third-party cookies?
Yes, Bytes uses the services of trusted and recognised online advertising and marketing companies. Bytes may also use third-party providers for analytical purposes. To enable their services, these companies need to place cookies.
The providers we use are committed to building consumer awareness and establishing responsible business and data management practices and standards.
When it comes to online advertising and marketing companies, we strive to only work with companies that are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) and/or the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Members of NAI and IAB adhere to industry standards and codes of conduct. NAI and IAB members allow you to opt out of the behavioural advertising.
Visit www.networkadvertising.org and www.youronlinechoices.com to identify the NAI members that may have placed an advertising cookie file on your computer. To opt out of an NAI or IAB member’s behavioural advertising programme, simply check the box that corresponds to the company from which you wish to opt out.
In order to control the collection of data for analytical purposes by Google Analytics, you may want to visit the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
What essential cookies does the Software Services Portal use?
Essential cookies are required for the operation of our website. You may disable these using your internet browser but this may affect website functionality.
List of essential cookies used:
The ASPXAUTH cookie is used to determine if a user is authenticated
Session based cookie used to identify users basket
General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Miscrosoft .NET based technologies. Usually used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.
This cookie is used to indicate if the user was authenticated via the windows live login process
This cookie is used to store the user consent for cookies consent process
This is an anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies. It is designed to stop unauthorised posting of content to a website, known as Cross-Site Request Forgery. It holds no information about the user and is destroyed on closing the browser.
Google Analytics Cookie Usage. Used to distinguish users
Is a cookieless domain to deliver static content for Google.
This cookie helps track visitor usage, events, target marketing, and can also measure application performance and stability
Use of Re-Targeting Functions on the Website
Who has access to Bytes Technology Group cookie data?
Only Bytes has access to Bytes cookies. Cookies placed by third parties can be accessed by these third parties.
How can you manage your cookie preferences?
Using your browser settings in, for example, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Chrome, you can set which cookies to accept and which to reject. Where you find these settings depends on which browser you use. Use the “Help” function in your browser to locate the settings you need.
If you choose not to accept certain cookies, you may not be able to use some functions on our website. And opting out of an online advertising network does not mean that you will no longer receive or be subject to online advertising or marketing analysis. It means that the network from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your web preferences and browsing patterns.
Does Bytes use web beacons?
As well as using cookies, Bytes sometimes uses web beacons. A web beacon is a tiny graphic image of just one pixel that’s delivered to your computer either as part of a web page request or in an HTML email message. Either directly or through service providers, we use these pixels as part of our online advertisements either on our website or on third-party websites to learn whether a user who is being shown an online advertisement also makes a reservation; to track conversion with partner websites and to analyse the traffic patterns of users to optimise the services we bring to you.
Questions, Complaints and Subject Access Requests (SARs)
Any questions or Subject Access Requests (SARs) should be sent to: [email protected].
Review of this Policy
This Policy is regularly reviewed.
QMF 43 Issue 6 28.8.2020