Interviewer Quality Control Scheme (IQCS)
Website Privacy Statement
IQCS respects the privacy of visitors to its website, as a result, we have developed this website privacy statement. This privacy statement applies only to the operation of the website that directly links to this statement when you click on “Privacy Statement” in the website footer or elsewhere.
Through this website, IQCS will collect information that can identify you, such as your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and other similar information (“Your Information”) when it is voluntarily submitted to us, for instance, via the “contact form”. We will use Your Information to respond to requests you may make of us, and from time to time, we may refer to Your Information to better understand your needs and how we can improve our website, products and services. We may also use Your Information to contact you and/or provide you with general information as well as information about our products and services; unless you have told us that you do not wish to receive such information. Please see our contact details below if you wish to opt-out of this process.
This site may collect web log information. Web log information is gathered when you visit one of a website by the computer that hosts our website (called a “webserver”). The webserver automatically recognizes some non-personal information, such as the date and time you visited our site, the pages you visited, the website you came from, the type of browser you are using (e.g., Internet Explorer), the type of operating system you are using (e.g., Windows XP), and the domain name and address of your Internet service provider (e.g., AOL).
This website may use a technology called a “cookie”. A cookie is a piece of information that our webserver sends to your computer (actually to your browser file) when you access our website. Then when you come back to our site, our site will detect whether you have one of our cookies on your computer. Our cookies help provide additional functionality to the site and help us analyze site usage more accurately. For instance, our site may set a cookie on your browser that keeps you from needing to remember and then enter a password more than once during a visit to the site.
Effective date: October 5, 2012
Last revised: May 15, 2013
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files placed by web servers on your computer or mobile device when you access websites. “First party” cookies are set by websites that you are visiting at the time. “Third party” cookies are set by domains other than those of the websites that you visit.
“Session” cookies remain on your computer or mobile device during your visit and expire when you close your browser. “Persistent” cookies, conversely, remain on your computer/device for a period of time specified in the cookie.
This site uses mainly first party session cookies. We use first party persistent cookies to set and remember your preferences for repeat visits to our site. We use third party persistent cookies from Google to analyze how our visitors use our website and to monitor website performance.
What types of cookies does IQCS use?
Most cookies fall into one or more of the following categories:
These types of cookies are essential to provide services specifically requested by website visitors. When accessing secure areas of websites, making purchases on e-commerce sites or submitting online forms, these types of cookies are essential. Without them, websites cannot function or deliver the requested services.
IQCS uses strictly necessary cookies on this website and we use them on other websites that we operate, such as our client portals and panel websites.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, such as which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and if users encounter error messages from web pages. These cookies allow us to provide a high quality experience for users. The information collected by these cookies does not identify users and is aggregated. They are designed to help improve how our website works.
We use performance cookies on this site including those from our web analytics provider, Google.
These cookies remember choices that you make so as to improve your experience.
We use functionality cookies to remember your preferences. For example, we set a permanent cookie to remember your country and language selections if you tick the “Remember” checkbox. We also provide social widgets – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sharing tools – for users that would like to share content on our site with their friends, followers and connections. These social widgets are disabled by default, but you can enable them during your visit. If you enable the Like button, we will remember that preference on your next visit.
Can website users block cookies?
A preference cookie will then be set on your device and remain in effect provided that it is not deleted.
Besides cookies, Google analytics and social widgets, what other technologies does this site use?
As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes IP addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp and clickstream data.
We use this information to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may link this automatically-collected data to personal information for legitimate purposes, such as to detect and prevent fraudulent activity.
A web beacon (also known as a tag, clear gif or 1×1 pixel), consists of a small string of code that is embedded within a web page or email. There may or may not be a visible graphic image associated with the web beacon and often the image is designed to blend into the background of the web page or email.
Our website analytics provider, etracker, uses web beacons throughout our site to help us understand how visitors use our site and to improve the performance of our site. A Facebook web beacon is present when visitors to our site activate the Like button.
Our marketing communications and survey invitation emails may contain web beacons to tell us whether our emails are opened and to verify any clicks through to links within the email. We may use this information to determine which of our emails are more interesting to users, to improve the quality of the emails that we send and to query users who do not open our emails whether they wish to continue receiving them. The web beacon is deleted when you delete the email.
If you would prefer not to have web beacons in the emails that you receive, you should adjust your email program to receive messages in plain text rather than HTML. It is also possible to detect and control web beacons that are present on web pages by downloading a plug-in for your browser.
Where can I get more information about cookies?
This website uses Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses. An IP Address is a number assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider so you can access the Internet. Generally, an IP address changes each time you connect to the Internet (it is a “dynamic” address). Note, however, that if you have a broadband connection (e.g., DSL or cable), depending on your individual circumstance, it is possible that your IP Address that we collect, or even perhaps a cookie we use, may contain information that could be deemed identifiable. This is because with some broadband connections your IP Address doesn’t change (it is “static”) and could be associated with your personal computer. We use your IP address to report aggregate information on use of and to help improve the website.
You do not have to register as an IQCS Member to use most of the information and services available on the website. If are an IQCS Member you will be provided with individual login and password details in order to access the “members only” area.
You should be aware that this site is not intended for, or designed to attract, individuals under the age of 18. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we actually know is an individual under the age of 18.
Areas of this website that collect Your Information use industry standard secure socket layer encryption (SSL); however, to take advantage of this your browser must support encryption protection (found in Internet Explorer release 3.0 and above). We may share Your Information with agents, contractors or partners of IQCS in connection with services that these individuals or entities perform for, or with, IQCS. These agents, contractors or partners are restricted from using this data in any way other than to provide services for IQCS. We may, for example, provide Your Information to agents, contractors or partners for hosting our databases, for data processing services, or so that they can mail you information that you requested.
IQCS reserves the right to share Your Information to respond to duly authorized information requests of governmental authorities or where required by law. In exceptionally rare circumstances where national, state or company security is at issue IQCS reserves the right to share our entire database of visitors and customers with appropriate governmental authorities.
As a convenience to our visitors, this website currently contains links to a number of sites that we believe may offer useful information. The policies and procedures we described here do not apply to those sites. We suggest contacting those sites directly for information on their privacy, security, data collection, and distribution policies.
Conditions of use for the Members Only Discussion Forum and Email Alerts
In order to use the discussion forum, and to receive email alerts of any new items within the discussion forum, we will collect the email addresses on those who choose to opt-in to receive said email alerts.
The discussion forum is an opportunity for all those who opt-in to ask questions or raise issues with individuals across the market research industry. All views, opinions and information posted to the discussion form are those of the participants and of IQCS. IQCS take no responsibility for and have no liability for any information posted within the discussion form.
The UK Data Protection Act 1998
Under the UK Data Protection Act 1998, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use leading technologies and encryption software to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it.
Copyright © 2006 IQCS. All rights reserved. All text, images, graphics, animation, videos, music, sounds and other materials on this site are subject to the copyrights and other intellectual property rights of IQCS, its affiliated companies and its licensors.
IQCS owns the copyrights in the selection, co-ordination and arrangement of the materials on this site. These materials may not be copied for commercial use or distribution, nor may these materials be modified or re-posted to other sites.
Trademarks displayed on this web site are subject to the trademark rights of their providers, or used under agreement by the providers. These trademarks include, but are not limited to, product brand names, model names, slogans, logos and emblems.
The unauthorised use of any trademark displayed on this site is strictly prohibited.
Any names, trademarks, service marks and logos appearing on this web site may not be used in any advertising or publicity, or otherwise to indicate IQCS’ sponsorship of or affiliation with any product or service.
Information on the web site, including but not limited to, text, images and sound may not, except for strictly private purposes or otherwise indicated, be reproduced, transferred, distributed or stored without prior written permission of IQCS. Modifications to the contents of the web site are expressly prohibited.
No warranties or representations
Information in this web site is provided as is. In no event will IQCS, its companies or licensor be liable to any party or any direct, indirect, special or other consequential damages for any use of this web site, or on any other hyperlinked web site, including, without limitation, any lost profits, business interruption, loss of programs or other data on your information handling system or otherwise, even if we are expressly advised of the possibility of such damages.
It is up to the User to take precautions and to ensure that whatever you select for your use is free of such items as viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other items of a destructive nature.
Information on this web site may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors, and may be changed at any time without prior notification or obligation.
How to opt out?
To be removed from our contact lists, please write to or email IQCS at the following address:
6 Walkfield Drive
Telephone: 01737 379261
Fax: 01737 351171
Last Updated: May 2013