Cookies are small files with information that are generated by some websites you visit. They are stored on the hard drive of your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Cookies can do many useful things; some make sure that the site you visit works best for your particular browser, while others store information for when you revisit the same site. Other cookies can store information on you specifically, which the site owner can pass on to a third party. These third party (tracking) cookies, and similar technologies such as "tags" and "web beacons" which are collected through embedded images, can be used to track you on your journey across the web.
Some web site operators choose to limit access to their content with the use of a "cookie wall". This means that they want you to accept cookies. If you don't you will not get access to the web site (content). Although forced cookie consent is still a hot topic of discussion and legislation, it is safe to conclude that forced cookie acceptance is demanded almost exclusively for extensive user data gathering, user data exploitation, advertisement, and tracking.
A more extensive, multi-language description about what cookies are, and what they do can be found here.
The GR Consulting website is designed to not use any cookies, tags, or web beacons. Should you however notice that, despite our regular checks, this original design objective has been compromised, we would appreciate it very much if you let us know.
Maybe now is also a good time to remind you that some browsers support the use of specific, free for use, "anti-cookie" plug-ins, like for example the excellent uBlock Origin, uMatrix, NoScript Security Suite, and Ghostery. The latter has been criticised for conflict of interest however, since it is produced and distributed by Cliqz GmbH, which monetises user behavioural analysis, web advertising, and tracking.
Finally, specific programs, like for example the open source, free for use BleachBit, can help you to clean your computer after surfing the web. Bleachbit is particularly helpful if you try to remove the more resistant, so-called super cookies, ever cookies, and flash cookies, which have been reported to resist simple cleaning procedures.
The GR Consulting web site is not intended for children (those aged 13 and under) and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.
Personal data is data about you (or other living people) from which you could be identified, e.g. your name, your address or telephone number, or even your IP address. By law, organisations are obliged to process your personal data in certain ways and make sure that you are given an appropriate amount of information about how it is used. You also have various rights to seek information from organisations about how they are using your data, and to prevent them from processing it unlawfully. For more information about these rights, please see our "Your Rights" section.
Data can be collected in various ways:
If you send us your personal data through our contact page, we use this data to get in contact with you. After all, when you send us your contact details, we can assume you want to have a conversation with us. After we have had this conversation, your contact details will be deleted, unless continued interaction is deemed appropriate, agreed on, and documented, by both us and yourself.
GR Consulting does not share your personal data with any third party without your explicit written consent.
We will only use your personal data for purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason, and this reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish an explanation as to how processing for a new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.
If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you, and explain the legal basis which allows us to do so. Please also note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the rules above, where this is required, or permitted by law.
Depending on how and why you provide us with your personal data, we may need to share it in the following ways:
We may transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Whenever we do, we ensure that a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring the implementation of at least one of the following safeguards:
As a data subject you have a number of rights in relation to your personal data. Below, we have described the various rights that you have, as well as how you can exercise them.
You may, at any time, request access to the personal data that we hold which relates to you. You may have heard of this right being described as a "Subject Access Request". Please note that this right entitles you to receive a copy of the personal data that we hold about you in order to enable you to check that it is correct, and to ensure that we are processing that personal data lawfully. It is not a right that allows you to request personal data about other people, or a right to request specific documents from us that do not relate to your personal data. You can exercise this right at any time by writing to us, and telling us that you are making a Subject Access Request. You do not have to fill in a specific form to make this kind of request.
You may, at any time, request that we correct personal data that we hold about you, and which you believe to be incorrect or inaccurate. You may also ask us to erase personal data if you do not believe that we need to continue retaining it. You may have heard of this right described as the "Right To Be Forgotten". Please note that we may ask you to verify any new data that you provide to us, and may take our own steps to check whether the new data you have supplied us with is correct. Further, we are not always obliged to erase personal data when asked to do so; if, for any reason, we believe that we have a good legal reason to continue processing personal data that you ask us to erase, we will tell you what that reason is at the time we respond to your request. You can exercise this right at any time by writing to us, using the contact details already in your possession, telling us that you are making a request to have your personal data rectified or erased. You do have to clarify on what basis you are making the request. If you want us to replace inaccurate data with new data, you should tell us what that new data is. You do not have to fill in a specific form to make this kind of request.
If you wish to transfer certain personal data that we hold about you to a third party, you may write us and ask us to provide it to you in a commonly used machine-readable format. Because of the kind of work that we do and the systems that we use, we do not envisage this right being relevant to the majority of individuals with whom we interact. However, if you wish to transfer your data from us to a third party, we will consider such requests.
For details on your rights to ask us to stop sending you various kinds of communications, please contact us. However, if you do, please consider that there can be other legally binding, personally signed and authorised agreements between us that might prevent us from doing so.
GR Consulting does not execute automated decision making and profiling. The nature of the services GR Consulting provides neither call for, nor require such processes.
When you write to us making a request to exercise your rights, we are entitled to ask you to prove that you are who you say you are. We may ask you to provide copies of relevant ID documents to help us to verify your identity.
It will help us to process your request if you state clearly which right you wish to exercise and, where relevant, why you are exercising it. The clearer and more specific you can be, the faster and more efficient we can deal with your request. If you do not provide us with sufficient information, we may delay resolving your request until you have provided us with additional information. Of course we let you know when this is the case.
If you do not have specific contact details (e.g. postal address, personal email address), it is credible to assume that you have had no previous personalised contact with GR Consultancy. As a consequence, GR Consultancy will almost certainly have no personal data on you, since we, as described earlier, do not gather actively any specific personal data on the visitors of our website. An exception of course is when you yourself sent it to us actively through our contact page, or when we both exchanged contact details through other means (e.g. in writing, by telephone, in person).