Privacy policy

Personal data

Pleiade Associates respects the privacy of all who visit this web site, no attempt is made to identify individuals without their knowledge. When a visitor requests pages on the web site, our web server automatically recognises and records the IP address of their computer[1] – this information is collected exclusively for statistical and web site management and design purposes. It is held as anonymous aggregated data: we do is use it for user identification.

Data collection and use

Personal details provided through the contact or recruitment pages will not be used for any purpose unrelated to the specific communication.

Except in compliance with a statutory provision or an Order of Court, neither your e-mail address nor your personal details will be disclosed to any third party without your express consent.

Data storage

We do not hold the personal data of users of the web site, except when voluntarily submitted through the recruitment application form. Any exception to this rule will be clearly notified prior to the instance of collection. If personal data is held then:

  • We will ensure that all personal information given to us is held securely in an encrypted form and in accordance with best practices and relevant legislation;
  • All our transfers of personal information, whether by electronic or physical means, will be in a securely encrypted form;
  • We will hold your personal information on our systems only during your use of the services requested: it will be securely removed from our records when thoset purposes have been fulfilled;
  • It is our policy to retain for future reference all submitted CV's / resumés for up to a year after the date of submission: thereafter, they will be securely removed from our records (see below);
  • You may, at any time, require us to remove your personal data from our records or revise any errors.

Access to personal data

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998, the 'Data Controller' for the processing of data collected by this site is the Data Protection Officer of the company, who is the point of contact for subject access requests and can be contacted through the contact page, using "Data Protection" in the 'Subject' element of the message form.

An administration fee of £10 (GBP) will be charged for each information request made under the Data Protection Act.

E-mail messages

If you have contacted us through the web site, we will only use your e-mail address to respond to your message. Pleiade Associates is based in the United Kingdom – The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 forbid us from using your e-mail address for any other propose without your express consent.

The IP addresses from which messages are sent are recorded as part of our anti-spam procedures.


If you have reason to believe that we may have infringed your rights to privacy please notify us through the contact page, using "Privacy issue" in the 'Subject' element of the message form.

Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003:

The regulations are intended for the "protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, and in particular the right to privacy, with respect to the processing of personal data in the telecommunications sector". A Commissioner is responsible for their enforcement. If you have a complaint against us, which you consider has not been adequately resolved, then you have a right to seek redress from the Information Commissioner.


We do not use cookies on this web site.

Managing Cookies

Many browsers accept cookies by default, however you can usually refuse cookies or selectively accept certain cookies by adjusting the preferences in your browser. Information on how to adjust your cookie preferences in popular browsers is available on the following web sites:

The cookies preferences for Opera browsers can be accessed as follows:

  • Windows and Linux: File > Preferences > Privacy
  • Mac OS X: Opera > Preferences > Privacy

A comprehensive explanation and guide to Cookies is at Cookie Central.

Your control of JavaScript, Java and other executable content can be enhanced by the use of NoScript, a free cross-platform extension to the Firefox browser. This allows you to block most cookies and scripts, including Google Analytics, on a functional or site-specific basis from an easily-configured options menu. Download NoScript

Web beacons* and tracking

We do not use 'web beacons' or any other form of tracking technology, such as Google Analytics, on this web site.

* A web beacon, or web bug, is an invisible object embedded in a web page or an e-mail. It allows monitoring of the user's web actions. Wikipedia article: Web bug


We do not use third-party Ad Servers or any other form of advertisement on this web site - except on our Site Search Results pages, where these are inserted by as a condition of service.

Links to other web sites

Pleiade Associates is not responsible for the privacy practices and policies of linked web sites.

The international transfer of personal data

The Internet transcends national boundaries.

Notice under the Data Protection Act 1998: Users located in member states of the European Union should be aware that in using this web site locational data may be transferred and processed out of European Union, expressly, to the USA. This is implicit to the Internet: we cannot prevent it.

Applicable US Law

Pleiade Associates is a British company – based in the United Kingdom – however since this web site is hosted in the USA you should be aware that its content and communications are also subject to US Federal law and the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, namely, but not exclusively:

USA Patriot Act of 2001

The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 ("USA Patriot Act") provides a legal capacity for the operator of a communication host and any law enforcement agency to monitor any communication, at the request of that operator.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998

We do not knowingly collect information from – nor provide services to – children under the age of 13 years. If, as a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13, you should discover that that child has submitted to this web site his or her personally identifiable information without your express permission or consent and require its removal, we will securely remove the information from our records.

To request the removal of your child's information, please notify us through the contact page, using "Children's privacy" in the 'Subject' element of the message form. Please include the identical information submitted by your child, if this is available.

Although this web site is not specifically intended for children, its entire contents are suitable for young children and are validated and labeled by the Internet Content Rating Association.

Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986

This site shall not be held to be a "secure communications medium" under the provisions of the ECPA.

'Platform for Privacy Preferences' technology

The Pleiade web site uses P3P technology and validates against the P3P Validator. This is a development by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) based on the P3P Initiative. This allows users greater control over the protection of their personal information and to make more informed choices over online privacy.

With a P3P-enabled browser you can:

  • Configure your browser to automatically detect if a web site collects personally identifiable information, uses that information to create user profiles, or allows visitors to opt-out of the data collection.
  • Preset options, or customize your setting by controlling what kinds of data are you willing to share and what types of "cookie" files are you willing to accept. As you surf the Web, the software then determines whether your privacy preferences match a site's data collection practices.
  • Enhance your contol of cookies: you can make selections based on whether you wish to accept various types of cookies such as session (temporary), permanent, within a given domain or outside it (third party), and with or without a special "P3P compact policy" file – a compact policy describes the attributes of a given cookie.
Note 1

An IP address is an numerical identifier for a computer on a Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) network, such as the World Wide Web. Networks use the TCP/IP protocol to route information based on the IP address of the destination. That is, a unique IP address is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web, allowing Web servers to locate and identify it. IP addresses are essential in order for users to communicate and browse on the Internet.

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