privacy policy

Privacy Notice & Cookies Policy – 2020

Who we are:

SQA Consulting Ltd are experts in quality assurance, software testing, Microsoft development & compliance screening. SQA Consulting Ltd is based in the UK & has a team in the Republic of Ireland & New York, USA.

SQA Consulting Ltd is committed to protecting the privacy of all personal information obtained from you during your visits to our website & collected by us when engaging with you via email, or in information, you give to us in documents & data we collect about you.

Our aim is to safeguard the security & privacy of all users. This policy explains our information practices & the choices you can make about the way in which SQA Consulting Ltd collects & uses your information & the limited conditions under which we may disclose it to others.

Types of data we collect:

Information you voluntarily provide to us:

When you enquire about or sign up for & use the services provided by SQA Consulting Ltd, consult with technical consultants, send us an email, post on our social media sites, send us a copy of your CV, or communicate with us in any way, you are voluntarily giving us information that we collect.

That information may include your company name, physical address, email address, IP address, phone number, credit card information, as well as details including gender, occupation, location, purchase history, & other demographic information.

By giving us this information, you consent to this information being collected, used & stored by us for the purpose of fulfilling contractual & legal obligations regarding services provided by you or received from us & for marketing & lead generation.

You also consent to us storing your data in 3rd party datacentres for the purposes of storing & analysing said data.


We receive personal data about you when you use the services of our customers & partners, such as prospective employees & applicant tracking systems providing us job application data, or referrals from strategic business partners.

Information we collect automatically:

When you use SQA Consulting Ltd online services or browse one of our websites, we may collect information about your visit to our website, your usage of the services, & your web browsing. That information may include, but is not limited to, your IP address, your operating system, your browser ID, your browsing activity, & other information about how you interacted with our website.

Lead Forensics: Website analytics & lead generation data.

When someone visits we use a third-party service, Lead Forensics, to collect standard internet log information & details of visitor behaviour patterns.

We use IP address tracking technology to identify businesses visiting our site & the pages that they visit.

While this technology does not identify individuals, who have visited our website, it does help us analyse data about web page traffic to develop & improve our website for business visitors & to generate leads.

For further information please visit the Lead Forensics privacy policy:

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Customer Relationship Management data relevant to contracts & lead generation.

SQA Consulting Ltd employs various applications for the purposes of customer relationship management (CRM), for example, but not limited to, HubSpot & Trello.

SQA Consulting Ltd stores data relevant to contacts & individuals that is necessary for us to do business with those individuals, such as developing contracts & statements of work, or providing information regarding relevant services & updates.

This data may be derived from Lead Forensics data acquired from visits to our website.

HubSpot & Trello have several global datacentres, both inside & outside of the EU where your data may be stored.

For more information please see the following links:

Email & online storage, other areas we may store your data:

SQA Consulting Ltd uses Microsoft Office 365 for business productivity services, such as email, video conferencing & data storage.

For the ongoing management of our business, SQA Consulting Ltd stores various forms of information records in Microsoft datacentres, within the UK & wider European Union, for example, but not limited to, data relating to financial transactions, contracts, marketing & sales information, communications via email & instant messaging.

For more information please visit the Microsoft privacy policies:

To maintain our business management & CRM capability, data that we may collect, & store may include, but is not limited to:

  • Business name, individual name & job title
  • Contact information including email address, phone number(s), instant messaging & social media details.
  • Demographic information such as business address(s) including postcode
  • Any other data relevant to maintaining legal & contractual obligations & to provide relevant marketing materials & updates.


A ‘cookie’ is a small data file that a website may send to your browser & that your browser may then store information about you, tracking information about your interaction with a website & authentication information.

SQA Consulting Ltd does not currently utilise cookies in any area of the website. Your browser will not store any cookies tracking your website visit to

How we process your data:


Where you have given us explicit consent, we will retain data in line with the purpose for which you originally consented & will always request permission to use the data for any other purpose.

If for any reason the purpose for which the data was acquired becomes obsolete, we will delete your data, or request permission to retain it.

When you haven’t given us written consent, we store your data for the following reasons or don’t store the data.

To meet potential legal obligations:

Where processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject. We might have to share personal information about you to government & law-enforcement agencies, such as the police:

  • To fulfil our obligations to HMRC, regulatory bodies &
  • Law Enforcement, to help detect & stop crime, prosecute offenders, & protect national security, but only when legal process has been followed.

They might ask for the following details:

Your contact details. This includes your name, gender, address, phone number, date of birth, email address, passwords, & credentials to our services, needed to confirm your identity & your communications with us.

  • Your communications with us, such as calls, emails & instant messaging chats.
  • Your payment & financial information.
  • Details of the products & services you’ve bought & how you use them – including your call, browser (including IP address) & details of services used. We may also share personal information about you where we must legally share it with another person. That might be when a law obliges us to share that information or because of a court order.

In limited circumstances, we may also share your information with other public authorities, such as HMRC, even if we do not have to. However, we would need to be satisfied that a request for information is lawful & proportionate (in other words, appropriate to the request) & we would need appropriate assurances about security, how the information is used & how long it is kept.


  • To fulfil our contractual obligations to you, or for you to fulfil your contractual obligations to us; or#
  • Because you have provided personal data as part of entering into a contract (e.g. asked us to provide a quote or information regarding our services).

Legitimate Interest:

Where we believe it is reasonable for you to expect that we hold data about you, we may use your personal information if we consider it is in our legitimate business interests so that we can operate as an efficient & effective business, as long as we cannot reasonably achieve the same results without that data.

We use your information to:

  • Identify, & let you know about, products & services that are relevant to you
  • Share within SQA Consulting for administrative purposes
  • Create aggregated & anonymised information for further use
  • Detect & prevent fraud
  • Secure our systems & data

Such data includes, but is not limited to:

  • Data provided to us that we further process as part of a service provided by us.
  • Data we share with or shared with us by 3rd parties, that is necessary for carrying out our contractual & legal obligations.
  • Data provided to us as part of communications required for providing services, including marketing & sales activities.

To market to you & to identify products & services that interest you, we may use your personal information to send you direct marketing & to better identify products & services that interest you.

We do that if you’re one of our customers, or if you’ve been in touch with us another way (such as emailed us for a quote or visited our website & by doing so generated a lead for us).

This means we’ll:

Create a profile about you to better understand you as a customer & tailor the communications we send you (including our marketing messages)

  • Tell you about other products & services you might be interested in;
  • Try to identify products & services you are interested in; &
  • We use the following for marketing & to identify the products & services you’re interested in.
  • Your contact details. This includes your name, gender, address, phone number, date of birth & email address.
  • Information from other organisations such as aggregated demographic data, data brokers (such as Lead Forensics), our partners & publicly available sources like the electoral roll & business directories.

We may send you information (about the products & services we provide) by phone, post, email, text message.

We also use the information we have about you to personalise these messages wherever we can, as we believe it is important to make them relevant to you.

We do this because we have a legitimate business interest in keeping you up to date with our products & services that are relevant to you. In each message we send, you also have the option to opt-out, easily identified in the footer of the message.

Who else do we share data with?

We do not routinely share your personal information with third parties unless it is necessary for carrying out our contractual & legal obligations. We will never sell your personal data to any third parties.

If the services we are employed for at the time dictate transfer to a third party, this will be confirmed by all parties before data is transferred.

Data may be shared with third parties, with your consent, or with confirmation to you at the time of sharing.

For instance, but not limited to:

  • We may share your details with a contractor we employ to work for you.
  • We may forward an email to a provider, with you also in the recipients’ list.
  • If the services we are employed for at the time dictate transfer to a third party, this will be confirmed by all parties before data is transferred. SQA Consulting Ltd respects your rights.

Data Retention

SQA Consulting will only retain your data for as long as is necessary to provide services to you. SQA Consulting may retain your data after a contract is completed if SQA Consulting feels doing so will allow us to provide details of products & services relevant to you in the future & you have not asked us to stop processing your personal data.

SQA will make every effort to maintain accurate records & will only retain data for as long as is necessary.

SQA will retain data where it is needed to comply with legal requirements, such as for HMRC, or for legal requirements regarding contracts

The right to be informed:

If SQA Consulting Ltd is going to store your data, we will make every effort to ensure you are adequately notified of how it will be stored & used.

This may be in the form of additional information in email footers, via reference to this privacy notice, or confirmed in writing via mail, email, or documents, such as contracts.

The right of access:

If at any time you wish to know what data SQA Consulting Ltd is holding about your, how it is processed & where it is stored, please contact. & your request will be assessed & responded to within 14 days, with a proposed timescale to provide the requested information.

Please note: There is no charge for this service, & we’ll reply electronically unless you ask us to send the information by post.

The right to rectification:

If you believe that SQA Consulting Ltd is holding inaccurate information about you, please do contact us & highlight any changes necessary, so we can rectify them as soon as possible.

If you know the data controller for the data in question (this may well be the person you gave the data to, or who you gave consent to), you can contact them directly, or contact

The right to erasure:

If SQA Consulting Ltd is holding data that you no longer wish us to process, please contact , or contact the data controller directly for the data (if known) & state the details of the data you would like to remove & the reason for deletion.

The data controller will then make an assessment of the data & if applicable delete & confirm deletion within 30 days of the request.

Please note that requests for erasure are subject to review & we may not be able to delete your data if it is required for legal or contractual reasons.

The right to restrict processing:

If you feel that SQA Consulting Ltd is holding your personal data & processing it in a manner that is outside the scope of consent, you have the right to object & ask us to stop processing your data for that particular reason.

If you feel that this is the case, please contact , or contact the data controller for the data directly (if known) & state the details of the data we have & for which purpose you would like us to stop processing it.

For example: If we hold your contact details & you no longer want to receive sales materials about new services but are happy for us to retain & process your details for contractual reasons.

The right to data portability:

While SQA Consulting Ltd does not generally use automated processing of data, we understand that you may want to use the data we hold elsewhere. If this is the case, please contact & let us know what data we hold & why you want to transfer it. We will make every effort to provide the data in a clear & useable format at no charge.

The right to object to SQA Consulting Ltd having, or storing your data – Your data, Your choice:

You have the right to object to SQA Consulting Ltd storing your information. At the point of passing any information to us, you can inform us that you don’t want to allow us to process your data.

SQA Consulting Ltd will make every effort to ensure that we obtain your permission at the point we capture your data for instances where may have to retain your data, however, we cannot guarantee permission will be provided in every instance.

We may retain data where we feel there are:

Compelling legitimate grounds for the processing, which override the interests, rights & freedoms of the individual; or the processing is for the establishment, exercising or defence of legal claims. While this is highly unlikely if SQA Consulting Ltd becomes the controller or processor of data, that for instance shows illegal activity, SQA Consulting Ltd may retain the data to comply with legal requirements.

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