Privacy Policy

Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using any of our websites, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

QS may change this policy from time to time. Changes to our policy will be updated on our websites only. You should check our policy from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any modifications. This policy was last updated on 30 October 2013.

1. What information we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • Name and job title
  • Contact information including email address and phone number
  • Demographic information such as location, age, gender, education level, preferences and interests
  • Other information relevant to market research, offers and registrations to our events and other products

All data collected by QS is stored in a one database environment, regardless of which of our websites you contacted us through.

A. Registration

In order to become a registered user, you must provide us the following information to create an account: first name, last name, email address and password. QS requests other information from you during the registration process (e.g. gender, location, subject of study) which may be used to provide better, more customized services and information for you. You acknowledge that this information is personal to you, and by creating an account on our websites, you allow others, including QS, to identify you and to allow to use your information in accordance with our User Agreement.

B. Cookies

Like most websites, we use cookies and web log files to track site usage and trends, to improve the quality of our service, to customize your experience on our websites, and also to deliver QS and third-party advertising to users both on and off our websites. A cookie is a tiny data file that resides on your computer, mobile phone, or other device, and allows us to recognize you as a user when you return to our websites using the same computer and web browser. You can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, but in some cases doing so may impact your ability to use our websites.

2. What we do with the information we gather

By providing information to QS for the purposes of creating your user account or adding any additional details to your QS profile, you are expressly and voluntarily accepting the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and QS’s User Agreement that allow QS to process information about you.

Supplying information to QS, including any information deemed “sensitive” by applicable law, is entirely voluntary on your part. You have the right to withdraw your consent to QS’s collection and processing of your information at any time, in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy and the User Agreement, by changing your settings, or by closing your account, but please note that your withdrawal of consent will not be retroactive.

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • QS communications
  • Internal record keeping
  • Enhance our products and services
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone or mail. We may use the information to customize the website according to demographic interests.

3. Links to other websites

Our websites may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over the external site. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while external sites, and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.