Our Website Cookies – Information
Here’s what we think you need to know:
• We DO NOT store personal information in cookies
What happens if you OPT-OUT?
If you decide to disable cookies, we record this, so you don’t get asked the question again. You will find that most of the website works as expected although functions that rely on cookies are disabled. We use a cookie to remember your cookie preferences, which has a couple of consequences:
• If you delete all your cookies, you will have to tell us your choice again
• If you use a different device, computer profile or browser, you will have to tell us your preference again
What are cookies?
A cookie is used by a website to send ‘state information’ to a users’ browser and for the browser to return the state information to the website. The state information can be used for authentication, identification of a user session, user preferences, shopping cart contents, or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data on the user’s computer.
Cookies cannot be programmed, cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer. However, they can be used to track users browsing activities which were a major privacy concern that prompted European and US lawmakers to take action.
The new legislation now states that you must be able to opt-out from having cookies stored on their computer.
Cookies that we use on this website.
These are cookies that are set by this website directly.
WordPress: Our websites runs the popular WordPress CMS and cookies are used to store basic data on your interactions with WordPress and whether you have logged into WordPress. We use a session cookie to remember your log-in for you if you are a registered user and we deem these as being strictly necessary to the working of the website. If these are disabled then various functionality on the site will be broken.
Is this GDPR or PECR?
The original EU legislation that became known as the “E-Privacy Directive“ was published in 2003 and implemented as European Directive – 2002/58/EC then amended by Directive 2009/136/EC that included a requirement to seek consent for cookies and similar technologies. The EU Directive entered UK law on 26th May 2011 as “The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011” often referred to as PECR – and this is still in force today. PECR sits alongside the more widely known legislation GDPR – both are regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ico.org.uk.