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Our Website Cookies – Information

Here’s what we think you need to know:

• We use cookies to make our website more comfortable for you to use
• We use cookies to help stop our online forms from being used to send spam-email
• We use cookies to monitor usage so we can spot trends and make improvements
• We DO NOT use cookies to identify individuals (and never will)
• We DO NOT store personal information in cookies

We believe that our use of cookies is necessary for the smooth functioning of the website. We consider that they DO NOT pose a threat to your privacy or online security and we recommend that you “allow” cookies. If you “disable” cookies the interactive functions of the website will not operate (data submission via forms, as well as user registration, user login, and many other features of this website, cannot work fully without using 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.
Most websites use cookies for a variety of reasons – often convenient reasons to do with the operation of the website. However, they are also used to monitor how people are using the website (which pages are visited and how long is spent on each page). Each “visitor session” is tracked even though no effort is made to try to identify the user in person.
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.

Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics to collect information about visitor behaviour on our website. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. This Analytics data is collected via a JavaScript tag in the pages of our site and is not tied to personally identifiable information. We, therefore, do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

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.

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