Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer (or other electronic device) when you access our website.

We use cookies on this website to:

  • recognise you whenever you visit this website (this speeds up your access to the website as you do not have to log in each time);
  • obtain information about your preferences, online movements and use of the internet;
  • carry out research and statistical analysis to help improve our content, products and services and to help us better understand our visitor requirements and interests;
  • target our marketing and advertising campaigns more effectively by providing interest-based advertisements that are personalised to your interests; and
  • make your online experience more efficient and enjoyable.
  • The information we obtain from our use of cookies will not usually contain your personal data. Although we may obtain information about your computer or other electronic device such as your IP address, your browser and/or other internet log information, this will not usually identify you personally. In certain circumstances we may collect personal information about you—but only where you voluntarily provide it (eg by completing an online form).

We use the following types of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
  • Analytical or performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests.

Apart from in the case of strictly necessary cookies, we will need your consent in order to use cookies on this website.

First and third party cookies

First party cookies are cookies set by our website. Third party cookies are cookies on our website that are set by another website, such as where we have adverts on our website or use Facebook pixels so that we can show you relevant content from us when you are on Facebook.

[We use only first party cookies on this website.] or [We use third party cookies on our website and details of these are included in the table below.]

[In order to fill out the table below, you need to conduct a cookie audit of your website(s) and any landing pages and identify what cookies you use, what they are for and when they expire.  If a website developer or VA helped you with your website, you could ask them for this information. Recommendations have been made to me regarding cookiebot and Komplianz – but these are third party services and I am not able to confirm whether or not these services are accurate or sufficient to comply with your cookie obligations.  I would always recommend you check recent reviews of these services before using them]

More detail about our cookies

The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and why:

Cookie

Owner

Purpose for the cookie

[(specify, eg Google Analytics)]

 

[Insert a general description, eg: This is a web analytics service provided by Google Inc which uses cookies to show us how visitors found and explored our site, and how we can enhance their experience. It provides us with information about the behaviour of our visitors (eg how long they stayed on the site, the average number of pages viewed) and also tells us how many visitors we have had.]

[(insert name)]

 

[(insert description)]

[Below is some sample wording for the cookie table – it will need to be amended to reflect the cookies on your site.  It is just to give you some guidance as to typical wording]

Cookie

Name

Purpose

Cookie preference

civicCookieControl

This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on our website. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie.

Google Analytics

_utma

_utmb

_utmc

_utmz

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Security breach notification form cookie         

ASP.NET_SessionId  

This cookie is essential for the breach notification form – the form that public electronic communications service providers use to notify the ICO of a security breach – to operate. It is set only for those people using the form. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

Visit the Microsoft website 

YouTube cookies

 

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

Read more at YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

How to turn off cookies or alter settings

You can alter your cookie preferences at any time by [set out how they may do this eg ‘going to the cookie consent mechanism and changing the relevant setting to ‘off’].

If you do not want to accept cookies, you can also change your browser settings so that cookies are not accepted. If you do this, please be aware that you may lose some of the functionality of this website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

For further information about cookies and how to disable them please go to the Information Commissioner’s webpage on cookies: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/.

Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after [insert expiry period].

[Once you have drafted your cookie policy, you need to make sure that there is a link to it from the footer or header of every page on your website. 

Next you must make sure you have a cookie consent mechanism which is obvious to visitors to your website when they first land on the site.  This must give your website visitor sufficient information about your cookies to enable them to make an informed decision about whether they are happy for those cookies to operate while they visit your website, and the choice to turn them off if they are not happy with them.  See the separate guidance on cookie consents for more information].