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Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 20111
The regulation is designed to protect the privacy of individuals using the internet. It prevents information being stored on users’ device and recognising them from the device they are using without their knowledge and consent. The regulation applies to both the subscriber and the user.
Subscriber: This means a person who is a party to a contract with a provider of public electronic communications services for the supply of such services. In this context the person who pays the bill for the internet connection (that is, the person legally responsible for the charges)
User: This means any individual using a public electronic communications service. In this context a user would be the person sat at a computer or using a mobile device to browse the internet.
Terminal equipment: The device a cookie is placed on – usually a computer or mobile device
Types of cookies used on our website.
1.Session cookies which expire at the end of a browser session (from when a user opens the browser window to when they exit the browser). These cookies can be considered less privacy intrusive than persistent cookies. They are deleted when you leave the website. These cookies are used to improve user interaction with the website and they do not store any personal information.
- Persistent cookies are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site .We do not use advertising and tracking cookies. However we do use the following third party persistent cookies to store user information over a longer period of time.
|Contact form 7 cookie||cf7msm_check||This is a third party cookie, used to store information related to internal forms that we use to gather information to tailor our services|
|Custom social share cookie||csbwfs _||This is third party cookie used to record which posts the user has shared on social media|
|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.|
Definition for First and Third party cookies
Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user – the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.
- First Party cookie
We use PHP session cookie which is phpsessid (First Party cookie) to record session information, username, passwords etc. to store the logged in user’s username and a 128bit encrypted key. This information is required to allow a user to stay logged in to a web site without needing to submit their username and password for each page visited. Without this cookie, a user is unable to proceed to areas of the web site that require authenticated access. Currently this cookie is only applicable to users who require authenticated access to the website.
How to customise your cookie setting
You can customise your cookie setting to suit your own requirement. How you customise the cookie setting will depend on the type of browser you are using.
All cookies can be controlled via the users web browser, please see the links below that relate to your browser.
Withdrawing consent and how to delete our cookies
It depends on the type of browser that is used to surf the internet. All cookies can be controlled via the users web browser, please see the links below that relate to your browser.
13th March 2017