A new European privacy law came into force in the UK on 25 May 2011 which aims to give website users more control over the information the website collects about them.
Expressly the new rules require the website to obtain consent from the user before they capture any information. This particularly affects the use of web "cookies".
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer or device in which the website holds information about your visit.
The kind of information stored can include any preferences you have indicated whilst using the website, which pages you have visited (for web visitor statistics or to give you content recommendations) or to enable you to complete online forms without the need to re-enter details on subsequent pages.
An example of the sort of cookie we use is Google analytics – which tracks statistics on the number of hits we receive.
The information gathered by these cookies is used to make the website work better and to measure web page usage so we can monitor where we can improve the site overall.
We do not use the information captured for any other purpose nor do we share it with anyone else.
How is this website complying with the new law?
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), responsible for enforcement of the new law, gave website owners 12 months to fully comply - this grace period ended on 26 May 2012.
We are committed to complying with the law whilst still maintaining a fully functional website. We aim to:
- Provide a list of cookies used on the site.
- Monitor further developments in the law.
- Implement a mechanism for obtaining consent for cookie use from our visitors.
I want to opt out!
You can switch off cookies in most browsers by using the browser preferences. Please refer to your browser help files for more information on how to do this.
However, please be aware that because certain web functions rely on cookies this may affect your use of this website.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org