The EEC helpfully introduced a law recently requiring all EEC websites to disclose all sorts of things about cookies. One requirement seeks to enable users to opt out of any cookies being placed on their computer . There are 2 ways to do this – annoy you by asking the same question every time you visit the site, probably driving you away forever. Or record you preference – by using a cookie! You could not make it up. Anyway, here is our best effort at a sensible compromise towards compliance without bugging you with annoying pop-ups:
We use a number of different cookies on our site. If you do not know what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then we recommend you visit http://www.aboutcookies.org rel=”nofollow” for detailed guidance.
The list below describe the cookies we use on this site and what we use them for. Currently we operate an ‘implied consent’ policy which means that we assume you are happy with this usage. If you are not happy, then you should either not use this site, or you should delete the cookies having visited the site, or you should browse the site using your browser’s anonymous usage setting (called “Incognito” in Chrome, “InPrivate” for Internet Explorer, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari etc.)
FIRST PARTY COOKIES
These are cookies that are set by this website directly.
You can find out more about Google’s position on privacy as regards its analytics service at rel=”nofollow” http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/analytics/privacyoverview.html
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.
More information on session cookies and what they are used for at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/session-cookies-used-for.html rel=”nofollow”
THIRD PARTY COOKIES
At the moment, we don’t use any of these. But we may in the future. These are cookies set on your machine by external websites whose services are used on this site. Cookies of this type are the sharing buttons you see on websites that allow visitors to share content onto social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest. In order to implement these buttons, and connect them to the relevant social networks and external sites, there are scripts from domains outside of our website. You should be aware that these sites are likely to be collecting information about what you are doing all around the internet, including on this website.
You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information.
What we won’t ever do is play host to any of the really sneaky tracking stuff. We don’t even host any adverts.
SHOPPING CART (should we introduce one)
We use a session cookie to remember your log-in for you and what you’ve put in the shopping basket. These we deem strictly necessary to the working of the website. If these are disabled then various functionality on the site will be broken.