Privacy & Cookies
Within these pages, we will explain what cookies are, what cookies the Council uses, and what your options are regarding your privacy.
- What is a cookie?
- What cookies does the Council website use?
- Will the Council share my personal information with anyone else?
- How do I control and delete cookies?
- Using your browser to stop cookies
- Third Party Websites
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer or mobile phone (referred to here as a "device") browser from a website's computer and is stored on your device's hard drive. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites.
On the the Council website, cookies record information about how you use our website and allow us to tailor the website to your personal preferences and options. Users have the opportunity to set their devices to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised features cannot then be provided to that user and accordingly they may not be able to take full advantage of all of the website's features. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
What Cookies does the Council website use?
The Council only uses a few cookies, none of these are classed as intrusive and all are explained below. Whenever a cookie is/will be used in our website, we will clearly inform you…
- ASP.NET SessionID Cookie (ASP.NETSessionId)
This cookie is essential to be able to use our website. It is created as soon as you visit our website, and stores a unique identifier for your session. This session cookie is not persisted on your hard disk and expires as soon as you leave the website.
- Google Analytics Cookies (_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz)
The Council website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of the website and compile reports for us on activity on the website. It is using these reports that we base our decisions on where information should be placed to make it easier for you to find.
Google have developed a browser Add-on which excludes Google Analytics recording your activities on any websites using Google Analytics. It's totally free and can be installed on most browsers. Please use the following link, and be aware that at the time of writing, this add-on is still in BETA (last stage of testing before commercial release).
Visit the Google website for more information.
Will the Council share my personal information with anyone else?
Any information you give to the Council through our website, either through these cookies mentioned above, or by submitting an online form to us, will only be used by the Council for the purposes intended, except where disclosure is required or permitted by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
How do I control and delete cookies?
Alternatively, you may wish to visit all about cookies which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the Council website and any others you visit.
If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.
For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.