Cookie Policy

How I use cookies

In general, cookies are used to identify you, your browser session or a specific behaviour on my website. There are legitimate reasons for me to use cookies. Here are a few examples:

Preferences – Let’s say you have seen my cookie information disclaimer and consented to accept my cookies. I do not want to keep asking you for your consent every time you visit my  website, as you have already agreed to it and you may not wish to be pestered with the same question. I will then set a cookie to identify that you have already agreed to my policy and will hide the notification from you from that point onwards.

Tracking – I may monitor which pages are most used on my website or how long users spend looking at some content on my website. This helps me to monitor the content that my clients value and also update unused content to make it more appealing to my visitors and improve their user experience. In order to identify unique visits, I would set a cookie so I know when you return or at which point you decide you have had enough.

Cookies can…only store information that you have given explicitly or metrics you have already provided by interacting with the website.

Cookies cannot…read, steal or send information from your computer!

Why you should care about cookies

You have an interest in cookies because:

  • According to the EU Cookie Law you have the right to know what information websites store on your computer.
  • You should make an informed decision whether you explicitly or implicitly allow websites to set cookies on your browser.

The EU Cookie Law (or EU E-Privacy Directive) is a law that has been brought across Europe (including the UK)  to help consumers make informed choices about the cookies they accept on their computers.

Disabling Cookies

Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features that they add to the website. It is recommended that you leave on all the cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

If you choose not to have cookies on your device, you can stop cookies from being set in the first place. Generally, you can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser. However, be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of the websites that you visit, as this will cause collateral damage on some functionality and features of the website. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not disable any cookies.

The effect of disallowing cookies depends on what you are trying to achieve while using the website. If you were:

Casually browsing

You will probably notice very little difference apart from perhaps preferences not being maintained, certain offers not being available or consistent reminders appearing on the screen.

Using data entry forms, login, restricted areas and social media

Data entry forms may not work as expected although simple single page forms may be unaffected. Login and restricted areas will be unavailable and you will probably be asked to log in time and time again without ever being able to see the content. Social media like Facebook and Twitter share buttons will work with a limited feature set where possible. Other more advanced features may not function at all.

Third-party cookies

In some special cases I also use cookies provided by trusted third parties.

For example, third party analytics are used to track and measure usage of this website so that I can continue to produce engaging content. I may monitor which pages are most used on my website or how long users spend looking at some content on my website. This helps me monitor the content that my visitors  value and update unused content to make it more appealing to my user base and improve their user experience. In order to identify unique visits, I would set a cookie so I know when you return, or at which point you decide you have had enough.

I respect your privacy and will never knowingly partner with companies who use irresponsible or negligent practices and techniques. I do monitor and take a proactive role in protecting your privacy and will immediately remove features if any irresponsible or negligent behaviour from any partners or technology providers become known to me.

Policy updates

I may update this Cookies Policy from time to time in order to keep you fully informed about my latest practices involving cookies and similar technologies on my website. You should check this Cookies Policy from time to time in order to find out whether my use of cookies and similar technologies has changed.

Please also read my Privacy Policy to find out what other data I collect from you and how I process it.

You may withdraw your consent at any time by instructing me at anne.stimson1@gmail.com . However, if you do so, you may not be able to use my website or my services further.

 

This Cookie Policy was last updated on 24/04/2020