Cookie Policy

Quick Summary

Interested in this issue but short of time? Here’s what we think you need to know:

  • We use cookies to make our website easier for you to use
  • We use cookies to help stop our online-forms from being used to send spam-email
  • We use cookies to monitor usage so we can spot trends and make improvements
  • We DO NOT use cookies to identify individuals (and never will)
  • We DO NOT store personal information in cookies
  • Information about what cookies are set

We believe that our use of cookies is very necessary for the smooth functioning of the website. We do not believe that they pose any threat to your personal privacy or online security and we recommend that you “allow” cookies. If you “disable” cookies the interactive functions of the website will not operate (data-submission via forms, as well as user-registration, user-login, and many other features of the website can not work fully without using cookies).

 

 


More Detailed Information

Is this GDPR or PECR?

The original EU legislation that became known as the “E-Privacy Directive“ was published in 2003 and implemented as European Directive – 2002/58/EC then amended by Directive 2009/136/EC which included a requirement to seek consent for cookies and similar technologies. The EU Directive entered UK law on 26th May 2011 as “The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011” – often referred to as PECR – and this is still in force today. PECR sits alongside the more widely known legislation GDPR. Both are regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) www.ico.gov.uk .

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is used by a website to send ‘state information’ to a users’ browser and for the browser to return the state information to the website. The state information can be used for authentication, identification of a user session, user preferences, shopping cart contents, or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data on the user’s computer.

Cookies cannot be programmed, cannot carry viruses, and cannot instal malware on the host computer. However, they can be used to track users’ browsing activities which was a major privacy concern that prompted European and US law makers to take action.

Cookies are used by most websites for a variety of reasons – often very practical reasons to do with the operation of the website. However, they are also used to monitor how people are using the website (which pages are visited and how long is spent on each page). Each “visitor session” is tracked even though no effort is made to try to identify them in person.

The new legislation now states that you must be able to opt-out from having cookies stored on their computer.

What Happens If You Opt-Out

If you decide to disable cookies we record this so you don’t get asked the question again. You will find that most of the website works as expected although functions that rely on cookies are obviously disabled. These functions include using online forms (e.g. our enquiry form) or any feature that requires login. We use a cookie to remember your cookie preferences, this has a couple of consequences:

  • If you delete all your cookies you will have to tell us your preference again
  • If you use a different device, computer profile or browser you will have to tell us your preference again

We like the website www.aboutcookies.org which gives you detailed step by step guidance on how to control and delete cookies depending on your browser type. You can then adjust your browser settings to your preferred level of protection.

You can also use the links below to find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge

Mozilla Firefox

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Opera

Apple Safari

Safari iOS

Android

Blackberry

Windows Phone

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.

Further Reading

For your added peace of mind, we hold substantial professional indemnity insurance and we are also members of The Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW).

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