How we use cookies

WHAT ARE COOKIES?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. Cookies are widely used in order to make website work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

HOW DO WE USE COOKIES?

The Council’s website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”) to help analyse the use of the website. For this purpose, Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer.

The information generated by the cookies about the use of the website – standard internet log information (including your IP address) and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form – is transmitted to and stored by Google including on servers in the United States. We anonymise your IP address before sending it to Google.

In accordance with its Privacy Shield Certification, Google declares that it complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework. Google may transfer the information collected by Google Analytics to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.

According to Google Analytics terms of service, Google will not associate the data subject  IP address with any other data held by Google.

You may refuse the use of Google Analytics cookies by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

HOW TO CONTROL COOKIES

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed.
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MANAGING COOKIES IN YOUR BROWSER

Most browsers allow you to:

  • see what cookies you’ve got and delete them on an individual basis
  • block third party cookies
  • block cookies from particular sites
  • block all cookies from being set
  • delete all cookies when you close your browser

If you chose to delete cookies, you should be aware that any preferences will be lost. Also, if you block cookies completely many websites (including ours) will not work properly.