EU Directive on Cookies
The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 recently came into effect. According to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), website owners are required to obtain consent from visitors to their website before placing cookies on their computers.
By using our site, you are giving us your implied consent to set cookies on your computer. Should you not wish to accept cookies from us, you may need to change your browser's configuration to prevent them from being set, or arrange to opt out (where possible).
What is a cookie?
Cookies are often used for statistical recording (telling us which pages were visited and when)and for enabling you to set user preferences so that when you return to our website, some of your preferences can be automatically applied.
Cookies can be either temporary or longer lasting. A session cookie exists for the duration of your visit to the website and is deleted when you leave it. A persistent cookie has a set lifespan and will remain on your computer for a specific length of time unless otherwise deleted by you.
Cookies used on the Cheshire East site
Like many websites, we use Google Analytics to help us to identify the way in which our website is used so we can try to improve it. The following cookies are set by Google analytics:
These are all used to collect non-personal information about how visitors use our site in terms of the numbers of visitors, the pages that they visit and the website they came from.
The following cookies may also be set when you visit our site:
- email -subscription - this sets a cookie which stores your email address. You have to opt-in to use this feature.
- nmstat - This cookie is used to help record the visitor’s use of the website (this is not a Google analytics cookie but it performs a similar function). It is used to collect statistics about site usage such as when the visitor last visited the site. This information is then used to improve the user experience on the website. This SiteAnalyze cookie contains a randomly generated ID used to recognise the browser when a visitor reads a page. The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics.
- ASP.NET_SessionId - This cookie is used purely to track the sequence of pages a visitor looks at during a visit to the site. This information can be used to reduce user journeys, and enable visitors to find relevant information quicker.
There are many applications on the Cheshire East website that rely on cookies to process your information. By application, we are referring to a part of the website that has a specific purpose which involves you being asked to enter information. For example, if you log in to your council tax account online.
Without cookies, many of these applications would not function properly.
Social Media and third party Cookies
Where we link to external social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Flickr, these sites may set cookies when you visit them. You will need to refer to their respective privacy policies to see how this information is used.
If you click on links posted on Twitter by Cheshire East Council, these may be shortened links that have been processed by Bit.ly. Bit.ly provides us with anonymised statistics about these links which can tell us how many times they have been clicked. This can help us to assess the effectiveness of our use of social media. Bit.ly do not have any access to any data collected on our website.
You can prevent us from setting cookies by making changes to your browser settings. For more information, please refer to your browser's 'Help' function. If you do choose to restrict the setting of cookies, this may stop the site from appearing to work properly when you visit it.
It is possible to opt-out of allowing Google cookies to be set. Visit the Google Opt-out page to find out how to do this.
Another initiative for Firefox users is Mozilla'sDo Not Track initiative which aims to make it easier for users to opt out of accepting cookies via their browser.
All personal data collected by Cheshire East is handled in accordance with Data Protection principles.