A cookie is a small data (text) file, often including a unique identifier, which is sent to your computer, mobile phone or other device by the web server so that website can remember some information about your browsing preferences on the website. No other website has access to these files.
How cookies are used
To present a personalised view of the website
To allow you to comment on the website
Third party cookies (i.e. those found on embedded Youtube videos) - I have no control over these.
Types of Cookies
Session Cookies - stored only for the duration of your visit, and are deleted when you close your browser
Persistent Cookies - saved on your device for a fixed period of time, even after the browser has been closed.
Functional cookies (remember your preferences)
Essential cookies (essential for the running of parts of the website)
Typical information stored in cookies
The device’s IP address and browser type
The device's operating system
The device's broad location
The pages you visit on this website
The date and time you access this website
If you linked to this website from another, the address of that website as well
A legal basis is required to process your data; as such, GDPR sets out 6 lawful bases, of which we rely on only 2 of them:
To personalise your experience on this site
To deal with enquiries and complaints
To allow you to comment on this site
Where you actively agree to share your data (i.e. by sending us an email)
Where you opt-in (i.e. to a newsletter)
What is done with your data?
Unlike many websites that send personal data onto third parties for further processing, your data is not shared with ANYONE. As a sole trader, only I have access to such a database, and I only use your data for its intended purpose. No agents, no sponsors, no ad services, no marketing, no audit services, and no other companies or third parties. I also don't put trackers on emails, which some companies use to test effectiveness of marketing techniques.
Right to be forgotten (the right to have your details removed)
Right to request details of what information is held about you
Right to correct incorrect, out-of-date, or incomplete data
Right to withdraw consent of processing your personal data
Right to complain to the ICO (the UK data protection supervisory authority)
It is my responsibility to safely document and store any personal data. I must also explain how long such data is retained, the lawful basis for processing the data, and also have a process in place for locating and deleting such data. I also have an obligation to provide a list of data that is held, and must do so within one month of such a request being made by a customer. It is also my responsibility to make sure consent is sought to store data and cookies.