Users contacting this website and/or it’s owners do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form to email submission process but advise users using such form to email processes that they do so at their own risk.
This website and it’s owners use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products / services they offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have submitted. This includes using your details to subscribe you to any email newsletter program the website operates but only if this was made clear to you and your express permission was granted when submitting any form to email process. Or whereby you the consumer have previously purchased from or enquired about purchasing from the company a product or service that the email newsletter relates to. This is by no means an entire list of your user rights in regard to receiving email marketing material. Your details are not passed on to any third parties.
What Are Cookies?
Cookies are simple text files. They are needed to help navigate automatic logins, password authentication, shopping cart functions, personal preference settings and a variety of other functions. Cookies make these functions smooth and hassle-free to the user.
Cookies don’t search your computer for information. Cookies register the information you provide through your browser. When you enter personal and/or financial information on a website, the cookies store your information, both for ease of use on your next visit, and for ad tracking.
Information stored by cookies is usually encoded; it is protected from potential computer hackers by security features (which you, the website owner, have put into place.)
Cookies are necessary and enhance your browsing experience. Without cookies, you would have to reenter all of your information every time you revisited a site. A cookie will simply remember your information on the website to save you time.
Cookies only store the information you provide. A cookie cannot “grab” your email address. A cookie can store your email address on the website—if you have typed in your email address; a cookie stores all information you voluntarily give when you visit a website.
Cookies themselves contain very little information other than the URL of the website that created the cookie. Because there is so little information, a cookie can’t be used to identify you by name or other personal information. However, advances in technology have seen an increase in how companies can manipulate cookie information to create a profile of your web surfing habits. Again, this is a profile of a particular consumer’s surfing habits and product preferences, there is no name (your name) attached to the profile.
Cookies are harmless. They cannot introduce viruses on your computer.
Cookies are not the same thing as Spyware. A cookie stores your website surfing information; Spyware stores your Internet surfing information (every site you visit).
What Cookies Do
Cookies don’t identify personal details, but your IP address (every computer has an Internet Protocol address) is registered wherever they browse. We have no control over that. Electronic acknowledgment of the IP address is just that—it identifies the computer. (It requires extensive computer knowledge and resources, such as those at the disposal of law enforcement agencies, to dig deep enough to identify the person using a particular computer, and even then, the person may not be identifiable if he or she used a computer at a public library, for instance.)
You can adjust the “Settings” function of a browser toolbar. All browsers (Google, Firefox, Bing, Internet Explorer, etc.) have a “Settings” on their toolbars, which may be represented by text or an icon.
Some of the confusion about cookies stems from the use of “clickstreaming,” a marketing device used by many mega websites. Essentially, the use of this technology does mean a user’s personal information, such as an email address, can get combined with nonessential information collected by a cookie. This occurs when a database, such as a large ecommerce website (which has membership and login credentials) uses a clickstream tracking system. At that point, a member on the database, including the member’s email address or other information, combines with the site cookie—allowing that user’s Internet surfing habits to be tracked and traced to him or her, and not just traced to the IP address of a computer.
First-party cookies are automatically set by the domain (the website listed in the address bar of the browser.) Third-party (advertising) cookies come from other domain sources.
Cookies aren’t completely fail-safe. Cookie information can be hijacked if a user is surfing the net on an unencrypted network (such as a public WiFi network.) Caution visitors to your site about the perils of imparting any personal or financial information over an unencrypted network.
The law regarding cookies is much stricter in the UK than in the USA.