The policy tells you what to expect when the School collects personal information. It applies to information we collect about visitors to our website through the use of website cookies.
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file downloaded on to a device when a user accesses certain websites, (not all websites set cookies.) A cookie may last only as long as the time the browser stays open (known then as a ‘session’ cookie,) or might last for months or years, (then it is called a ‘persistent’ cookie.) Both types are covered by the legislation.
A cookie is not bad in itself – it can be set to help make a website easy to use or function securely. The cookie could be to help users remember passwords or to remember them once they have logged in. These are positive uses but they still need users’ consent.
In 2009 the EU introduced a new Directive requiring consent for storage or access to information stored on a user’s equipment. The UK Government made this law The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. It came into effect on the 25 May 2011.
The Directive is designed to protect the privacy of internet users – even when the information being collected is not directly personally identifiable. The EU was concerned about online tracking of individuals and the use of spyware. It is designed to prevent information being stored on people’s computers and used to recognise them without their knowledge and agreement.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is responsible for enforcing this. They have given website owners time to meet the new provisions but have made it clear that they will enforce them after this period AND they expect website owners to makes changes in this period to make their websites comply with their guidance.
The heart of the law is to gain users consent to the setting of cookies. This consent should be informed, active and, ideally, gained prior to the website setting cookies. This means you should ask consent before setting them wherever possible and must be open that your site sets cookies; this statement must be prominently displayed and should link to a page which explains what cookies are set and why.
More information is available on the ICO website:
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
The information below explains the cookies we use and why.
Google Analytics Cookie
Google sets these performance cookies, these cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. Google stores the information collected on servers in the United States. Google may transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google state that they will not associate your IP address with any other data held by them.
Click here for an overview of privacy at Google http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html
Content Management System Cookie
This cookie is set by our content management system. It tracks when the user is logged in and enables a profile. This cookie is essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
We do not actively use the data or export for other purposes; it is purely for website functionality.
How to disable cookies
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. For example, in Internet Explorer, you can go to Tools and Internet Options, where there is the option to change your settings to disable cookies. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of our site if the cookies are disabled. You also have the ability to delete cookies that have been installed in the cookie folder of your browser. To do this you should search for “cookies” in your “Help” function for information on where to find your cookie folder.