Cookie use on this website.
When we had this website constructed by Clickingmad
Ltd, we wanted to make the website easy to use, useful and
reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes
involves placing small amounts of information on your computer or
mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They
cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for
you through, for example:
- enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't
have to give the same information several times during one task, in a
shopping cart for example.
- recognising that you may already have given a username and
password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested. E.g.
If you have logged into the website.
- measuring how many people are using services, so they can
be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are
fast. We use Google Analytics for this task.
Above are the most common uses for Cookies on websites aimed
at a UK audience.
Where did Cookies come from?
Cookies for the internet were originally developed in 1995 by
the Netscape Communications Corporation. The word 'cookie' comes from
'magic cookie,' a term in programming languages for a piece of
information shared between co-operating pieces of software. The choice
of the word cookie appears to come from the American tradition of
giving and sharing edible cookies.
What is the purpose of cookies?
Cookies make the interaction between users and web sites
faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a
web site to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember
the user's preferences or registration details for a future visit.
the browsing experience more efficient and enjoyable. Web sites often
about their users. This information includes which pages the visitor
goes to, how long they stayed there etc. Clickingmad
Ltd have installed Google Analytics on this website so that
we can track the numbers of visitors we have. Only by us seeing this
information can we strive to improve the website for you, our website
Cookies are also used to enable ecommerce web sites to monitor their users' web surfing habits and profile them for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in and send them targeted advertisements). This is especially popular in the USA and is also part of the programming of many of the popular Social Media websites such as Facebook.
Are there different types of cookies?
Cookies come in different flavours:
- Session, or transient cookies.
These are cookies that are stored in the computer's memory only during
a user's browsing session and are automatically deleted from the user's
computer when the browser is closed. These cookies usually store a
session ID that is not personally identifiable to users, allowing the
user to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly.
They are widely used by commercial web sites (for example, to keep
track of items that a buyer has added to a shopping cart). Session
cookies are never written on the hard drive and they do not collect any
information from the user's computer. Session cookies expire at the end
of the user's browser session and can also become no longer accessible
after the session has been inactive for a specified length of time,
usually between 15 and 20 minutes.
- Permanent, persistent, or stored cookies.
Cookies that are stored on the user's computer and are not deleted when
the browser is closed. Permanent cookies can retain user preferences
for a particular web site, allowing those preferences to be used in
future browsing sessions. Permanent cookies can be used to identify
individual users, so they may be used by web sites to analyse users'
surfing behaviour within the web site. These cookies can also be used
to provide information about numbers of visitors, the average time
spent on a particular page and generally the performance of the web
site. They are usually configured to keep track of users for a
prolonged period of time, in some cases many years into the future.
- Flash cookies
If you have Adobe Flash installed on your computer (most computers do),
small files may be stored on your computer by websites that contain
Flash media, such as video clips. These files are known as Local Shared
Objects (LSOs) or Flash cookies. They can be used for the same purposes
as regular cookies. Flash cookies can also back up the data that is
stored in a regular cookie. When you delete cookies using your browser
controls, your Flash cookies are not affected. So a website that served
a cookie to you may recognise you on your next visit if it backed up
its now-deleted cookie data to a Flash cookie. You can control Flash
cookies. Adobe's website offers tools to control Flash cookies on your
computer and users of the Firefox browser can also get an add-on to
detect and delete Flash cookies.
- Flash Cookies
If you would like to see what Flash cookies are installed on your
computer then visit the Adobe website and you will see the
actual list of websites that have used this technology to store your
information. From here you can delete any and all of them with one
click, should you wish to. Click this link to go there now.
Bear in mind that we do not control the content of this external
- Other cookies
As there are so many different browsers available for us to use to
visit Internet websites we felt it was important to give you the
opportunity to delete an and all cookies from your computer. If you
visit www.aboutcookies.org you can learn
how to delete them from your particular browser. Bear in mind that we
do not control the content of this external website.
Are cookies dangerous?
No. Cookies are small pieces of text.
They are not computer programs, and they
can't be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to disseminate
viruses, and modern versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox,
Chrome and other browsers allow users to set their own limitations to
the number of cookies saved on their hard drives.
Can cookies threaten users' privacy?
Cookies are stored on the computer's hard drive. They cannot
access the hard drive - so a cookie can't read other information saved
on the hard drive, or get a user's e-mail address etc. They only
contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users
themselves have disclosed to a certain web site.
A server cannot set a cookie for a domain that it is not a
member of. In spite of this, users quite often find in their computer
files cookies from web sites that they have never visited. These
cookies are usually set by companies that sell internet advertising on
behalf of other web sites. Therefore it may be possible that users'
information is passed to third party web sites without the users'
knowledge or consent, such as information on surfing habits. This is
the most common reason for people rejecting or fearing cookies.
Do please be assured that any cookies we allow to be used on
this website that are in our control will never be used to encourage
advertising to you in particular.
We agree with the legislation that is in force created to
protect user privacy but also feel that our website should function
properly for you and for us. We shall of course keep a close watch on
this issue on your behalf. If you have any questions about this website
and state your concerns. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org