Because of the difficulty in implementing the explicit obtaining of a user’s permission, the Data Commissioner, who administers compliance with this regulation, allowed 12 months leeway before he would expect compliance. The leeway ended on 25th May 2012.
Does the Happy Valley web site collect cookies?
Some of the data displayed on Happy Valley web site pages is stored in a database and retrieved dynamically to create the correct page at the user’s request. While the page is being constructed a count may be made on the database of the specific page requested. No other information is recorded. Only the webmaster has access to update the database with new or updated information. In the Family History section information is taken from publicly available family history resources and from individuals submitting information for publication. We endeavour not to publish any family history information relating to persons we know to be, or may reasonably believe to be, still living.
This list is not exhaustive. There are probably many other uses of cookies on the larger commercial web sites.
A cookie is a usually very small computer file recording information about the user’s use of a particular web site. There are two types of cookie – session cookies and persistent cookies.
Session cookies are deleted when you close your browser or, in some cases, when you log out of an online service. These cookies are also commonly used to reduce page loading times and to make more efficient use of server processing, both enabling the user to experience a better and faster service.
Persistent cookies are stored on your computer indefinitely, on your hard disk if your computer has one. Persistent cookies are commonly used to store information that will be of value the next time you visit the same web site, for example, whether or not you want your password remembered – indeed, if you do the cookie will contain your password as well, hopefully in encrypted form.
It is possible to remove persistent cookies and you should refer to your ‘help’ system for instructions on how to do this.
What happens if I disallow cookies?
Most PC and MAC browsers provide an option in their settings to prevent the creation and keeping of cookies. So far as the Happy Valley web site is concerned, absolutely nothing will change if you disallow cookies; there will be no difference in your browsing experience because we don’t use them. However, some complex sites will simply not work without them. In particular, you may find that banking and similar sites just won’t work without them and they may not even allow you to logon until you allow cookies once again.
Should I be concerned about cookie use?
Generally no. However, there are some web sites, usually those selling products or services, that make extensive use of information collected via cookies. Each of these companies should now be soliciting your permission to do so. Some may well offer the user a choice of cookie use, for instance, enabling the user to disconnect from marketing purposes. Others will offer an all or nothing capability. Beware that if you say ‘no’ a web site may become unuseable to you.
Cookies are pretty well essential for a good internet browsing experience. The Happy Valley web site is a simple site which does not use them. We do not collect any personal information from you or your computer. Our ISP and some of the sites we link to collect a wide range of statistical information and may in some circumstances collect personal information. Some sites are said to collect more information than is reasonably justified and it is because of this that new regulations have been introduced.
The Happy Valley web site includes a section on Bollington family history. The family information provided to the webmaster often includes persons still living. These persons are recorded as such and the web pages are designed never to show these people, except to those responsible for the upkeep of the system – presently just the webmaster.