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Privacy Policy

Cookies | Family history | Summary

In May 2011 new law came into force in the UK that required web sites to obtain their user’s explicit permission to store cookies on the user’s computer, whether it be PC, MAC, tablet or smartphone. The law was considered necessary because many web sites use cookies to store data that is subsequently used for marketing purposes – that is, they use it to target the user with what they consider appropriate selected advertising. The government consider that users should know what data is collected and to what purpose it is applied and then agree to that before they go further into the particular web site.

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?

The short answer is no. None of the page code written by the Happy Valley webmaster writes or uses cookies.

The Happy Valley web pages include many links to other web sites. These links are usually denoted by the  symbol at the end of the link. This also indicates that the linked to page will load in a separate tab or window. The Happy Valley web site has no control over other web sites and their use of cookies. Please consult the target site’s privacy policy for details.

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.

The Happy Valley web site is housed by 1&1 Internet Ltd, our Internet Service Provider (ISP). They record detailed usage statistics including counts of the use of each page, the browsers employed by users (MS Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.), the computer operating systems used (Windows XP, 7, 8, 10, MAC OS X, iOS, etc.) and other technical information. This type of information is available to the Happy Valley webmaster for analysis. There is no user personal information available. You can read the 1&1 privacy policy here.

If you arrive at the Happy Valley web site (or any other web site) via a search, either by Google or any of the other search services, your link normally goes via the search company’s server so that they can record users’ page targets. The same is true of price comparison and marketing sites such as Amazon. This information is used by them to selectively target their advertising. Details of these practices may be found on their respective privacy policy pages.

This list is not exhaustive. There are probably many other uses of cookies on the larger commercial web sites.


What are Cookies?

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.

Many ISPs also keep information in log files which are stored on the web site server. There is a multitude of uses to which ISPs may put this data. Please consult their Privacy Policy web page for details.

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.

Summary

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.


Family History

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.