This explains how East Thames uses any information you give to us via our website, and the ways in which we protect your privacy. (NB It is not intended to be a privacy statement in relation to information submitted to the Commission by any other means.)
The Data Protection Act 1998
East Thames complies with the data protection principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to personal data which you give to us via our website to the extent that the Act requires it to do so. These principles restrict the powers of a data controller to disclose to third parties personal data which it is processing.
What information do we collect via the website?
We collect three main types of information from visitors to www.east-thames.co.uk
- feedback (general questions and specific feedback on the website);
- request for information
- site usage information (from session cookies* and log files).
We do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other site. The system will record your email address, and other information if volunteered to us by you, for example on the Feedback forms. This will be treated as proprietary and confidential.
What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
There are two main kinds of cookies: "session" cookies and "persistent" cookies. Session cookies only last for the duration of users using the website and are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies outlast user sessions and remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies.
Cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not.
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users' computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information.
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you.