What are cookies and why do we use them?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your device’s hard drive and may be used to distinguish you from other website users.
Cookies are commonly used to improve the performance of websites, to optimise user and to provide website owners with information on how their website is used. For example, cookies may monitor how many times someone visits a website, which pages are read on that website, and where website users are located. Some of this data will be aggregated or statistical, which means you will not be identified individually.
For further information on cookies generally, including how to control and manage them, visit the guidance on cookies published by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, http://www.aboutcookies.org or http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies we use
We use the following types of cookies on our website:
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are necessary for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to navigate our site, display the correct page for the device you are using, and donate using our donation platform. These cookies are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but this may mean that some parts of our website will not work.
Analytics / statistical cookies: These cookies allow us to track visits to our site and traffic sources so we can measure and improve performance. They also help us to understand how visitors move around our site and which pages are the most popular, so that we can optimise our website. All of the information these cookies collect is anonymised. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited or how you have used our site.
Functional cookies: These allow websites to remember the user’s site preferences and choices they make on the site including username, region, and language. This allows the website to provide personalized features like local news stories and weather if you share your location.
Security cookies: Cookies used for security authenticate users, prevent fraud, and protect users as they interact with a service.
We use ‘first party cookies’, which are set and collected by us and are only used by our website when you visit it.
Cookies may be either “persistent” or “session” cookies.
Persistent cookies consist of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, that will be stored by the browser and remain valid until a set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). Persistent or tracking cookies are employed to store user preferences and allow to customise how information is presented through site layouts or themes (for example, allow to retain website language preference).
Session cookies, on the other hand, are used by the server to store information about user page activities during a session, so that users can easily pick up where they left off on the server’s pages or, for example, can store ordering information needed to make shopping carts work. Session cookies will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Third parties serve cookies through our website for analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.
How can I control cookies?
We will ask for your consent to place all cookies or other similar technologies on your device, except where they are essential for us to provide you with a service that you have requested, i.e. strictly necessary cookies.
You may refuse or withdraw your consent to the use of optional cookies by setting your preferences in the Cookie Consent Manager. The Cookie Consent Manager allows you to select which categories of cookies you accept or reject. Essential cookies cannot be rejected as they are strictly necessary to provide you with services.
The Cookie Consent Manager can be found in the notification banner. If you do not wish to consent to our use of optional cookies, you may still use our website though your access to some functionality and areas of our website may be restricted.
Please note, if you block strictly necessary cookies then you may be unable to access certain areas of our website and certain pages will not function properly. We cannot accept liability for any malfunctioning of the User’s device or its installed web browser as a result of any attempt to turn off cookies.
What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?
Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a website. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognize when someone has visited our Websites or opened an e-mail including them. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within a website to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to the website from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.
Where can I get further information?
Assel Valley Community Renewables Society Limited
Unit 26, Trinity Enterprise Centre
Furness Business Park
Phone: 01229 821028