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Cookies and how they Benefit You

This website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience I can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

The cookies used on this site help me:

  • Make my website work as you’d expect
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to comment on stories and share them with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve my website for you

I do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties

You can learn more about all the cookies I use below

Granting me permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies I take this, and your continued use of my website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from my site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that the site will not work as you would expect.

More about my Cookies

I use cookies to make my website work including:

  • Allowing you to add comments to my site
  • Tracking use of my site to enable me to improve it

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use my site.

Third party functions

My site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties . My site includes the following which use cookies:

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily view,  ‘like’ or share my content on the likes of FacebookTwitter, YouTube and Instagram I have included sharing buttons on my site.

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Document Reader Cookies

So that you can easily read the content of documents I put on my website, without you having to download special software, I use a document reader service called Issuu.

You can read about Issuu’s privacy policy here.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

I use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited my website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when my site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps me to continuously improve my website. These so called analytics programs also tell me, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of mine and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing http://www.attacat.co.uk/, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.

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