Legislation relating to cookies can be found in PECR, GDPR and EU Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (commonly known as ePrivacy Regulation).
What are cookies?
Cookies are simple text files that are stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server. More formally a cookie is known as an HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) cookie, a web cookie, an internet cookie or a browser cookie. The name ‘cookie’ is a shorter version of ‘magic cookie’, which is a term for a packet of data that a computer receives, then sends back without changing or altering it.
Each cookie is unique to your browser and no matter what it’s called, it consists of information. When you visit a website, the website server sends a cookie to your computer. Your computer stores it in a file located inside your web browser. This file is often called ‘Cookies’.
Information in cookies can vary from your preferred language to your location. Cookies often store your settings for a website. When you return to the site, the browser sends back the cookies that belong to the site. This allows the site to present you with the information customised to fit your needs, containing website preferences previously set up.
Cookies can contain a wide range of information such as a unique identifier, website’s domain name and some digits and numbers, it can also (where there are sign-ins and account set up) contain personal data such as your name, home address, email address or phone number.
Why are cookies used on our website?
SSQParishhall.co.uk is hosted on Wix.com platform. Primarily cooked are used to:
Sustain or improve the experience of website visitors;
Monitor and analyse the performance, operation and effectiveness of the platform;
Ensure the platform is secure and safe to use.
What type of cookies are there?
There are a number of classifications and types of cookies:
These are directly set by our website when visited by the user. These cookies are used, primarily, for ease of use of the website and the convenience of the users.
Third-party cookies are set by those websites or social media sites that are not directly visited by the user. So, these are cookies from sites linked to from the primary site. Currently the only links ssqparishhall.co.uk website has to a third-party is via a button link to our Facebook page and Google Maps.
Once installed, third-party cookies also track users and save their information for ad. targeting and behavioural advertising.
Some browsers are making it more difficult for third-party cookies to be used. Safari and Firefox have blocked third-party cookies, Google Chrome is intending to block third-party cookies.
Session cookies will expire, either immediately after having the web browser or within a few seconds of leaving.
An example of session cookies is when using an e-commerce site, the items a user places in a basket will be remembered, because of the session cookies. If session cookies were not in use then basket items would disappear by the time the user got to checkout.
Persistent cookies are stored on a user's device to help remember information, settings or sign-on credentials that a user has previously saved. This enable a faster website experience and creates convenience for the user.
As the name suggests, persistent cookies can stain the user's browser for a long time. Generally, these cookies are required to have an expiration date. According to the ePrivacy Directive, persistent cookies should be deleted after 12 months, but this is not always the case.
Essential/Strictly necessary cookies:
These cookies are essential for you to browse a website and use any of the features that have been set up.
Also known as functional cookies, these are used to allow a website remember choice you made in the past, such as language preference or login user name.
Also known as performance cookies. These cookies collect information about how you use a website, such as which pages you visit, which links you click on. None of this information can be used to identify you. It is all aggregated and is, therefore, anonymised. Their sole purpose is to improve website functions.
These cookies track online activity to help advertisers deliver more relevant advertising or to limit how many time you see an ad. They are also capable of identifying your location. These cookies can share that information with other organisations or advertisers. These are persistent cookies and can often be third-party cookies.
Which cookies do we use?
Websites designed using the Wix.com hosting and design services use the following cookies as a matter of course.
Additional cookies may be used in future, as and when the website incorporates apps or links.
Protecting yourself from cookie fraud
Cookies are not viruses, not even the malicious cookies. The plain text nature of cookies means they cannot be executed (i.e. the process of running a computer software program, script or command).
Your antivirus software can do little or nothing to protect against malicious cookies. There are two key things that can be done to protect yourself against becoming a victim of cookie fraud.
Keep your browser up to date, as many cookie exploits are designed to take advantage of holes in outdated browser security. Most update automatically but some may still require manual update.
Avoid questionable websites. If you should see a warning, either by your browser or by a search engine, that a site Is potentially malicious, don't proceed to the site unless you wish to risk infiltration by malicious cookies.
Managing your own device
There are a number of websites providing advice on disabling and deleting cookies. A couple are listed below and will open in a new window:
The Parish Hall Committee neither recommends nor endorses the websites noted above. Links to these established sites are provided to supply further information about cookies and as an aid. Please check their site Cookies Policy.
A PDF version of this Policy can be found on our Contact Us page.