Privacy Policy

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test the material on our site. However, it is always wise to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. The Council cannot accept any responsibility or liability for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or to your computer system, which may occur as a result of using material from our site.

Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files located in browser directories. When you visit a site that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your PC. The next time you visit that site, your PC checks to see if it has a relevant cookie and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the site. The site then ‘knows’ that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact.

Are they good or bad?

They are beneficial because they can record preferences and store data (e.g. what’s in your online shopping cart). They can make sites easier to navigate and create a more personal browsing experience. The negative aspect of cookies is that information about you is collected and stored by a website and might be used be used to market services to you or shared with a third party who may wish to do the same.
There are two types of cookies that can be set, session cookies and persistent cookies:
session cookies are set for a small amount of time, usually while your browser is open, and get deleted when you close your browser
persistent cookies are stored on your computer for a longer period of time and can store things like login details, website preferences and information about what you were looking at

Instructions for blocking cookies using browser settings:

The following websites provide browser specific instructions on blocking cookies:
Chrome
Firefox
Internet Explorer 7 and 8
Internet Explorer 9
Internet Explorer 10
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8
Safari

For other browsers and operating systems, consult your relevant help file. We don’t set any advertising tracking cookies as we don’t advertise for commercial purposes on our site.

For more information on cookies please see the following sites:
Aboutcookies.org
BBC webwise