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With some recent changes to website legislation, particularly in the way cookie information is presented to users, we thought it worthwhile to collate some of the key legislation and share it with our customers.

 

Current website legislation calls for a number of elements to be prevalent on any company website
•    Company Name
•    Its place of registration
•    Registered number, either company or charity number
•    Registered office address
•    VAT number (even if the website is not being used for ecommerce)
In addition each site should contain a privacy policy and a terms and conditions policy

New Cookie Legislation
Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). New legislations means your website must make users aware if you use cookies and prompt them not to use cookies when viewing your site.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site. This can have an impact on sites that have log in areas where the user would need to create a new log in every time they moved from page to page.

Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
Websites which use Google Analytics to track visitor numbers are using cookies to monitor this information.

What is in a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.


What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set?
Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing. Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website.
How can I control cookies?

Web browser cookies
If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

Sites built by Vizibility Design
If we have developed your site presence we can provide you with an option to have a pop up box placed on the home page of your site which will alert users to the fact the site uses cookies and ask them to allow their use. If they do not wish to accept cookies they can be driven into the enclosed document within their privacy policy which will explain to them how to refuse cookies through their browser settings. We have set a minimal fee for this to cover only our time and it is priced at £145.00 per site. Contact us today if you would like us to help update your site.

 




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