A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, saved to a users browser when the user accesses a website.
All modern browsers are set up to do this by default, no personal information is supplied, the website simply looks for it's cookie and if it doesn't find one it asks the browser to keep one.
This file is unique to the originating website, it can only contain information set by the originating website and is only accessible to the originating website.
The cookie can be read by the originating website during this visit (session cookies) or sometimes on subsequent visits (persistent cookies) allowing websites to 'remember' what you have in your basket, or any preferences you have relating to that website.
This website uses Session Cookies to keep track of choices when voting in the Bulldogs or registering for certain events.
It also uses Persistent Cookies via Google Analytics, a web analytics tool.
It also uses social buttons to enable sharing of pages via AddThis. These cookies from AddThis may be gathering usage information.
At Televisual we take your privacy seriously, session Cookies are deleted as soon as you leave this website, they contain no personal information and are not used to track your useage of this site. They simply keep track of choices when voting in the Bulldogs or registering for certain events. As such they are intrinsic to the proper operation of this website. Your consent to use these cookies is implied by your continued use of this website.
Web analytics tools, of which Google Analytics is the most common, are used by almost every website to provide insight into the behaviour of visitors to the site.
Analytics tools help website owners answer all sorts of questions like:
- What are the most popular pages on my site?
- What pages don't visitors appear to like?
- What browsers are my visitors using?
- What days or times bring the most visits?
Having answers to questions like this is vital to site owners to be able to provide a good service to their users.
This information is completely anonymous. There is no way a website can tell who a visitor is or find any information about that visitor other than information they specifically give to that website. There is absolutely no invasion of your privacy in gathering this information.
However, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), the body responsible for enforcing the new cookie regulations in the UK, has clearly stated that this kind of tracking technology will require a visitor's consent before it can be used.
All websites that are interested in providing a good service to their users and in monitoring and improving this service use some form of web analytics tool. The ICO website itself uses Google Analytics to track visitors.
If website owners are prevented from collecting this information the end result will be a poorer web experience for all visitors.