Your privacy and cookies
- Category: Site Legal and Disclaimers
- Last Updated: 12 July 2016
Ryedale District Council does not automatically capture your personal information when you visit our website unless the information is volunteered. The only way personal data is collected is when you complete an online form, an online transaction or by sending us an email.
When you as an individual volunteer information on an online form or transaction, you are allowing and consenting to your information being used for the purpose of that service. All our employees and processors who have access to your personal data or who are involved in processing that data are obliged to respect your confidentiality. Information will not be passed onto third parties unless you as an individual grant permission.
Online payments are provided by Capita Payment Services. These are operated under strict payment security guidelines accessible from the online payments pages.
A user may access and browse the website without disclosing personal data. This may be done by simply not completing an online form, an online transaction or by sending an email to us.
Non-personal information is recorded automatically. This data includes the pages visited by an individual, the time of the visit, and the order of pages viewed. This information is for the sole purpose of making the website as responsive to visitors' needs as possible.
In summary, cookies are a vital piece of technology in your browser, allowing websites to make your Internet experience better. For example, when you set a default language on a website, cookies help the site remember your choice. You can block some or all cookies, but this can cause certain features across the web to stop working. For example, many websites require cookies to be turned on when you want to sign in. Please see your choice of browser's help resources to learn how to adjust your cookie settings.
Cookies and your privacy: EU 'cookies' legislation
A 'cookie' is a small text file of letters and numbers that allows a website to recognise a visitor's pc, mobile or other device. They are downloaded to your PC or other device (mobile phone, tablet) when you visit a website. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user/visitor experience. They can also - on certain sites - help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
There are basically five main types of cookie used by websites:
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have may wish to use, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. This aggregated data is only used to improve how a website works.
These cookies allow a website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked to use such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator's permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation. Arguably, it is the over-use of these types of cookies by unscrupulous advertisers that has lead the EU to take action. There is none of this type of cookie in use on Ryedale District Council's websites.
Third party cookies
Third Party cookies are those used by embedded content providers such as, for example, YouTube, Facebook or Flickr. The Council
As you can see from the above, many cookies are essential to a site's smooth operation. However, if you are worried about the privacy implications of cookies, you may choose to delete and block them (see below).
Cookies legislation: EU Privacy Law 2011
As the owner of this website, the Council must aim to give all users the opportunity to give their explicit consent to having cookies downloaded onto their computers or other devices.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), responsible for regulating the new rules for websites, gave all organisations one year to prepare for this, recognising that the issues are complex and the appropriate implementation within the law will differ from site to site.
The first step towards compliance is to identify whether a website has cookies, how many, and whether they are essential or desirable for the website's operation. Ryedale District Council has begun a full analysis of the cookies on this site.
We encourage you, therefore to accept the cookies our website uses as they help us to improve the user experience for you and many others. There are many ways to manage cookies (please see information below and in the information panel to the right)
Cookies in use on this website:
Google Analytics (please see below for full discussion)
Collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
Google uses these cookies for their Google Maps service, but does not provide details on what these cookies are used for at the time of writing.
*These cookies are provided by a third party who could change their cookies in future outside of our control. We will review this policy regularly for any such changes.
To delete cookies or reject cookies
We recommend you allow the cookies we set by this website as they help us improve and provide a better service. If you do not want to receive cookies from this website, select "cookie settings" under the "privacy" settings in your browser options, and add our domain to the list of websites you do not want accept cookies from.
Under "settings" you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored. You can find more information on how to delete and control cookies at www.aboutcookies.org.
How to delete cookies.
How to control cookies.
Cookie - Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google").
Its purpose is to Collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.
Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
If you have any further questions about this policy, please contact us.