A cookie is a small text file placed on your web browser (for example Google Chrome or Internet Explorer) when you visit a website from your computer or smartphone. The cookie allows us to store a small piece of information on your computer and then refer back to it, perhaps several times during your visit – or the next time you visit.
An example of using cookies would be in conjunction with a contact form. This form may ask you to fill out your name and email address. When you submit that form, we will set two cookies on your device. One which holds your name, and the other your email address. Then, next time you come to fill in the same form on our site, we will look for cookies and, if they exist, use them to automatically fill out your name and email address – saving you time.
Cookies are stored on your computer or smartphone – this means you have control and can delete them if you wish to. We do not keep a copy of cookies we place on your computer, and cannot identify you personally from them.
It is worth remembering that only the web service which sets a particular cookie can then read it at a later date. So the cookies set as a result of you filling in that form, could not be read by, say, The Guardian website.
The cookies we use can be divided into five broad types:
Analytics & Visitor Tracking
Twitter; Facebook; LinkedIn; WordPress.com; Google (G+, blogger, etc).
Google (Youtube, Hangouts, Google Docs, forms); Scribd; Issuu; AudioBoo; CoveritLive.
If you are a contributor or content-owner for one of our websites, and have logged-in to the administration part of our website, you will have received cookies from us. These perform two main functions: They prevent you having to log-in each time you visit a different page; and, if you allow it, prevent you having to re-enter your username and password each time you visit the site.
If you would prefer not to receive cookies, there are instruction on disabling cookies for most web browsers available here.
Your Data & St John’s
We hold all of your data in accordance with our own data protection policy, and the Data Protection Act. A copy of our data protection policy is available from the Church Office.
The Data Protection Act governs how we collect, hold and use your data. It can be summarised into these eight key principles:
- We will only use your data for the purpose(s) for which we collected it.
- We cannot disclose your data to other parties without your permission, unless there is law forcing us to.
- You have the right to access the data which we hold about you.
- We cannot hold your data for longer than necessary, and we must keep it up to date.
- We cannot send your data outside the EU, unless there is adequate protection in place. (We do store data outside the EU, but all data controllers there are part of the safe harbour agreement).
- We must be registered with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
- We must have adequate security in place to protect your data.
- You have the right to have factually incorrect data we hold about you corrected.
We are of course fully committed to complying with all relevant legislation, and will adhere to it at all times. Specifically related to communications, we comply fully with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive (PECR) and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with us.