From Sunday 27th May 2012, The Information’s Commission Office shall be enforcing the latest legislation (Directive 2009/136/EC) pertaining to The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, whereby all websites must obtain “informed consent” from visitors before saving HTTP access cookies.
What are HTTP access Cookies?
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies of information are then sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies can be useful in several ways as they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and can streamline a users experience by retaining certain information, for example a name or address on an order form.
What types of cookies are there?
There are two different types of cookies, there are Session cookies and Persistent cookies:
Session cookies – are only active for your online session and will disappear once your device browser is closed.
Persistent cookies – are active even after the browser has been closed, and remains on the device for a set period of time specified within the cookie or until the user chooses to remove the cookie.
What cookies do we use and why?
PHPSESSID – This is a Single Session Cookie which is essential for the operation of our website. The cookie allows the website to distinguish between different users and enables us to pass single users information from one page of our website to the next page. Once the user closes their browser the cookie disappears and will only re-appear once the customer has returned to the site.
_UTMA _UTMB _UTMC _UTMZ – These are the four persistent cookies we use from Google Analytics, which enable us to monitor the performance of our website, whereby cookies collected in anonymous form provide information on how visitors use our site. By incorporating the cookies in the site we can analyse factors such as:
• where customers have come to our site from
• how many visitors we receive
• which pages customers visit the most
• Which pages users spend the most time on etc.
From this information we can examine our users experience on the site, identify which pages users find most and least helpful, enabling us to optimise our website which will ultimately benefit our visitors’ online experience.
Disabling HTTP access cookies
Some users perceive certain cookies as an intrusion of their privacy and may wish to disable their browsing cookies, however please bare in mind the our website uses non-intrusive cookies which are necessary for the smooth operation of our website. They do not identify people, but rather they identify a combination of computer, user account and browser i.e Google.
Should you wish to proceed with disabling your HTTP access cookies, please note that we cannot guarantee the quality of performance expected from our website.
We’d like to thank our customers in advance for your understanding with our compliance to the new legislation and would also like to apologise in advance for any performance related issues should you disable our cookies. We sincerely hope you continue to enjoy your online experience with BM Bi-folding Doors.