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Privacy Statement - Internet Use

If you are a member of the public and decide to access the Council’s website, please be assured that we do not capture and/or store any personal information about you but merely log your internet enabler’s IP address because this is automatically recognized by the Council’s web server. IP addresses are not linked to any personal data, so unless you are formally contacting us by email or completing an on-line form you will retain your anonymity.

When you email us or complete one of our on-line forms we will record your email address and any other information you provide voluntarily to us. Your data is treated confidentially and will be used only for the purpose or purposes for which you have provided it. Furthermore, unless the Council are required to disclose it by law or are permitted to do so, your data will not be passed to any third parties or shared with other departments for the Council for any other purposes unless you have indicated or have previously indicated that you have no objection to us doing so. However, please be aware that if you post offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content information on the Council’s website we may use your personal information to stop such behaviour continuing. If we reasonably believe that you are or may be in breach of the law, we may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties about your behaviour and the content you have posted. If you are 16 or under you will need to get your parent’s or guardian’s consent before providing personal information to us.

Any personal information you provide will be retained by the Council only for as long as it is reasonably necessary for the relevant purpose for which you provided it or for as long as is necessary and reasonable in the circumstances and also to enable the Council fulfil any statutory or regulatory requirements.

Please see below the Council policy on cookies.

This statement may be updated from time to time.

 

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that some websites send to your computer’s hard drive every time you visit them. The main purpose of the cookies is to prepare a customized Web experience for users. When you enter a Web site, you may be asked to provide certain information such as your name and interests. This information can be packaged into a cookie and sent to your Web browser which stores it for later use.

 

Bedford Borough Council’s website relies on cookies to: give insight into how useful our website is to our users, so that it can be updated and improved based on your needs; and to remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again. Our cookies cannot read other data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. We do not use cookies for collecting personal user information.

 

Cookies on the Bedford Borough Website

 

Bedford Borough council uses Google Analytics to see how visitors use the sites so that we can make the site more focused on their needs. To do this, the site will collect anonymous details of visitor behaviour patterns and usage statistics, whenever users visit any of the Council’s webpages.  The information gathered helps the council to improve our online services, and is not used to determine the identity of our visitors.

The cookies used on the Bedford Borough website are as follows

 

Cookie

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Further Information

Google Analytics

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These cookies are used to track visits to the Council’s websites. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, the pages that were visited, the length of time spent on a page and what you click on whilst visiting the site.

SiteImprove Analytics

Nmstat

 

This cookie is used to register whether or not a visitor is a returning user. The cookie contains an ID number.

SiteImprove Analytics

ASP.Net_SessionID

This cookie is used to track a visitor’s current session while they are on the website. The cookie expires 30 minutes after they leave the website.

Discussion Forum Cookies

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These cookies are required to enable visitors to participate in threaded online discussions via the Council’s forum facility.

 

Contribution to discussions requires a user account, and these cookies are used to allow authenticated users to access certain functionality.

Stay Connected

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This cookie is use to track if users have signed up to the Stay Connected bulletins.

AddThis

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This cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated.

No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users.

 

What if I disable cookies on the Bedford Borough website?

You can adjust your computer to accept all, some or alternatively, not to accept any cookies at all.  However, disabling or even partially disabling cookies on the Council’s website may have an impact on your web experience, and possibly restrict or even preclude the Council from being able to contact and assist you in certain circumstances.

 

How can I enable / disable / delete cookies?

The majority of browsers (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, etc) allow for universal privacy setting which are applied to all websites visited, when using that browser.  Differing browsers offer differing ways to manage cookies, which is done via the browsers privacy settings.  The help function within your browser should be able to assist you with this.  Further information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set as well as how to manage them, can be found by visiting https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/

 

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