Protecting your privacy

If you contact Basingstoke Consortium Ltd via the phone, this website or email we will add your details to our database to enable us to correspond effectively and efficiently with you. All our data is held securely and we will never share your details with any third parties without firstly requesting your permission.

How we use cookies

The only cookie we use on our website is one supplied by Google Analytics which enables us monitor website activity, such as:

  • Visitor numbers
  • How visitors have found us
  • What browsers are being used to view our pages on
  • Location of visitors broken down by country
  • Most popular pages

To enable this, the cookie records and monitors activity against the IP address allocated to your computer by your Internet Service provider and does not provide us with any personal information about you as a private individual, or the business you work for. A visit to our website is deemed as consent, however, if you would prefer to switch the Google Analytics Tracking Cookie off, you can do so quickly and easily following the instructions on this link: opt-out of Google Analytics.

The information below has been taken from content provided by the Information Commissioner's Office who are responsible for upholding the EU Cookie Law.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can do a number of things eg remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket, and counting the number of people looking at a website.

The rules on cookies are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. The Regulations also cover similar technologies for storing information, eg Flash cookies. The Regulations were revised in 2011, and the ICO is responsible for enforcing these new rules.

What do the new rules mean?

The rules require in most cases that websites wanting to use cookies get your consent.

How will these new rules impact on me when I use the internet?

As organisations start to comply with these rules you are likely to start to see more information about cookies on sites and be given more choices about these cookies. This might include, for example, being asked to agree to a cookie being used for a particular service, such as remembering your preferences on a site.

Organisations will need to decide on the best way to provide clear information about cookies and to give people using their websites the right choices. They will also want to make sure that these changes do not adversely affect the experience of people using the internet. This should ensure they find a solution which meets the requirements in a way that works well for their site and meets the needs of people using it.

How can I control my cookies?

Browser controls

You can use your web browser (eg Internet Explorer) to:

  • delete all cookies
  • block all cookies
  • allow all cookies
  • block third-party cookies
  • clear all cookies when you close the browser
  • open a 'private browsing' session
  • install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality
Browser Where to find information about controlling cookies
Internet Explorer http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835
Chrome https://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en-GB/more/privacy.html
Firefox http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Clear%20Recent%20History
Safari http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/5.0/en/9277.html
Opera http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/

Useful information

  • A number of websites provide detailed information on cookies, including AllAboutCookies.org and AllAboutCookies.org.uk.
  • The Internet Advertising Bureau website Your Online Choices allows you to install opt-out cookies across different advertising networks.
  • Google has developed a browser add-on to allow users to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites which use this popular analytics product.
  • New technologies such as Mozilla's Do Not Track allow you to tell websites not to track you.
  • Internet Explorer has a feature called Tracking Protection Lists which allows you to import a list of websites you want to block.