What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
Cookies serve many functions. For example, they can:
- help us to remember your username and preferences;
- analyse how well our website is performing; and
- certain cookies may record personal information – for example, if you click “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username.
Most cookies will not collect information that identifies you personally, and will instead allow us to collect more general information such as how users arrive at, and use, our websites.
We use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the categories above. For example, like many companies, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic.
If you click on a hyperlink from our website to any third party websites (e.g. if you ‘share’ content from the Epsom RDA website with friends or colleagues through social networks), you may be sent cookies from these third party websites. Third party websites have their own privacy and cookie policies which Epsom RDA cannot control. Please check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
Epsom RDA does not use third party cookies to target advertising.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Can a website user block cookies?
As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites. However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions on www.aboutcookies.org. Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly
Do we track whether users open our emails?
Our emails may contain a single, campaign-unique “web beacon pixel” to tell us whether our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links or advertisements within the email. We may use this information for purposes including determining which of our emails are more interesting to users, to query whether users who do not open our emails wish to continue receiving them. The pixel will be deleted when you delete the email. If you do not wish the pixel to be downloaded to your device, you should select to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML.
Official guidance is available on the ICO website.
Information about controlling cookies within your web browser: