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Cookie Policy

What are Cookies?


A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what's in your shopping basket.

On the 26th May 2011 the EU Cookie Directive became law. The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) gave UK websites 12 months to comply with the new Directive.

Why do we need these rules?

The EU Directive is intended to protect the privacy of internet users - even where the information being collected about them is not directly personally identifiable. The changes to the Directive in 2009 were prompted in part by concerns about online tracking of individuals and the use of spyware. The rules are not designed to restrict the use of particular technologies but rather they are intended to prevent information being stored on people's computers and used to recognise them via the device they are using, without their knowledge and agreement.
The Information Commissioner has ruled that implied consent is a valid form of consent. Please read this page carefully to see if you are happy to continue to use Essex Walks with cookies. If you are not, you can switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here).

cookie law
There is a view that the European Union have introduced a pointless piece of bureacracy which will only creates overheads for websites, annoy most users with tiresome pop-ups, while failing to prevent the real potential threat to privacy from the big social media sites. Further announcements by ICO have confirmed that it is no longer neccessary to gain 'explicit consent' from users to enable you to use cookies, instead 'implicit consent' is acceptable.

What Cookies are we using on Essex Walks?

Essential Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and assist with the functionality of the website. They are used to draw routes on the interactive maps. Visitors can set their browser to block or alert them about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
Cookies used: mapid, minx, miny, maxy, maxx, gmapstyle. These expire when you close your browser.

Third Party Cookies
These cookies are used by tools or functions supplied by third parties that are embedded on this website.

Third Party Cookie Cookie Expiry What It Does
PREF1 year
Used by Google applications to store user preference information
NID1 month
Unique identifiers given to each computer to allow tracking of YouTube video views. Data is only used in aggregate.
PREF10 years
BIGipServerprod_as101202_http_pool1 hour
Ordnance Survey Openspace Map cookie to balance loads on their servers.
WT_FPC2 years uses this to track usage of the Weather Widget.
Met Office Privacy Policy
ACOOKIE2 years uses to track usage of the Weather Widget.
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