A2A Clients Cookies Policy

This page attempts to explain cookies and should be referred to by any A2A client for whom we have designed the site.

We would warn our customers against sales calls worrying you that your site is not compliant etc, we can't see why virtually all the s.m.e websites that A2A produce would fall foul of the law.

BBC news May 2012

"Fines for non-compliance were unlikely to be levied, he said, because there was little risk that a non-compliant site would cause a serious breach of data protection laws that was likely to cause substantial damage and distress to a user" Dave Evans Group Manager ICO

At A2A we take the view that cookies used on our brochure websites are so minimally intrusive as to cause no concern to any visitor to a site, there are no "supercookies" on our servers, merely a stats program that provides some information such as visitor numbers, hits, page views etc, Standard stats and not "google analytics", only a few A2A customers use them.

We consider that A2A brochure website customers use cookies in a way which we consider as already compliant with the new directive; they’re session cookies which disappear when the browser is closed, they’re essential to provide the service requested by the user” and they’re minimally intrusive in terms of privacy.
 
Should anyone wish to complain about A2A cookies on any website designed by ourselves please contact andrew@a2a.co.uk or tel: 015395 64486

Cookies are used for stats on A2A brochure sites

Google analytics cookies are minimally intrusive and although you should ask for acceptance, it is unsure what, if anything would happen if you didn't but...

the use of Google Analytics. ‘It is technically a first-party cookie if you are using Google Analytics,

If you explain your cookies and say ‘here’s the tool Google’s got and where to find it’

for example - if you are using Google Analytics, you could add the below to your site

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Our Google Analytics Policy

We use Google Analytics, a popular web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics uses cookies to help us to analyse how users use the site. It counts the number of visitors and tells us things about their behaviour overall – such as the typical length of stay on the site or the average number of pages a user views.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google undertakes not to associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. See Google Privacy Policy

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Otherwise A2A customers could add the following - below

or link to this page

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Further Information on Cookies

digital.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

How we use Cookies on this site
Our websites use a technology known as cookies to store small amounts of data on our visitors’ computers or devices. Cookies are small pieces of text data that can be placed on a visitor’s computer, normally to provide enhanced functionality and/or improved relevancy of information. For more information about cookies, visit http://www.aboutcookies.org.

Cookie Audit
In order to work towards compliance with the Privacy and Electronic (EC Directive) Regulations, we are currently auditing our use of cookies and will publish further information here in due course.

Cookie Consent
The law now requires that we are required to ask visitors to consent to the acceptance of certain types of cookies from this site. We are investigating how to effectively implement this in order to move towards compliance with the Regulations whilst ensuring that our website remains accessible and easy to use

Summary
We believe there is no reason for any concern over any of the cookies used on our websites; however certain users may have privacy concerns or consider some cookies to be intrusive. Below we outline what cookies we use and why, to help you make an informed choice.

First-party cookies
These are cookies set by ourselves or the software running on our website. Some of these are to gain insight into how visitors arrive at our site, and which pages they view, to help us monitor and improve the service. Others are essential for operation of certain parts of the website and may only last for the duration of your browser session.

We have listed first-party cookies below, along with their purpose and expiry period.

Mobile preferences:
Name: mCookie, mobile, desktop
Purpose: Used to distinguish whether you prefer to browse the mobile or desktop versions of our website.
Expires: mCookie - at the end of your session (when you close your browser); mobile, desktop - after 30 days.

Google Analytics:
Name: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, __utmv
Purpose: If you use Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors find and use our website. This helps us to continue to improve the site.
Expires:
__utma: 2 years
__utmb: 30 minutes
__utmc: at end of session (when you close your browser)
__utmv: 2 years
__utmZ: 2 years

View the Google Analytics Privacy Overview, (including how to opt out if you wish).

Third-party cookies
Some of the functionality of the site uses third-party plugins, for example social media buttons (Facebook, Twitter etc.), or Google Maps. These may use cookies created by such a third-party service and although we have chosen to integrate the services with our website, we do not have control over the cookies set by these services.

We use these services as a convenience to our visitors and on the basis that the providing party adheres to their privacy and/or data use policies. (See Further Information below).

Because they are outside our control, the detail of these cookies may change, so we have listed some information and links about the respective third parties to help you find out more. The actual cookies may also vary depending whether you are logged into those social media sites when browsing our website.

Facebook 'Like' Button:
We use this on our News articles to let people easily promote news to their friends.
View the Facebook Privacy Policy.

Twitter 'Tweet' Button:
We use this on our News articles to let people easily promote news to their friends.
View the Twitter Privacy Policy.

Google +1 Button:
We use this to let people easily promote news to their friends.
View the Google Privacy Policy.

YouTube:
Some of our pages contain embedded YouTube videos. YouTube is owned by Google.
View the Google Privacy Policy.

Third-party Advertising
Sites may feature advertising from third-party suppliers. These may use cookies which our clients do not control. Some of these cookies are used to display relevant adverts as you move between different websites across the internet. You can control certain behavioural settings of many of these advertisers (not just for our site) by visiting www.youronlinechoices.com.

Controlling and Blocking Cookies
We do not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to block cookies from this website (or any other), you can do so by modifying your browser settings. Your browser’s Help function should advise you on how to do this. If you would like more information on how to do this for your specific browser, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.

If you use your browser settings to block all cookies, then you may not be able to access certain parts of our sites.