What are cookies
Cookies are small files that get put on your computer by websites as you surf them. These cookies can store lots of information which can have privacy implications. We like to think all the cookies used on this site are fairly innocuous but that’s for you to judge.
Anonymous tracking software
We use Google Analytics (just like virtually everybody else) a service provided by Google. They gather anonymous data of how people are using this site and then provide us with visitor statistics, details of page views etc etc. You can think of it as being a bit like CCTV but one that automatically blurs your face so we can see what people have done, but not who they are. If you are anti-Google you can opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics at: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
(we’d prefer you didn’t though as this data is seriously helpful to us in improving our website)
Pretty-much-anonymous tracking software
There are so many great free toys you can add to websites these days and rarely can we resist – anything from Twitter buttons to software that power’s blog comments. Collectively they make our website more interesting to you as a site visitor (and hopefully beloved customer). Sadly most of these come with cookies – that’s the “price of free”. So hand’s up, there are more third parties tracking data on this site than we would like and each of them are setting cookies as you surf this site. They may include sites like:
We are working hard to understand what they all do but we are pretty confident that they all collect data anonymously unless you are already logged into their service. They probably just collect details of pages visited, anonymise it, aggregate it with several thousand or million others people’s anonymous data and then look at pretty graphs. In many cases the cookies are used to generate identical information to Google Analytics (see above) and indeed use Google Analytics, so opting-out of Google Analytics will also opt you out of these cookies too. We are working to find out more about each of the cookies used.
If you have any views on the cookies we are using, we would welcome your input! You can contact us here
Don’t want any cookies ever?
While we’d love to offer a cookie-free version of our site we are a small organisation and simply don’t have the resources to provide and maintain one. You can remove any cookies we have already put on your machine within your browser settings – pressing Ctrl+Shift+Delete may work in many cases.
If you opted-out and now, having read this, wish to allow our cookies then please go to the preferences in your browser and click to allow Friends of Friar Gate Bridge to place cookies in your browser.
Thank you for your patience.