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Our Cookies

Why are you asking me to opt-in to cookies?

As from the 26 May 2011 it has been required for websites that are aimed at the UK and EU to follow the new cookies regulations.

There is a page that explains this directive and its purpose on the Information Commissioners Office website: Here>>>


 What is a cookie?

It is a file that is stored on your computer when you visit a website. Most websites use them and are generally harmless. When you revisit the website later or visit a different webpage a copy of the cookie file is sent to the website.

They can be used to store information and have many uses. With the most common being tracking, remembering your details or settings, and to keep you logged in to an account.

You can find out more information about cookies from the following websites:


What cookies do you have and why?

Here is the table of cookies I use on my site.

Cookie Name Purpose More Information
EC Cookie Directive Plugin ecd_opt_in This cookie confirms that the site visitor has opted-in to receive cookies Click here to read more about
the EU Cookie Directive Plugin
Settings wp-settings-3wp-settings-time-3 These cookies verify if you are logged in to the site or not. Click here to read more
information on the WordPress website
Comments comment_authorcomment_
When visitors comment on my site these cookies are purely for their a convenience so that they won’t need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment. These are set to expire a little under one year from the time they’re set. Click here to read more
information on the WordPress
Google Analytics __utma__utmb__utmc__utmv__utmz These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use my site. I use the information to compile reports and to help me improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of
visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
Click here for an overview
of privacy at Google


YouTube cookies

I embed videos from my YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page


Hey, there’s an unlisted cookie here! It wasn’t opt-in!

As my website uses a content management system and added third-party plugins it can sometimes be difficult for me to notice every single cookie being used, especially after software updates.

If you do notice a cookie that slips past me or have a question about cookies then please contact me.

There are also some essential cookies which are required for the website to work; these can only be blocked by changing your browser settings.


How can I disable or block cookies?

I recommend visiting your browser help section to find out how.


Third party cookies opt-out

Some cookies are used and provided by third-party sources, and while I might not use all of them, here are the main links you can use to opt-out should you wish.


Do not track me!

Do not track is an up and coming feature in web browsers which allows you to tell websites that you do not want to be tracked. While not all websites currently use this you can find out more how to set it up on your browser from the following websites.

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