Privacy Policy

Concerning the Data Protection Act 2003

Information that you volunteer to the Brandlesholme Residents' Association is handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2003, the principles of which are that personal information should be:

1.    fairly and lawfully processed
2.    processed for limited purposes
3.    adequate, relevant and not excessive
4.    accurate
5.    not kept longer than necessary
6.    processed in accordance with the data subjects’ rights
7.    secure
8.    not transferred to countries outside the EEA without adequate protection

Protecting your Privacy

Information that you volunteer is processed and stored solely for the purposes of:

 1.   Administration
 2.   Public relations
 3.   Accounts and records
 4.   Communications between the Association and you

Under the Data Protection Act you are entitled to a copy of any information held about you.

Confidentiality

Data will be made available only to authorised personnel within the Association who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information and will not be given to other parties except as may be required by law.

Cookies In Use on This Site

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as do almost all websites, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are retained in your internet browser for a length of time when you browse websites. A cookie is given an expiry time by the application that sets the cookie. Some applications set permanent cookies to identify your computer on repeat visits and can enable other data you may provide either wittingly or unwittingly to be linked to the same computer. The Association does not set permanent cookies nor marketing software on your computer but does set an ephemeral cookie to enable use of parts of this site during a visit or “session”.

Our cookies help us:

1.   Make our website work as you'd expect 
2.   Remember your settings during and between visits
3.   Offer you free services as a member of the Association
4.   Improve the speed/security of the site

We do not use cookies to:

1.   Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
2.   Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
3.   Pass personally identifiable data to third parties

Our Website Function Cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

1.   Determining if you are logged in or not to our Members’ Area
2.   Remembering your search settings
3.   Remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions
4.   Allowing you to use our Contacts Page on our site
5.   Compile visitor statistics to evaluate our web site use

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Turning off Cookies

Many people concerned about online security worry about cookies, but the truth is, it’s not the cookies that are the issue. Cookies are not executable – that means they don’t run programs – so they can’t carry viruses or change how your computer works. They are just tiny files that store information to make your site browsing experience better. This includes information about your preferences on particular sites, the details you need to login or comment and so on.

The real problems for internet users are not cookies, but spyware, viruses and, for some, invasive advertising and marketing.

Spyware can harvest sensitive information about your internet use, such as passwords. Viruses can harm your computer by running malicious programs and ads – what they do is well known. The truth is that blocking cookies WON’T protect you from the effects of spyware and viruses, but WILL break websites, so blocking all cookies isn’t a great idea. A better option for making web surfing both safe and user friendly is to use anti-spyware and anti-virus software.

There are literally dozens of these programs (from manufacturers such as Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, Kaspersky and more) which can:

1.   remove adware
2.   identify potential spammers and malicious software based on a list
3.   detect spyware and malware
4.   detect and remove viruses

These programs will identify and eliminate threats to your privacy, whether they use cookies or not. Most of them work by scanning your system, identifying potential problems and quarantining or deleting spyware, malware and adware. You can schedule regular scans and there are regular software updates to ensure that you are protected as new viruses are invented.

Should you still wish to remove or not use cookies, you may do so by configuring your browser settings: however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect. This will be also true for a large proportion of the world’s websites.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you consent to this website’s use of cookies. 

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