Last updated: 19/06/2020
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer or device when you visit a website and are used by all websites and have different functions. At a basic level cookies will:
- Allow the site to work properly, and help keep it secure.
- Help us understand how people use the website.
- Make the site easier to use by remembering information that you've entered,
- Improve your experience by showing you information that's relevant to you.
The cookies we use let our sites do the following:
eMag Cookie - Type: eMag Cookie Acceptance Cookie Name: AcceptCookies Description: This cookie is used to record if the user has accepted cookies from the site. It is retained for a period of 1 year.
ASP.NET Session Id - cookie name: ASP.NET_SessionId Description: This cookie is essential for the operation of the site. It is set by the .NET framework to record the users current session between page requests. It does not contain any personally identifiable information and is deleted when the user closes the browser.
Polls - Cookie Name: Poll[n] Description: This cookie records which polls have been voted on during a visit to the site. It records a value indicating an option was selected and does not record any personally identifiable data. The cookie is retained for a period of 2 months.
Types of Cookie
Session Cookies are temporary Cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site. This information is not stored after you have left the site.
Persistent Cookies remain in your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie but this may be indefinitely or until deleted).
Third party cookies
Third party cookies are cookies stored in your browser by third party websites which may be used to provide additional services to you via our website.
Third party sites
Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics is one such third party website which sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of websites. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitor’s use of the website and to compile statistical reports on site activity for us.
How to control and delete cookies
For more information on how to control and delete cookies, you may wish to visit About Cookies which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of web browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may cause our website to work incorrectly.
If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.
For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
How to disable cookies
You can stop cookies being downloaded on to your computer by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this site.
Contact ESOL@Bedford.gov.uk for any data controller contact issues or questions.
We will only store your information for the time that you are a subscriber to our website or newsletter. We do not use any of the information we collect from you for anything other than its intended use to carry out your request to make information available to you. We do not sell or share any information we collect from you with any 3rd parties for marketing or advertising purposes.
We follow accepted ISO standards to store and protect the personal data we collect, including the use of encryption, if appropriate.
All information you provide to us is stored on our secured servers within the UK.
We agree to take reasonable measures to protect your data in accordance with applicable laws.
In the event of a data breach, we shall ensure that our obligations under applicable data protection laws are complied with.