The Regulations apply to cookies and to similar technologies for storing information. This could include, for example, Local Shared Objects (commonly referred to as “Flash Cookies”), web beacons or bugs (including transparent or clear gifs).
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device. For more information see: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session (from when a user opens the browser window to when they exit the browser) or they can be stored for longer.
The Regulations apply to several types of cookies:
The Regulations state that consent for a cookie should be obtained from the user. The user is the person using the computer or other device to access a website.
The DPA defines ‘the data subject’s consent’ as: ‘any freely given specific and informed indication of his wishes by which the data subject signifies his agreement to personal data relating to him being. processed’.
Consent must involve some form of communication where the individual knowingly indicates their acceptance. This may involve clicking an icon, sending an email or subscribing to a service. The crucial consideration is that the individual must fully understand that by the action in question they will be giving consent.
There is an exception to the requirement to provide information about cookies and obtain consent where the use of the cookie is:
By law, The Golden Lounge must:
These cookies do not give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than what you choose to share.
When you use our website for the first time, or 30 days after your last visit you will find a permissions bar appear. You can either accept using cookies or you can stop us using cookies. Either way you can browse our website.
You can set your browser not to accept cookies. Visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ to find out more.