A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device.
On 26 May 2012, European law relating to use of web cookies came into force in the UK that affected most web sites. The rules on cookies are covered by The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.
The European Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) came into force on May 25th, 2018 in all EU member states to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe.
The ICO is responsible for enforcing these rules.
There are broadly four types of cookies that might be stored on your device when visiting our website.
Some cookies are retained in your browser only if you visit our website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.
These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website or save your preferences.
These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
We use Google Analytics Cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for specific technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These cookies also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before.
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These cookies are used to assist with delivering tailored online advertising on other websites. For example, you could see an ad on other websites based on what you've viewed on myaccount.renfrewshire.gov.uk.
We don't use any tracking pixels and advertising/remarketing cookies on myaccount.renfrewshire.gov.uk.
Third-party cookies are not set directly by our website, but in certain circumstances may be initiated by third-party service providers. Renfrewshire Council does not control the dissemination of these cookies on myaccount.renfrewshire.gov.uk.
We provide access to content and sharing options from social media and networking websites, such as AddThis, YouTube, Twitter and others, which may set cookies that the council does not control. Please check with these third-party websites to see how your information is used.
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