Holy Island Parish Council - General Data Protection Regulation

Cookies are minute data-files that can be downloaded to your computer from the website that you are viewing and can then be gathered and analysed for whatever purpose that website chooses. example: facebook©, google©, bing©, yahoo©, Instagram© etc.

Cookies can be used to 'improve' or 'personalise' your experience when visiting websites. They can be used by the website-owner to 'learn' and perhaps 'collect' your preferences to improve their marketing techniques. The website might claim scrupulous reasons for using cookies - or not.

Europe is now covered by the world's strongest data protection rules. The mutually agreed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on May 25, 2018. It was designed to modernise laws that protect the personal information of individuals.

This page describes what cookies we use on our websites, information they gather, permanent retention and our purpose in using them. Later in this article we indicate how you can prevent cookies from being stored on your computer system.

How this website uses cookies

We use a cookie to set a notice-panel at the top of our home page in case viewers wish to visit this current webpage. The setting of this cookie then inhibits the notice from being displayed again during their current visit enabling the entire website to be viewed without further interruption.

Should you choose to use our contact form, to reduce the possibility of spam and phishing, we initially verify that your current IP address has not been previously retained in connection to being used for such purposes. In no issue arises than the cookie is not retained - otherwise the message is barred.

Whilst our website does not use any other cookies, like others, it uses an Internet Services Provider (ISP) to maintain its online presence. So far as we are aware our ISP does not use cookies but simply records the usage of our website in terms of hits, IPs and their nationalities, visitor numbers and the amount of data viewed. Like other websites, for Search Engine Optimisation we include search engine links and in good faith rely on their integrity example: Google.

Third party cookies

Our website contains links to websites who, in turn, are responsible for advising on their own GDPR policies - if required.

Disabling cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies can affect the functionality of other websites that you visit. For the websites you visit, it may also downgrade or disable certain elements of its appearance and functionality.

Personal Data

E-Mails This site, in addition to using the normal interactive email service to communicate with us and our customers, also provides the user with facility to use our webmail forms for the same purpose. These forms require the user to input sufficient contact details to enable transmission and illicit a response. To help comply with international security standards, the user is provided with and at the point of sending can only 'send' by inputting our system-provided password.

Please contact the Holy Island Parish Council in the event matters arising which are in contradiction of the above.


Clerk to the Council