Cookie Policy

1. Introduction

1.1. Our website uses cookies.

1.2. By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.

1.3. This policy was last updated on 24th May 2018

2. About cookies

2.1. A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

2.2. Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

2.3. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

2.4. Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.

2.5. More information can be found at www.aboutcookies.org

3. Cookies that we use

3.1. We use cookies for the following purposes:
  1. Authentication; we use cookies to identify you when you visit our website and as you navigate our website, cookies used for this purpose are:
    PHPSESSID: Your session ID on the server.
  2. Personalisation; we use cookies, to store information about your preferences and to personalise the website for you, cookies used for this purpose are:
    contrast-style: Retain settings relating to the contrast accessibility options between page loads.
  3. Cookie consent; we use cookies to store your preferences in relation to the use of cookies more generally, cookies used for this purpose are:
    catAccCookies: Indicates acknowledgement of the cookie terms.

4. Cookies used by our service providers

4.1. Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

4.2. We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google's privacy policy is available at www.google.com/policies/privacy/. The relevant cookies are:
_ga: Used to distinguish users.
_gid: Used to distinguish users.
_gat: Used to throttle request rate.

5. Blocking & deleting cookies

5.1. Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:
  1. in Internet Explorer, you can delete and manage cookies by following instructions at support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
  2. in Firefox, you can delete and manage cookies by following instructions at support.mozilla.org/t5/Protect-your-privacy/Cookies-Information-that-websites-store-on-your-computer/ta-p/1483
  3. in Chrome, you can delete and manage cookies by following instructions at support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647
  4. in Opera, you can delete and manage cookies by following instructions at www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/privacy
  5. in Edge, you can delete and manage cookies by following instructions here at privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy

5.2. Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

5.3. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

6. Our details

6.1. This website is owned and operated by GMB Gloucestershire Branch.

6.2. Our principal place of business is at GMB Gloucestershire Branch, 36 Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1JJ.

6.3. You can contact us:
  1. by post, to the postal address given above;
  2. Using our website contact form;
  3. by telephone, on 01452 503739 or
  4. by email, at branch@gmbgloucester.org.uk

7. Data protection responsible individual

7.1. Our data protection responsible individual is our branch secretary, who may be contacted via any means detailed in section 6.3

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