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Use Of Cookies Within The Dartford Borough Council Website

"Cookies" are small files left behind on your computer when you visit a website. When you return to a website, the browser sends this file to the website's server. This allows the site to recognise who you are and perform certain tasks like: keeping you logged-in to a secure area of the site or personalising webpages to you. They also allow websites to more accurately track your browsing behaviour for statistical analysis.

Because of the privacy concerns that cookies may raise, many users choose to limit how they are stored on their machine. Below is an explanation of how Dartford Borough Council use cookies and advice for taking control of how they are stored on your machine.


Controlling How Cookies Are Stored On Your Computer

To find out more about cookies, including how to control and delete them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites. Should you wish to disable cookies, however, you can find out how at: www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies.

On 26 May 2011, the amended Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations came into force, covering electronic marketing such as emails, faxes and text messages. Read a summary of the new rules and what they mean for individuals

 

How Does The Dartford Borough Council Website Use Cookies?

Collecting statistical information about visitor behaviour patterns
Whenever anyone visits our website we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out the number of visitors to the various parts of the council's websites. We collect this information in a way that does not identify anyone. We make no attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

We use Google Analytics to help analyse use of our website. This analytical tool uses cookies to collect standard web log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. 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 visitors' use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for Dartford Council.

Dartford Council will not (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any information that personally identifies visitors to our site. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of the Google statistical analytics tool. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither Dartford Council nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user.

 

To Find Out More About Google Analytics, Visit: www.google.co.uk/analytics.

If you wish to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.