What is a cookie
A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (eg a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions. Cookies are used by virtually all modern websites.
Users must be given the option to consent or refuse to accept cookies. Cookies must be deactivated until that consent is given. The exception is for cookies considered Strictly Necessary, such as cookies that are set when a user logs into a site and that are required to ‘remember’ this fact.
The only way to fully comply with the new GDPR restrictions on cookies is to set up a ‘granular’ cookie consent bar. This enables users to refuse certain types of cookie – for example analytics cookies or marketing cookies.
GDPR demands that specific document is provided, detailing which cookies are set by your site, and what they do.
Our GDPR-compliant cookie consent package includes three key components:
- GDPR compliant cookie consent function to allow the visitor to choose which types of cookies are set, in compliance with GDPR regulations.
- SSL certificate installed and configured for your site.
Read about our GDPR-compliant packages here
- Your name (or business name), location, and contact information;
- What information you’re collecting from them (including names, email addresses, IP addresses, and any other information);
- How you’re collecting their information, and what you’re going to use it for;
- How you’re keeping their information safe;
- Whether or not it’s optional for them to share that information, how they can opt-out and the consequences of doing so;
- Any third-party services you’re using to collect, process, or store that information (such as an email newsletter service, or advertising network).
- Who is collecting the data?
- What data is being collected?
- What is the legal basis for processing the data?
- Will the data be shared with any third parties?
- How will the information be used?
- How long will the data be stored for?
- What rights does the data subject have?
- How can the data subject raise a complaint?
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You can read more on the ICO website:
You’ve probably seen and heard lots about the new GDPR legislation which came in a few weeks ago, but might not know exactly what it means you have to do to ensure your website is compliant after 25th May.
All our websites come with a page ready for you to add your policy to, linked into the site footer so users can easily find it.
Read more about privacy policies here.
You might think your site doesn’t set cookies. However, cookies are an essential part of the functioning of all modern websites. For example, any site that you log into to make changes sets cookies to enable you to do this. So virtually all websites set cookies, including yours.
GDPR places new restrictions on cookies, as detailed here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/cookies-and-similar-technologies/
To clarify this, you are obliged to:
- tell people the cookies are there
- explain what the cookies are doing and why; and
- get the person’s consent to store a cookie on their device
- consent must be freely given, specific and informed
- users should be able to disable cookies, and you should make this easy to do
There is an exception if the cookie is ‘strictly necessary’
Read more about making your website GDPR cookie-compliant here.
I realise this is a lot to take on. GDPR has resulted in a massive bureaucratic burden. We are here to take control of GDPR compliance for you and reduce any worries you may have.
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Yes, it’s that time of the year again. You need to publish the following information no later than 1 July in the year immediately following the accounting year to which it relates:
More details are available on pages 6-9 of this document: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/388541/Transparency_Code_for_Smaller_Authorities.pdf
The toolkit provides a number of practical tools to assist local councils with GDPR compliance, including an action plan checklist and a data audit questionnaire, as well as templates for privacy notices and consent forms.
Visit https://www.nalc.gov.uk/news/entry/959-nalc-launches-new-toolkit-on for more information.
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We are getting very close to welcoming our 100th local council customer and would like to celebrate by offering a free website to whoever signs up as our 100th member. The site will be designed and set up with all your content, all you will need to pay is ongoing hosting costs.
Get a quote now – the 100th person to sign-up for a website will win it!
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To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is mention the competition when requesting or accepting a quote from us (it doesn’t matter if we sent you a quote before the competition was announced – the winner of the competition will be the 100th council to return the signed contract to us).
The winner will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Why You Need to Care About GDPR
Every time you collect an email address, a name, home address or phone number, you are obtaining someone’s personal data. If any of those people are citizens of the European Union, you must adhere to the new rules. But don’t stress! We’ll explain the basics and provide some tips to help you transition.
The GDPR was developed to modernize the current EU data protection laws with a stronger focus on an individual’s rights and privacy. While some of the legislation is stricter and the penalties for non-compliance are tougher, the ultimate goal is to improve trust in the digital ecosystem.
To that end, EU citizens will have several new rights to help them take more control of their own data. Here are the most important user rights that apply to local councils:
- Right to be forgotten gives someone the power to ask a company to delete ALL of the data that is associated with that person. If a user makes a request, you must delete all the data stored in your databases and anything else associated with the user.
- Right of access allows your parishioners to ask exactly how you are using their data and for what purposes. If a request is made, you’ll need to provide a personal data report at no cost to them.
- Breach Notification is mandatory under the GDPR, which means you have 72 hours from becoming aware of the breach to notify parishioners.
- Right of portability lets people request their data, which means you would need to download a file of all their data in a ‘commonly used and machine-readable format’.
Now that each individual has the power to request or delete their data, you need to think about what data you really need and what data you can live without. The more data you collect, the more documentation and management is required to quickly address a data request.
A responsive website is one that adjusts to different screen sizes, whether someone is viewing it on a phone, tablet or desktop pc.
How can you tell if your site is responsive?
Simple, either view it on a mobile phone or if you are looking at it on your computer, just drag the edge of the browser to make it narrower and watch how the site responds. If you find that the site stays the same but just get smaller you are not offering your users a good browsing experience as it is difficult to read the text. A good design will re-flow – the different elements will rearrange themselves so that the content is easy to read at different screen sizes.
Alternatively, visit Google and enter the URL (web address) of your site: https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly
This is important for a number of reasons:
- Nowadays, more people browse the web using their phone than using a traditional pc.
- Sites that are not responsive can be hard to read on smaller screens or can result in the user having to scroll sideways to view the full page content.
- Google prioritises sites that offer a good mobile experience – this means you site will rank higher in search results.
How can we help?
All our sites are designed to be fully responsive as standard. Let us set you up a new modern website.
The annual parish meeting is not a parish council meeting. The months when the meeting must be held and the starting time of the meeting are defined by law.
The annual parish meeting must be held between 1st March and 1st June (inclusive). The date must be decided by the parish council – not by the chairman or clerk.
The annual parish meeting may not start before 6pm (LG 1972 s 14 (4)).