Privacy and cookies

Privacy and cookies

This website uses cookies, and by visiting and browsing our website you are providing ‘implied consent’ for us to use them.

What are cookies, anyway?

They’ve had a bit of a bad reputation over the years but can actually be quite useful. In May of 2012 the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) implemented legislation requiring site owners like us to explain the use of cookies in an effort to be transparent with our website visitors - and also to help educate people everywhere on the benefits of cookies.

BBC WebWise explains cookies very nicely:

When you visit a site that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your PC. The next time you visit that site, your PC checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant (that is, one containing the site name) and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the site. The site then ’knows’ that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. For instance, it can be helpful to vary content according to whether this is your first ever visit to a site – or your 71st. Some cookies are more sophisticated. They might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes. They can also be used to store data on what is in your ’shopping cart’, adding items as you click. The possibilities are endless, and generally the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother - for no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder.

BBC WebWise also explains how mis-use of cookies in the past has led to their advantages being buried beneath the perception of being ‘sneaky’. Do have a read!

Cookies on this website

When you visit the Together We're Better website a cookie is stored which helps us to collect information to help us monitor and improve the usage of our website, and the strategic development of our content and services. Cookies do contain a unique identification number, but they cannot personally identify you in any way.

We will only use the information that we collect lawfully and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Here is a list of the cookies we use on our website, and the purpose of each:

[session id] - A unique identifier. Used to log in. Set on any page when a visitor arrives.

[secure session id] - A unique identifier. Used to log in. Set on any secure page when a visitor arrives.

has_js - A number. Allows the server to know if it can depend upon javascript. Set to "1" if user has javascript enabled by whichever page a visitor arrives on.

Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight - A number. Remembers the user's display preferences.

How to delete cookies and browse the web without cookies enabled

After you visit our website you can remove the cookie from your computer. How this is done depends on which browser you use. Visit the About Cookies website to find instructions for removing cookies your browser.

You can also browse the web without cookies enabled - though you may find that your experience of using a website isn’t quite as good:

  • Firefox & Safari: enable ‘Private Browsing’ (you can enable this for iPhone and iPad also)
  • Chrome: Open an ‘Incognito’ window (you can also enable this on Android devices)
  • Internet Explorer: enable ‘InPrivate’ browsing

Learn more about cookies

Contact us

Together We're Better is committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors. If you have any questions or requests concerning your personal information, cookies or privacy please contact info@togetherwerebetter.org.uk

You can also ring us or write to us using the details below:

+44 (0)117 9428 7111

Together We're Better

c/o Sift Digital, The Quorum, Bond Street, Bristol BS1 3AE