[Last updated: 23 July 2017]

Introduction

This is the Cookie Policy for the Breamish Valley website www.breamishvalley.com (the “Site”).

The term “BREAMISHVALLEY.COM” or “us” or “we” or “our” refers to the owner of the Site. The term “you” or “your” refers to the individual accessing, browsing or otherwise using the Site by any means and via whatever device and/or the individual submitting works and materials to us or the Site for storage or publication on, processing by, or transmission via, the Site.

Granting us permission to use cookies

When you first visit the Site (and every 1 day thereafter) a pop-up notification is displayed along the bottom of the home page. This notification informs you that “This site uses cookies”. You are then required to either “Accept” their use or “Read More” about their use. If you select “Read More” you will be directed to this Cookie Policy page.

If the settings on the software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are set to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of the Site, to mean that you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from the Site you can learn how to do this below. However, doing so will likely mean that the Site will not work as you would expect.

Cookies and how they benefit you

The Site uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed in the browser of the device you are using to access a website when you access that website.

Our cookies help us:

  • make the Site work as you would expect;
  • remember your settings during and between visits;
  • offer you free services/content (thanks to advertising);
  • improve the speed/security of the site;
  • allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook;
  • continuously improve the Site for you; and
  • make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do).

We do not use cookies to:

  • collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission);
  • collect any sensitive information (without your express permission);
  • pass personally identifiable data to third parties; or
  • pay sales commissions.

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.

Website function cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make the Site work, including:

  • remembering your search settings; and
  • allowing you to add comments to the Site.

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use the Site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • videos (powered by YouTube and Vimeo);
  • presentation slides (powered by SlideShare);
  • Google Maps; and
  • other embedded content.

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties.

Social website cookies

So that you can easily ‘Like’ or share our content on websites such as Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on the Site.

Cookies are set by:

  • Facebook;
  • Twitter; and
  • Pinterest.

The privacy implications of this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous visitor statistics cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited the Site, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows, which helps to identify when the Site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at, and similar. This helps us to continuously improve the Site. These so-called ‘analytics’ programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before, helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

We may use:

  • Google Analytics – if you wish, you can opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics (we would prefer that you didn’t though, as this data is very helpful to us in improving the Site); and
  • Jetpack – a site design, traffic and security tool offered by Automatic on behalf of WordPress.com.

Advertising cookies

Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither us, advertisers or our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies. We only work with advertising partners who work to accepted privacy standards such as EASA (revised) Best Practice Recommendation on Online Behavioural Advertising (2016).

You can learn more about online advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com. You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/ although we would prefer that you didn’t, as ultimately adverts help keep much of the internet free. It is also worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won’t see adverts, just simply that they won’t be tailored to you any longer.

We use:

  • DoubleClick (owned by Google);
  • Atlas Solutions; and
  • Mookie1.

Banner adverts

We partly fund the Site by showing adverts as you browse the Site. These adverts are usually managed by a partner specialising in providing adverts for multiple sites. Invariably these partners place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visit so they can personalise the adverts to you, ensure that you don’t see the same adverts too frequently and ultimately report to advertisers on which adverts are working. Our partners include:

  • Google AdSense.

Turning cookies off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). However, doing so will likely limit the functionality of the Site and a large proportion of the world’s websites, as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

It may be that your concerns about cookies relate to so-called ‘spyware’. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing.

Our details

The Site is owned and operated by Graham Williamson.

You can contact us:

(a) by post, using the postal address 3 Crawley Dene, Powburn, Northumberland NE66 4HA;

(b) using the Site’s contact form at http://www.breamishvalley.com/contact-us/.