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A cookie is a small text file placed on your computer, in this
case by the Medway Council website, www.medway.gov.uk.
The law relating to cookies has recently changed. The Information Commissioner's Office has
issued guidance on the changes and Medway Council has updated its
websites but also that of third party sites and products that we
use. To the best of our knowledge cookies are only used on our
websites to enhance the user experience, to enable specific
features to function and to enable us to gather statistics about
the way users navigate our websites to inform
The table below explains some of the cookies we use and
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|These cookies are used to collect information about how
visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports
and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in
an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site,
where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they
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To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all
websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
||This cookie holds the font size setting selected for the life
of the session - so if you close the browser the font-size is
reset and there is no trace of the cookie.
|Session cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing
session and are deleted from the user's device when the browser is
closed. They enable the website you are visiting to keep track of
your movement from page to page so you don't get asked for the same
|This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed
period (usually a year or longer) and is not deleted when the
browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to
know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example,
we use this type of cookie to store your preferences, so that they
are remembered for the next visit.
If you would like any further information about cookies and what
we're doing to comply with the 2011 legislation please email
In the meantime, most web browsers allow you to control the use
of cookies on your computer and to delete any cookies already
installed. You can find out through the following external link how
to manage your
Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future
cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of
Medway Council values your right to personal privacy and is
committed to protecting your privacy online. The council, at all
times, endeavours to be open about why it collects, holds and uses
any personal information or data submitted via its website by which
you can be identified (ie name, address, email) in accordance with
the provisions of the Data
Protection Act 1998. This ensures that the information is
collected fairly and lawfully, is accurate, adequate, up to date
and not held any longer than necessary.
It will not be used by the council for any other reason other than
for the original purpose for which it is being collected, for
example, in regards to an online query or transactional service or
in order to improve our services. The council will not sell,
trade or rent your information to other third parties. The council
may pass their details on to third party service providers who are
contracted to Medway Council in the course of dealing with their
request. These third parties are obliged to keep their details
securely, will use them only to fulfil the request and will dispose
of the details when the request is complete.
If you are a user with general public and anonymous access, the
Medway Council website does not store or capture (unless otherwise
stated) personal information but merely logs your IP address
that is automatically recognised by the web server.
It must be noted that sending an email or submitting
information online cannot be made totally secure and, despite
the council using all reasonable endeavours to protect personal
data and/or information, the council cannot warrant any degree of
Securing your data
All web systems used by the council which require the transfer
of sensitive personal data such as payment card details have been
placed in a secure environment.
Our security arrangements offer a minimum of 128bit SSL
encryption and you can check that the site is secure by
checking that there is an 'https://' in the address bar.
This privacy statement only covers the Medway Council website at
www.medway.gov.uk. This statement does not cover links within this
site to other websites.
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