This is the Cookie Policy for www.swansea2021.co.uk.

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on your computer by your web browser while you visit sites.

We use a number of different cookies on our site. If you are unsure what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then we recommend you visit http://www.aboutcookies.org for detailed guidance.

The following information describes the cookies we use on this site and what we use them for.

If you are not happy, then you can choose not to use this site, or you should delete cookies after having visited the site, or you should browse the site using your browser’s anonymous usage setting (called “Incognito” in Chrome, “InPrivate” for Internet Explorer, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari etc.)

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies may affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the site.

The Cookies We Use

Below is information on all of the cookies the Swansea 2021 website uses, and what each one is used for:

Email newsletters related cookies

This site offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.

Poll related cookies

From time to time we offer polls using the Opinion Poll plugin to provide you with interesting insights. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a poll and to provide you with accurate results after you submit your answers.

Form related cookies

When you submit data through a form such as those found on our contact pages, our Add your event page or comment forms, cookies may be set to remember your user details. This is to save you time filling in the form again during future correspondence.

Third Party Cookies

In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through using this site.

We use this to understand how the site is being used in order to improve the user experience. User data is all anonymous and we don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics 

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

_utma  -determines the number of unique visitors to the site and expires after 2 years
_utmb – this works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our site and expires after 30 minutes
_utmc  – this works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser and expires when you close your browser
_utmz – provides information about how you reached the site (eg from another website or a search engine) and expires after 6 months
ga_nextpage_params – stores data to be sent to Google on the next page you request and expireswhen you close your browser

More information on how to reject or delete these can be found at: http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html

Banner advertising
For our banner adverts we use a plugin called Adrotate which records data such as how many times an advert has been seen and how many times it has been clicked on. No identifiable data is recorded.

Email tracking
Some emails we track at an individual level to understand whether the user has opened and clicked on the email. We use this information to understand open and click rates on our emails to try and improve them.  If you want to be sure that none of your email activity is tracked then you should opt out of the council emails by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of one of these emails.

Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have followed these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Social buttons
On our pages you may see ‘social buttons’. These enable users to share or bookmark the web pages. There are buttons for: Twitter, Facebook ‘Like’ and others. In order to implement these buttons, and connect them to the relevant social networks and external sites, there are scripts from domains outside the Enjoy Swansea Bay website. You should be aware that these sites are likely to be collecting information about what you are doing all around the internet, including on this website.

If you click on any of these buttons, these sites will be registering that action and may use that information. In some cases these sites will be registering the fact that you are visiting Swansea Council, and the specific pages you are on, even if you don’t click on the button if you are logged into their services, like Google and Facebook. You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information.

External web services
We use a number of external web services on the Swansea 2021 site, mostly to display content within our web pages. For example, to display images we sometimes use Flickr, we embed content from Facebook and Twitter, utilise Google maps, and to show videos we may use Vimeo and YouTube. This is not an exhaustive or complete list of the services we use, or might use in the future when embedding content, but these are the most common.

As with the social buttons we cannot prevent these sites, or external domains, from collecting information on your usage of this embedded content. If you are not logged in to these external services then they will not know who you are but are likely to gather anonymous usage information e.g. number of views, plays, loads etc.

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