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radialTech - EU Cookie Law Information

What is the EU Cookie Law?

The EU Cookie Law has been introduced to help website users better understand what information is being collected by websites. From the 26th of May 2012, all UK websites will need to request permission when placing certain kinds of cookies on a users’ device for the first time. A website should provide information on the type of cookies in use to enable a user to make an informed decision about whether they wish to consent.

What is a Cookie?

Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to the local device when visiting a website. They are a useful mechanism for enabling navigation within a website, keeping track of shopping basket items, remembering preferences and providing technical analytics for site usage. They are also used to capture information which can assist targeted marketing and advertising. On subsequent visits, cookies can be used to provide information to the originating site.

For the purposes of the EU Cookie Law, cookies have been categorised as four different types:

  • Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies

    Strictly necessary cookies are those essential to the functioning of a website. A strictly necessary cookie might be used to support accessing secure areas of a website, e-billing or shopping baskets.

    User consent it not required for Category 1 cookies.

  • Category 2: Performance Cookies

    Performance cookies capture site usage information. This does not include any information which can identify a visitor. Site usage information is used to provide analytics and metrics such as the number of visits to a website and which pages are most frequently accessed.

    This information is typically used to monitor performance and identify possible enhancements to a site.

    User consent is required for Category 2 cookies.

  • Category 3: Functionality Cookies

    Functionality cookies are used to remember user preferences for a site. These cookies cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. They are primarily used to capture user choices and inputs such as language preference, username, a default location (in the case of defaulting to the display of local weather, traffic, events etc).

    User consent is required for Category 3 cookies.

  • Category 4: Targeting or Advertising Cookies

    Targeting or advertising cookies are used to collect information about browsing habits. This can be used to target a user relevant advertising and marketing and also to support market research analytics around behavioural trends. They are also used to control and measure the frequency and effectiveness of targeted advertising. Targeting or advertising cookies are frequently third party cookies, which means that the site the cookie originates from, is not actually the site the user is currently viewing.

    User consent is required for Category 4 cookies.

Types of Cookies used by Radialtech

Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies

Radialtech makes use of Strictly Necessary cookies to support secured log in areas and navigation across the site. This primarily relates to those sites which are content managed.

Category 2: Performance Cookies

All Radialtech Ltd sites make use of Google Analytics to understand site usage, including which pages are visited and the number and frequency of visits. No personal data is captured and the analytics are used purely to understand areas for enhancements and overall usage of the site.

Further information on Google Analytics can be found at the following. Google also provide a browser add-on which can prevent your information from being sent to Google Analystics:

Cookies set by Google Analytics Link

Category 3: Functional Cookies

Radialtech Ltd uses a small number of functional cookies, for example, to remember username between sessions where the ‘remember username’ checkbox is selected.

Category 4: Targeting and Advertising Cookies

Radialtech Ltd does not use targeting or advertising cookies directly.

However, Radialtech sites use services provided by third parties such as ‘Like’ buttons, ‘Share’ buttons, Twitter streaming and Google Map functionality. Third parties provide these services in return for recognising that you have visited our website.

The third parties our websites integrate with are Google, Facebook and Twitter, which may install third party cookies. Radialtech Ltd does not have any control over the way that these websites use your data. You should read their respective privacy policies carefully to find out how these services collect and use your date.

Read the Facebook Privacy Policy
Read the Twitter Privcacy Policy