Changes to website 'cookies'

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16 May 2012

What are cookies?

'Cookies’ are small text files downloaded on a user’s computer when they access a website. These cookies allow websites to recognise a user’s machine and ‘predict’ or ‘remember’ information such as common preferences or passwords for example. Cookies do not identify people, just the computer or device being used.

How does Burges Salmon use cookies?

Like most organisations, Burges Salmon has always used cookies to maintain and improve this website. We do this through Google Analytics which allows us to track statistical information about users' browsing actions and patterns. This can help us to make ongoing changes which will enhance the user experience over time.

However, it’s important to note that Google Analytic Cookies do not track personal data, they simply help us to get a snapshot of visitor information such as time of day, frequency of visit or whether that user found the site via a search engine, for example.

What is changing?

From 26 May 2012, following guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on the implementation of the amended Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, all websites hosted in the UK are required to seek consent from website users before any cookies are downloaded. Most websites will do this using an on-screen pop-up window or separate tick box facility.

What changes will be made to the Burges Salmon website?

You will see a new message in the footer of our website pages. It will give you the option to choose ‘Accept’ or ‘Decline’ in response to our request to continue to download cookies from your computer. It is important to note that if you do not express a preference, yet continue to use the website, we will assume consent. Any cookies you accept can be deleted from your computer at a later date if you wish to.

We hope that our website users will find this process straightforward, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email us at marketing@burges-salmon.com. You can also find further information on the ICO website.

How can we help other organisations?

Burges Salmon can advise other organisations on their own changes relating to cookie usage and website policy. If you would like further advice in respect of the new Regulations, or to discuss data protection compliance generally, please contact Andrew Dunlop from our IP and Data Protection teams.

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