Is this GDPR or PECR?
The original EU legislation that became known as the "E-Privacy Directive" was published in 2003 and implemented as European Directive - 2002/58/EC then amended by Directive 2009/136/EC that included a requirement to seek consent for cookies and similar technologies. The EU Directive entered UK law on 26th May 2011 as "The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011" often refered to as PECR - and this is still in force today. PECR sits alongside the more widely known legistration GDPR - both are regulated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) www.ico.gov.uk .
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, we may use them to analyse how well our website is performing or to recommend content to you. Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.
What sort of cookies does Merchiston Solicitors use?
Generally, our cookies perform two different functions:
1. Performance Cookies
We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our website and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
2. Functionality Cookies
We use functionality cookies to allow us to track which pages are being shared by users of our website, and who is sharing them. Merchiston Solicitors do not use targeted behavioural advertising cookies.
We use some third party cookies from providers such as Google or Share. This to gather information about how our site is used. Full details of cookies used on the site are below.
Can a website user block cookies?
However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please refer to the settings of your internet browser. Please note that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly.