Last updated: Monday, 16th November 2020

When users enter Ivy Cottage’s website their computers will automatically be issued with "cookies". Cookies are text files which identify users’ computers to Ivy Cottage’s server. The website then creates "session" cookies to store some of the preferences of users moving around the website, eg retaining a low graphics text-only preference.

Cookies in themselves do not identify individual users but identify only the computer used and they are deleted on departure from the website. Many websites do this to track traffic flows, whenever users visit those websites.

Ivy Cottage’s website uses third-party cookies to measure use of the website including number of visitors, how frequently pages are viewed, and the city and country of origin of users. This helps to determine what is popular and can influence future content and development. For this purpose, Ivy Cottage uses statistical analysis tools to measure and analyse usage of the website. The information collected by Ivy Cottage will include IP Address, pages visited, browser type and operating system. The data will not be used to identify any user personally.

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user eg retaining saved log-in details to allow you quick access on your next visit.