The one years grace for the EU's e-privacy directive ends on the 30th April 2012
This means that from that date, all websites located within the EU, that enable cookies to be placed/stored on a visitor's laptop/computer/device are required to gain each individual visitor's consent prior to the cookie placement happening.
What are cookies?
Whilst I implement a solution right across the site I hope this notice goes a little way to explaining how cookies are used on silkysteps .. other than dunkin :). As a means of consent gaining PLEASE, only click the links below if you agree to a cookie being stored on your computer/laptop/device.
Here on the forum all new forum registrations are required to agree/disagree to cookie storage as a condition of using the forum. I'm working on a way to gain anonymous visitor's consent that doesn't involve forcing their membership/registration or requiring everyone to be logged into the forum in order to read.
- a cookie is used to remember a customer's basket contents within the store and to link the website through the donations page. Wherever a page on silkysteps displays a paypal, view cart/add to basket button, a cookie from paypal will of been stored on that customer's laptop/computer/device in order to enable that function to occur. Specific cookie use can be read on the paypal link. The data within the cookie file is not accessible to anyone other than paypal and the owner of the computer/laptop/device.
- as an affiliate, the commission this generates provides a much needed line of revenue. Each time a link is clicked on silkysteps that opens an amazon website page a cookie will be stored in order to track a sale and allocate a commission. Specific cookie use can be read on the amazon link above. The data within the cookie file is not accessible to anyone other than amazon and the owner of the computer/laptop/device.
- again as an affiliate, sales made by clicking through a link on silkysteps that take you to handykam.com will cause a cookie to be stored on your device that tracks a sale and enables the allocation of commission. Handykam utilises the software services of IDevAffiliate.
Silkysteps uses the hosted software services of SmarterStats to monitor site performance. This does not involve cookie storage. It does still involve data collection - each time a file is requested ie. a silkysteps.com website page opens, an image is viewed, a link to download a document is clicked that file request is logged, server side, for potential analysis & evaluation. A visitor's internet browser information is also logged to enable knowledge of visitor numbers along with a visitor's browser version and its country of origin. None of this information personally identifies an individual and is not used for any other reason than to improve on site content, find out favoured and less visited areas, adapt the site design and navigation which all aims to support the continual improvement of a visitor's complete wesbite experience.
Links for more information
Your online choices
- set the company preferences
that enable targetted advertising
For anyone with a greater interest these links may proove useful:
From the ICO
- and the framework
Categorising cookies from International Chamber of commerce.co.uk
- pg7 on are most helpful
Tackling the e-Privacy conundrom
Please add on with any questions regarding cookies and silkysteps and I'll try to answer xx
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