Cookies

At HolidayTravelWatch we are keen to provide you the Consumer with an enjoyable website experience.  We never forget that by visiting us at www.holidaytravelwatch.com you are providing a vote of confidence in our work and trust that we respect your privacy.  There has been much discussion in recent years about the nature of internet privacy and this has culminated with the coming into law of the 'Cookie Law'.  To help your understanding of what 'Cookies' this website uses, we set out below, through questions and answers, what 'Cookies' are about and how they affect you and how you can deal with them.

What is a 'Cookie'?

A 'Cookie' is a small encrypted text files which are placed onto and used by your browser directory.

Why are 'Cookies' used?

We use 'Cookies' to help all those who visit our website to navigate our site efficiently.  They provide a core function in enhancing your use of the site or its processes.  Our principal use of 'Cookies' is to compile statistics on the numbers of people who visit us.

What is the effect of disabling a 'Cookie'?

If you were to disable any of our 'Cookies', this may prevent you from using certain parts of our website.

How does a 'Cookie' get placed on my browser and what does it do?

If you visit our website, we will send your browser some information, which is placed as a text file, into your browser.  If you decide to re-visit our website, our website will retrieve the text file and send it back to our server.  Essentially, this information acts as a bookmark, guiding you efficiently into our website and helping you to return to where you left off when you last visited us.

How many 'Cookies' do you have for the HolidayTravelWatch website?

Five.  Four 'Cookies' allows us to collate critical information about the numbers of visitors we receive to our site and their journey through our site.  One is a session 'cookie'.  The session cookie acts as a 'bookmark' for those who register to place comment on our website.  This is the only occasion that any personal information is stored (except if you e mail us directly - this is dealt with in a different manner and does not use 'cookies').  If you 'register' to place a comment on our site, as is the common practice, you the Consumer provides a user name and for verification purposes, your e mail address.  It is the Consumer who physically provides this information, we do not extract it from any source.  When the Consumer provides this information, we e mail the Consumer with a password so that they can contribute to the travel debate by making a comment on our website.  The session 'cookie' allows those registrants to 'pick up where they left off'.

Why do you use these 'Cookies'?

We use these 'Cookies' analyse visitor data through a product known as Google Analytics.  This information provides us with critical data which helps us to design our site and improve the Consumer journey to information.

Do you store any of my personal information?

No. When visiting our website, no personal data is extracted, we only provide a text file to your browser directory.  This text file contains code which is only recognised by our website.  Usually, personal details are only stored when a financial transaction takes place on a website; we have no commercial outlet on our website requiring such detail, however, you should note what happens where a Consumer registers to make a comment in the question - 'How many 'Cookies' do you have for the HolidayTravelWatch website?' above.

Are your 'Cookies' classed as 'Spyware'?

No.

Are there any other 3rd party 'Cookies' on your website?

No; we have no advertising on our website so no external 'Cookies' are present.

What does the law say about these 'Cookies'?

Simply; all visitors to a website should be given clear information about the 'Cookie's' and that they should give their consent to their use.  With regards to the second point, the method on consent is not clear (there is wide interpretation on this issue) and until such time as there is clarification, we consider that the correct approach is to provide you with our information and then you can decide how to deal with this matter.

Assuming I did not want to store your 'Cookies'; how would I stop them?

The problem is that there are many different operating systems and browsers; if you want guidance on how to remove 'Cookies', you should visit the organisation 'All about Cookies' where they have a useful page on how to remove 'Cookies'.

What if I do nothing?

If you choose not to block our 'Cookies' through your own browser settings, this will be taken that you accept the use of our 'Cookies' and the placing of the text files in your browser directory.

Is there anything else I should know about 'Cookies'?

  1. 'Cookies' are not viruses;
  2. 'Cookies' are used by virtually all websites;
  3. They can be 'Spyware'; ours are not;
  4. We do not store personal information;
  5. If you want to block 'Cookies' from any source, you should do so via your browser settings;
  6. If you suspect that 'Cookies' may be 'Spyware' then you should use your security settings/firewall programs to block them;
  7. To ensure maximum security, you should set your browser to update automatically and on a regular basis.

You are invited to read our 'Legal Notice'.

All reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the facts on 'Cookies' are correct at the time of publication.