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Introduction

This website wdps.co.uk (the “Site”) is operated by Westbrook Data Protection Services. Also referred to in this Cookie Policy as “we” or “us”. Westbrook Data Protection Services is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Cookie Policy (which should be read together with our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use) explains what cookies are, and how and why they may be stored on and accessed from your device when you view this Site.

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files containing a small amount of data, usually a unique string of letters and numbers. They are commonly used throughout the Internet and are stored on, and accessed from, your device when you visit a website (including this Site). This allows the website to recognise your visit and differentiate you from other users of the website.

The term ‘cookies’ also includes technologies that operate in a similar way to traditional web cookies, such as pixels or tags. A pixel or tag is a snippet of code that enables cookies to be stored on your device. They allow the owner of the website to identify a user’s browser as they navigate different websites.

You can find out more information about cookies and similar technologies on the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO) website by clicking here.

Our Site may place and access certain first-party Cookies on your computer or device. First-party Cookies are those placed directly by us and are used only by us. We use Cookies to facilitate and improve your experience of our Site and to provide and improve our services. We have care fully chosen these Cookies and have taken steps to ensure that your privacy and personal data is protected and respected at all times.By using our Site, you may also receive certain third-party Cookies on your computer or device.Third-party Cookies are those placed by websites, services, and/or parties other than us. Third-party Cookies are used on our Site for analytical and targeting reasons. These Cookies are not integral to the functioning of our Site and your use and experience of our Site will not be impaired by refusing consent to them.

All Cookies used by and on Our Site are used in accordance with current Cookie Law. We may use some or all of the following types of Cookie:

Strictly necessary cookies
Cookie falls into this category if it is essential to the operation of Our Site, supporting functions such as logging in, your shopping basket, and payment transactions.

Analytics cookies
It is important for us to understand how you use Our Site, for example, how efficiently you are able to navigate around it, and what features you use. Analytics Cookies enable us togather this information, helping us to improve Our Site and your experience of it.

Functionality cookies
Functionality Cookies enable us to provide additional functions to you on Our Site such as personalisation and remembering your saved preferences. Some functionality Cookies may also be strictly necessary Cookies, but not all necessarily fall into that category.

Targeting cookies
It is important for us to know when and how often you visit Our Site, and which parts of it you have used (including which pages you have visited and which links you have visited).As with analytics Cookies, this information helps us to better understand you and, in turn, to make Our Site and advertising more relevant to your interests.

Third party cookies
Third party Cookies are not placed by us and instead, they are placed by third parties that provide services to us and/or to you. These third party Cookies may be used by advertising services to serve up tailored advertising to you on Our Site, or by third parties providing analytics services to us (these Cookies will work in the same way as analyticsCookies described above).

Persistent cookies
Any of the above types of Cookie may be a persistent Cookie. Persistent Cookies are those which remain on your computer or device for a predetermined period and are activated each time you visit Our Site.

Session cookies
Any of the above types of Cookie may be a session Cookie. Session Cookies are temporary and only remain on your computer or device from the point at which you visit Our Site until you close your browser. Session Cookies are deleted when you close your browser. Certain features of our Site depend on Cookies to function. Cookie Law deems these Cookies to be “strictly necessary”. You may still block these Cookies by changing your internet browser’s settings as detailed below, but please be aware that our Site may not work properly if you do so. Our Site uses analytics services. Website analytics refers to a set of tools used to collect and analyse anonymous usage information, enabling us to better understand how our Site is used. This, in turn, enables us to improve our Site and the services offered through it.

The analytics service(s) used by our Site use(s) Cookies to gather the required information. You do not have to allow us to use these Cookies, however whilst our use of them does not pose any risk to your privacy or your safe use of our Site, it does enable us to continually improve our Site, making it a better and more useful experience for you. You can choose to enable or disable Cookies in your internet browser. Most internet browsers also enable you to choose whether you wish to disable all Cookies or only third-party Cookies. By default, most internet browsers accept Cookies, but this can be changed. For further details, please consult the help menu in your internet browser or the documentation that came with your device. You can choose to delete Cookies on your computer or device at any time, however you may lose any information that enables you to access Our Site more quickly and efficiently including, but not limited to, login and personalisation settings.

It is recommended that you keep your internet browser and operating system up-to-date and that you consult the help and guidance provided by the developer of your internet browser and manufacturer of your computer or device if you are unsure about adjusting your privacy settings.

Refusing or withdrawing your consent to the use of cookies

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘Cookie’ icon in the bottom corner of your screen (this may present differently on a mobile device). From there you can then adjust the available sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’, then click ‘Accept’ to finalise your selection. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

Alternatively, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Contact us

If you have any questions or need further information about our use of cookies on the Site, please contact us at dpo@wdps.co.uk

This Cookie Policy may be amended by us at any time. Please check this page periodically to inform yourself of any changes. This Cookie Policy was last amended on 13 February 2024.