Data Protection Policy

Stafford Borough Council (“we” or “our” or “us”) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy (and any other documents referred to herein) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you from our website www.ourbeautifulborough.co.uk (“Website”), or that you provide to us by other means or will be processed by us.

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), from 25 May 2018, the data controller is Stafford Borough Council.

Information we may collect from you

We may collect and process the following data about you:

a. Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use the Website, subscribing to our service and any additional, posting material, contributions or requesting further services.

b. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.

c. We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.

d. Details of your visits to the Website including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data.

Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page.

Information About Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of text stored on your computer, phone or whatever you use to surf the net. Cookies have many uses but fundamentally they are used to store information about you on your computer.

We encourage you to accept the cookies our website uses as they help us to improve the user experience for you and many others.

We use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience.

To find out more about cookies and how they work you can visit aboutcookies.org.

 

Measuring Website Usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. The statistical information about website activity is used to understand our customers needs and to improve the website.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (such as your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

See Google’s privacy policy for further information.

You can download a Google opt-out browser add-on if you do not want Google to collect your information.

 

Cookies used by Google Maps

We use Google maps to give you information about the location of council services and event venues. No personally identifiable information is collected. For further information see Google maps terms of use.

 

How to delete or reject cookies

We recommend that you allow the cookies we set by this website as they help us provide a better service.

If you do not want to receive cookies from this website, select cookie settings under the privacy settings in your browser options, then add our domain to the list of websites that you do not want to accept cookies from.

You can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored through the same settings.

In Internet Explorer you can do this via the ‘General’ tab by clicking the ‘Delete’ button under the section labelled ‘Browsing history’.
In Firefox choose the same ‘Privacy’ tab and click the ‘Show Cookies’ button. You can also choose to accept third-party cookies here and force Firefox to delete cookies every time you close your browser window.
You can find more information on how to delete and control cookies on the About Cookies website.

Please note that if you set your browser to refuse cookies from our website that there may be functionality issues with some of our services.

Privacy Settings

If you change your mind after accepting cookies you can withdraw consent using the instructions above. A ‘Privacy’ link appears at the bottom of all web pages to guide you back to this page.

Stafford Borough Council