Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website to recognise your device the next time you visit. Cookies do many things. For example, they can help us to analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information. For example, if you click to "remember me" when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won't collect information that identifies you. Instead, cookies will collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our website, or a user's general location.
We may use five types of cookie and similar tools across our website to improve its performance and enhance your user experience.
First party cookies
We set these cookies and they can only be read by us.
We use persistent cookies which will be saved on your computer for a fixed period. They won't be deleted when the browser is closed. We use persistent cookies to recognise your device for more than one browsing session.
We use session cookies which are only stored temporarily during a browsing session and will be deleted from your device when the browser is closed.
Third party cookies
We may use third party suppliers who may also set cookies on our website in order to deliver the services that they are providing. These cookies are known as third party cookies.
Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting
We use Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting cookies in order to evaluate your use of the website and compile reports for us on activity on the website.
Cookies help you to get the most from our website, so please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly.
How do I disable cookies?
All recent versions of popular browsers give you a level of control over cookies. Find out how to control cookies in your browser.
Reading Borough Council is committed to protecting your privacy online.
If you are a user with general public access, the Reading website does not store or capture personal information, but merely logs a number called your IP address which is automatically recognised by the system.
The system will record personal information if you:
Our website may also use a website recording service which may record mouse clicks, mouse movements, page scrolling and any text keyed into website forms. Data collected by this service is used to improve our website usability. The information collected is stored and is used for aggregated and statistical reporting, and is not shared with anybody else.
This statement only covers websites maintained by us, Reading Arts, and does not cover other websites linked from our site.
For general information about the Data Protection Act you may find the Information Commissioner's Office website useful.