An introduction to cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added, and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual and the web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by collecting and remembering information about your preferences that you have. We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used and it helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in response to our customers and consumers needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis and do not sell any of this information on.

Overall, these cookies help us provide you with a better service and better website for your gain and navigation. We do this by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and informative, plus which pages you do not. A cookie does not give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies but most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser settings to decline these cookies if you prefer, please speak with your web provider for more help. You can also delete cookies to untrack your previous steps taken, but this may prevent you taking the full advantage of our website.

Cookies deployed by our website:

  • ensure that functionality operates as intended to do so
  • remember your choices and preferences during and between your visits
  • allow you to share pages via social network widgets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • allow you to interact with our website by leaving comments or opinions
  • post enquiries via our Anti-Spam enquiry form
  • track your visit for statistical analysis, allowing us to improve the usability, speed and security of our website

 

Cookies are not deployed to:

  • collect any personal identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • pass data to advertising networks
  • pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • pay sales commissions

 

Your consent for cookie deployment by our website

When you first visited our website, you may have noticed our banner alerting you to the use of cookies by our website. In compliance with the 2011 EU Cook Law, our website operates on an “Implied Consent” basis. This means that we will assume that you have opted-in for our website to accept cookies until you choose to deactivate them within your browser settings or complete via the instructions below. By default, the majority of websites will automatically permit cookies onto your device until you deactivate them. Below you can learn more about specific cookies deployed by our website, and how they can be disabled. For more information on the EU Cookie Law in the UK, we recommend that you visit the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website where you can find the latest information, guidelines and advice on the EU Cookie Law.

Cookies used by our website

Social Network Sharing

We always encourage our users to share our content and/or like our profile pages on the popular Social Media Networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram and LinkedIn. In order to make sharing accessable for our users, our website utilises widgets either provided directly from the Social Networks and/or via amalgamative widgets from third parties. Cookies and privacy implications from these sites vary and will depend on your nominated privacy settings with each Social Network. Social Sharing Buttons will only deploy cookies if you are signed to that respective Social Network at the time of being on our website.

Analytical Tracking

Our website does have Google Analytics installed which allows us to track and compile anonymous visitor statistics. The information collected ranges from a simple traffic volume to the type of browser you are viewing our main website with. The information we collect is very valuable to us not just for marketing analysis but to improve the usability, security and speed of our website content. Google Analytics is a popular, secure product supplied to us from Google itself. The privacy and security that Google provide for their Analytics data is a high priority at Google and you can read more into this via Google’s Analytics Data Safeguarding page. Google also offers a Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on that will allow you to automatically Opt-out of all websites that track your activity via Google Analytics. No personal information is collected by Google Analytics but please use their websites and compliance, as well as their privacy statement to make sure as Keystones Property Ltd cannot be held responsible for Google Analytics or Google Inc.

Cookie Consent Check

As stated above, upon your first visit to our website it displays a banner alerting you to the possibility of your cookies being tracked and deployed by our website. In order for our website to remember your choice of opting-in, we store an anonymous cookie to remove the alert banner for 28 days. To prevent this cookie being stored, simply do not accept and close the alert. If you have already accepted this alert, and you wish to remove the cookies, then please clear the cookies in your browsers settings. Please contact your service provider to find more information on how to do this.

Enquiry Forms

Visitors can choose to contact us via enquiry form(s) on our website. In order to prevent spam enquiries, we protect our forms with a ‘CAPTCHA’ challenge to ensure the submission is from a living person, rather than a computer bot. This CAPTCHA challenge creates a cookie that is used only to check the input response from the user is correct. The CAPTCHA cookie does not store any other information from your enquiry.

Google Maps/Places

Our website may have our Google Maps/Places profile embedded within an iframe. Google Maps creates cookies that enable the functionality of their powerful mapping software. No personal information is stored or shared on the cookies deployed by Google Maps/Places.

How to disable cookies

Most modern browsers allow you to control your cookie settings for all websites that you browse. You can disable cookie deployment completely by editing your browser settings, however in doing this you may be limiting the functionality that is displayed on our website. To learn how to disable cookies on your preferred browser we recommend reading this advice posted by Google.

If you are concerned about cookies tracking your movements on the Internet then you may be concerned about spyware. Spyware is the name given to a particular band of cookies that track personal information about you. There are many antispyware programs that you can use to prevent this from happening. Learn more about antispyware software – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyware. As mentioned earlier in this page you can also disable Google Analytics on all websites by downloading the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.