[Edmonton County School Old Scholars' Association]

Privacy and use of Cookies

For the purposes of this privacy statement, a reference to 'ECSOSA' means the individual(s) managing the ECSOSA website on behalf of the Edmonton County School Old Scholars' Association, who may in turn report information to the Committee.

The ECSOSA website is hosted by EZPZ Hosting who keep logs of site activity which are made available to ECSOSA. These logs may include information provided by your browser such as the browser type, the preferred language, the referring site and the date and time of each page request. This information doesn't directly personally identify you. The logs will also include the IP address that the web server sees the page requests coming from. The IP address does have the potential to identify you personally as your ISP would know who was assigned the IP address at a given time and so the site logs can be considered as personal data. All it can do for ECSOSA in the vast majority of cases is to suggest your ISP or company name. The information in the logs is only used by ECSOSA to help examine and measure site usage.

The website uses Google Maps for mapping which means that information similar to that mentioned above could be recorded by Google. The website has drawn on other third party services and content in the past but at the time of writing it is believed that it has all been removed. Should there be any remaining that have been overlooked, or any added in future, the third parties will also have access to similar information.

There are no longer any first party cookies being used when you access the ECSOSA website. First party cookies are those that use the ecsosa.org.uk and .ecsosa.org.uk domains and those are the only cookies that can be seen by the website. Just as a confirmation, here is a list of all the first party cookies available to this page:

Ideally you won't see any cookies listed above but if you haven't cleared your cookies for a considerable period of time there may be some lingering.

One that used to feature was PHPSESSID which was set due to the use of PHP on the site. PHP has the capability to handle session management on the server end (rather than needing to use cookies, scripting or messing around with URLs) and needed this one cookie to track which data applied to your session. Session management wasn't being used directly by the website but a Facebook API that was once in use probably set it up behind the scenes, even if it didn't actually need to make any use of it. This cookie was regarded as an essential cookie to the site.

It is possible that you may still see some cookies that were set when Google Analytics was being used on the site and which haven't expired yet. These were first party cookies because the Google Analytics code ran as a script on the website but the content was only really meaningful to Google. If you use your browser controls to delete the cookies they shouldn't return.

Third party 'functional' cookies may be set due to the use of third party services from Google (in particular Google Maps). ECSOSA has no access to them.

[ECSOSA: Quis separabit - Who shall separate us?]
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