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No Cookies

We are pleased to state that we do NOT use cookies of any description on this web site or on any of our other public web sites.

Frankly, we lack the interests and time to track users. There are many more interesting and important things in life.

Cookies are intended to track people's web browsing

Most web sites do NOT need to track the browsing habits of the public reading their web pages.

The only type of web sites having an excuse to use cookies are:-

  • Private web sites protected by passwords.
  • Public web sites offering buying, banking, other financial services, member services. The reason for these sites to use cookies is to prevent a user's personal details being disclosed to other people and to ensure that only the genuine user has access to the user's account.

How cookies work

The web site being browsed puts on your hard disk drive (HDD) text information which may identify:-

  • you personally
  • the language version of your browser (examples: Arabic, Spanish, Farsi, Russian, American English etc.)
  • the type and version number of your web browser
  • the details of web sites you have browsed

As soon as the cookie information about you is stored on your computer, web sites can secretly access that information without your consent and without your knowledge. Web sites can access that information multiple times and then share the information with any organisation anywhere in the world.

Usually the cookies are encrypted to prevent you, the user, reading what is being collected about you and stored in secret on your computer.

Cookies information remains on your hard disk until you delete it. Until the cookies are deleted web sites can read the cookies days, weeks and even years later. Some cookies can automatically expire in days, weeks or many years. Some cookies never expire.

Cookies are created on your computer by web sites you visit and by web sites you never visited. Web sites you visit can secretly assist unvisited web sites to store cookies, in secret, on your computer.

Some web browsers can secretly send to web sites, without your permission and knowledge, the serial numbers of your hard disk drives (HDD), computer motherboard and computer processor (CPU).

The United Kingdom's government's implementation of the European Union's privacy directive, which demands that you must consent to cookies being placed on to your computer, does not appear to protect users from secretly getting third-party cookies.

Cookies Abuse

Thames Valley Police's web site puts 5 unreadable cookies on your computer and does not ask your permission. There is no mention of the word cookie, cookies or even cook on the main web page. Obviously European Union's privacy and data protection laws do not apply to Thames Valley Police. There is no technical requirement for the police to secretly put 5 cookies on the public's personal computers.

Slough Borough Council's web site puts 1 cookie on your computer and does not ask your permission.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead including Ascot puts 8 cookies on to your computer and then states:-

Our site uses cookies. By continuing to use our site you are agreeing to the storage of cookies on your device. To find out more please read our cookie policy.

Verdict

Comprehensive testing shows the vast majority of web pages at Thames Valley Police, Slough Council and Windsor & Maidenhead Council do not require cookies. Amazingly the web pages display properly and without delay without cookies. The web sites function properly without cookies, so why are these organisations so anxious to track visitors' every move?

How does the secret tracking of visitors' browsing actually help those visitors?

The public should have the right to browse freely and privately without having all their movements tracked for the amusement of these organisations.

The police and councils are supposed to deliver services to the public. Secretly monitoring the public's lawful Internet use, is not - and has never ever been - a legitimate public service .

Created 25 November 2005, revised 8 August 2007, 12 January 2014.     •  Contact