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Privacy and our use of Cookies

 

We are committed to privacy and support current industry initiatives to preserve individual privacy rights on the Internet. Protecting your privacy on-line is an evolving area and we believe websites have to constantly evolve to meet these demands.

Cookies

A "cookie" is a small text file that may be used, for example, to collect information about web site activity.

Some cookies are necessary for the better operation (but see our current approach below) of our website, if you choose to block them some aspects of the site may not work for you. Non necessary cookies are only set when you have given your explicit consent to their use. Such cookies include those set by our statistics package Google Analytics.

Our current approach is to limit our use of Cookies and we believe you might agree with our thoughts in this.

So including the home page, we have not used cookies and will not until you find a page that asks your permission first. Our understanding of the directive from the EU is that it 'demands' that websites seek permission before cookies are used. We want you to discover our website for the first time and 'enjoy' the moment. We think that moment is somewhat spoilt when you are first greeted with the need to get permission. So we decided not to use them at the start. We agree that the approach by the EU makes sense in theory, but it does mean that every time you go to a new website the very first thing you have to do is discuss the merits of allowing the site to use cookies. We believe you’ll have a better experience of our website if that is not the way we do it! But that does mean we have to make sacrifices!

We have to make sacrifices

Some of our web pages will need to use "cookies" to do their job properly but we've limited the number that do; and then only when you have given your permision first.

By not using cookies websites (hence our website) lose marketing information that can help them develop their website in the future and as such even though Google doesn’t collect your details specifically – web marketing tools like Google Analytics can't be used if we don’t use Cookies.

There are other tools that let us know whether we're doing a good job. You call us to place an order; as an example. Should you need to go through an ordering process with us on line, at that point, we’ll direct you through the cookie permission process. If you are used to visiting websites that don’t actively ask permission, you’ll probably find a statement from them along the lines of ‘ continuing to use our website means ….you accept our use of cookies'. We gave that a lot of thought and the the debate for this ‘rages’ on within the website community but our reading is that to protect users privacy the UE Directive states there should not simply be implied permission, there should be explicitly gained permission and hence our approach to not use them and then where they are absolutely necessary to gain your permission before they are used.

If you browse often you will be familiar with sites that use some cookies and other technologies that may serve to recall personal Information previously indicated by a web user; logging into an account for example. Most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them.

Background

So how did we all get here? On 26 May 2011 the European Commission made the controversial 'Cookies Directive' law. It applies to the UK and all European countries. It mandates that the use of cookies on European businesses' websites must be disclosed and explicit consent for their use is obtained from their users. The Information Commissioner's Office gave UK businesses 12 months in which to achieve compliance.

Many people think this is a big step backwards, some that the legislation is so unworkable that it will 'have' to be amended, but, as it stands, UK business websites are required to make this disclosure from 26 May 2012.

 

* Free earth electrical checks in the Potters Bar Eye circulation areas and areas where we work locally that include

We are able to offer electrical installations in the following areas: Barnett, Bayford, Bell Bar, Bishops Stortford, Borehamwood, Brickendon, Bricket Wood, Brookmans Park, Broxbourne, Buckhurst Hill, Cheshunt, Chigwell, Cockfosters, Colney Heath, Cuffley, Enfield, Epping Green, Essendon, Goffs Oak, Grange Park, Great Amwell, Hadley Wood, Harlow, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hertford, Hertford Heath, High Barnet, Hoddesdon, Little Heath, London Colney, Monken Hadley Common, Nazeing, New Barnett, Newgate Street, North Mymms, Northaw, Oakwood, Palmers Green, Potters Bar, Roydon, South Mymms, St Albans, Stanstead Abbotts, Turnford, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, Welham Green, Welwyn Garden City, Winchmore Hill, Woodford, Wormley. Please call to check especially if your home is near any of these areas.

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