Privacy & cookies

Privacy
Westminster Befriend a Family does not share personal information with third-parties nor does it store information that is collected about your visit for use other than to analyze content performance through the use of cookies, which you can turn off at anytime by modifying your Internet browser’s settings. Westminster Befriend a Family is not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without permission.

Cookies
Just like most other websites, we use cookies. A cookie is a small piece of text sent from a website and stored in your web browser. It can be retrieved by the website the next time you return to it, so that the website can, for example, remember your saved preferences. By continuing to use this website you agree to us placing cookies on your computer.

Cookies can be “First Party”, i.e. set by us, or “Third Party” – set by another company to perform the function, for example Google Analytics.

This site is built on the WordPress platform which sets non-tracking session cookies. If you comment on a blog a cookie will be stored on your computer.

The following technologies on this computer use cookies:

  • WordPress
  • Google Analytics
  • The blog
  • Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other social media “like” buttons or plugins

WordPress is a very popular Content Management System, used to provide website content for millions of websites. It uses cookies for two purposes:

1. Registered members need a cookie to be able to log in to our website. This is necessary as WordPress won’t work without it.

2. Visitors leaving comments on a blog will also have a cookie set on their computer.

Many WordPress website owners also use Google Analytics to track how their website is used.

We use Google Analytics to understand how people use our website so we can make it more effective. It collects anonymous information about what people do on our site, where they’ve come from, and whether they’ve completed any tasks on the site. Google Analytics tracks this information using cookies and JavaScript code.

How can I prevent cookies being used?
When you first visit our website, unless you change your Cookies Settings, we will continue to set all Cookies on your device. You can find out how to do this for your particular browser by clicking “help” on your browser’s menu or by visiting http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/index.html.

However, if you choose to disable cookies it may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website and some of the website may fail to work. For example: if you do not consent to Functionality cookies, you won’t be able to log into the site or leave comments on the blog.

Table of cookies set on the WBAF website:

Website mobile detector  Detects the platforms that people are using to access the WBAF site (mobile phones, I-pads, etc) so that they can be provided with an appropriate browser viewing ration and experience.
PHPSESSID The cookie is native to PHP and enables websites to store serialised state data. It is used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a temporary cookie, which is commonly referred to as a session cookie. As the PHPSESSID cookie has no timed expiry, it disappears when the client is closed.
 __utma Stores each user’s amount of visits, and the time of the first visit, the
previous visit, and the current visit
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.
The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come from geographically, and the pages they have visited, the devices and browsers the visitor is using.
__utmb Is used to check approximately how long you stay on a site: when a visit starts, and approximately ends
__utmc Is used to check approximately how long you stay on a site: when a visit
starts, and approximately ends
__utmz Stores where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link)
NIDSNIDPREF We may use Google Maps on our Contact Us page to provide detailed
information on how to locate our office.   We use Google’s interactive
maps because we believe they provide a helpful way for our visitors to
identify how best to travel to us
 http://www.google.co.uk/policies/privacy/ads/
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These cookies are used by the content management system to determine whether the administrator is logged in into the system as well as storing some settings data. They do not affect the way other users are  using this website.
ssid This cookie is stored when a user has visited the blog section of the site where a third party plugin is active. This is an advertising tracking cookie and it will compile long-term records of anonymous individuals’ browsing histories.  http://www.linkwithin.com/privacy
Apache We use PayPal to provide an online invoice payment facility.  The PayPal and credit card logo images are loaded direct from PayPal’s servers (this is regarded as best practice to ensure that card scheme logos are kept as up to date as possible) and in serving these images PayPal serves two cookies. The first cookie, “Apache”, is a persistent cookie set to expire in 30 years’ time.  The second is a session cookie and is given a random name. We use PayPal as a convenience for our visitors and we use it on the basis that PayPal adheres to its Privacy Policy https://cms.paypal.com/cgi-bin/marketingweb?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=ua/Privacy_full&locale.x=en_US#How we use cookies
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These cookies, provided by Facebook, are set when a visitor is logged in to or otherwise using their service. This allows a user to easily comment or share an article with their peers through the social network  
http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/