Privacy and Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files stored on your computer when you visit certain web pages. On the Community How To website we use cookies to keep track of how you find your way around the website, whether you are logged in or not and which UK online centre you might be in.

Please note that cookies can't harm your computer. We don't store any personally identifiable information such as your name and email address in any of the cookies we create, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help improve your experience of the site.

To register on the Community How To website, you'll need to have cookies enabled. Most web browsers have cookies enabled, but see 'Managing cookies' below for help to turn them on should you need to. If you don't wish to enable cookies, you'll still be able to browse the site although the site may not work as intended.

We're giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with recent legislation, and to make sure we're honest and clear about your privacy when using our website. We know you'd expect nothing less from us, and please be assured that we're working on a number of other privacy and cookie-related improvements to the website.

Our cookie policy

We only use cookies for the following purposes:

  • essential functionality of the website
  • tracking interactions with our website so that we can improve the site in the future

None of the cookies used on our website will result in you being shown any targeted adverts on other websites.

Here's a list of the main cookies we use, and what we use them for.

Cookie nameCookie purpose
cookie-acceptThis cookie confirms you have seen the message telling you that this site uses cookies and that by proceeding you are happy with this. We use this to stop the message appearing again.
has_js 
SESS + random letters & numbersA unique code that identifies you to our servers when you are logged in. This does not store any personal data and merely allows you to stay logged in on our servers.
__utma...__utmzThese cookies enable our use of Google Analytics Software. This software helps us take and analyse visitor information such as browser usage, new visitor numbers, response to marketing activity and length of learning sessions. That information helps us to improve the website and your learning experience, and to make our marketing campaigns relevant. The data stored by these cookies can be seen only by the relevant teams at Go ON and Google and never contains any personal information that could identify you individually.

 

Third-party cookies

When you visit the Community How To website you may notice some cookies that are not related to Community How To. When you visit a page that contains embedded content, for example from YouTube, you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

'Share' tools

If you take the opportunity to 'share' Community How To content with friends through social networks - such as Facebook and Twitter - you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so please check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Managing cookies

If cookies aren't enabled on your computer, it will mean that your experience on our website will be limited to browsing. You won't be able to register and learn with us. If you'd prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from the Community How To website, or any other website, you can use your browser to do this.

How to check cookies are enabled for PCs
  • Chrome
    Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select Options Click the 'Under the Hood' tab, locate the 'Privacy' section, and select the 'Content settings' button Now select 'Allow local data to be set'
  • Internet Explorer
    Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select 'Internet options' , then click on the 'Privacy' tab Ensure that your Privacy level is set to Medium or below, which will enable cookies in your browser Settings above Medium will disable cookies
  • Firefox
    Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select Options Then select the Privacy icon Click on Cookies, then select 'allow sites to set cookies'
  • Safari
    Click on the Cog icon at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option Click on 'Security', check the option that says 'Block third-party and advertising cookies' Click 'Save'

If you're not sure of the type and version of web browser you use to access the Internet click on 'Help' at the top of your browser window and select the 'About' option.

How to check cookies are enabled for Macs
  • Safari
    Click on 'Safari' at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option Click on 'Security' then 'Accept cookies' Select the 'Only from site you navigate to'
  • Chrome
    Click on 'Chrome' at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option. Click on 'Show advanced settings' then 'Content settings' and select 'Allow local data to be set'
  • Firefox
    Click on 'Firefox' at the top of your browser window and select 'Preferences' Then select the Privacy icon Click on Cookies, then select 'allow sites to set cookies'
  • All other browsers
    Please consult your documentation or online help files.

If you're not sure of the type and version of web browser you use to access the Internet, click on the Apple menu and select the 'About' option, while your browser window is open.

Further information about cookies

If you'd like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org (opens in a new window - please note that we can't be responsible for the content of external websites).