In May 2011 new law came into force in the UK that required web
sites to obtain their user's explicit permission to store cookies on
the user's computer, whether it be PC, MAC, tablet or smartphone.
to store data that is subsequently used for marketing purposes
- that is, they use it to target the user with what they consider
appropriate selected advertising. The government consider that
users should know what data is collected and to what purpose it
is applied and then agree to that before they go further into the
particular web site.
Because of the difficulty in implementing the explicit obtaining
of a user's permission, the Data Commissioner, who administers
compliance with this regulation, allowed 12 months leeway before
he would expect compliance. The leeway
ended on 25th May 2012.
Does the Happy Valley web site collect cookies?
The short answer is no. None of the page code written by the Happy
The Happy Valley web pages include many links to other web sites.
These links are usually denoted by the symbol
at the end of the link. This also indicates that the linked to
page will load in a separate tab or window. The Happy
Valley web site has no control over other
Some of the data displayed on Happy Valley
web site pages is stored
in a database and retrieved dynamically to create the correct page
at the user's request. While the page is being constructed a count
may be made on the database of the specific page requested. No
other information is recorded. Only the webmaster has access to
update the database with new or updated information. In the Family History section
information is taken from publicly available family history resources
and from individuals submitting information for publication.
We endeavour not to publish any family history information relating
to persons we know to be, or may reasonably believe to be, still
The Happy Valley web site is housed by 1&1
our Internet Service Provider (ISP). They record detailed usage
statistics including counts of the use of each page, the browsers
employed by users (MS Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.), the computer
operating systems used (Windows XP, 7, 8, 10, MAC OS X, iOS, etc.)
and other technical information. This type of information is available
to the Happy Valley webmaster for analysis. There is no user personal
information available. You
If you arrive at the Happy Valley web site (or
any other web site) via a search, either by Google or any of the
other search services, your link normally goes via the search company's
server so that they can record users' page targets. The same is
true of price comparison and marketing sites such as Amazon. This
information is used by them to selectively target their advertising.
Details of these practices may be found on their respective privacy
This list is not exhaustive. There are probably many other uses
of cookies on the larger commercial web sites.
What are Cookies?
A cookie is a usually very small computer file recording information
about the user's use of a particular web site. There are two types
of cookie - session cookies and persistent cookies.
cookies are deleted when you close your browser or, in some
cases, when you log out of an online service. These cookies are
also commonly used to reduce page loading times and to make more
efficient use of server processing, both enabling the user to experience
a better and faster service.
Persistent cookies are stored
on your computer indefinitely, on your hard disk if your computer
has one. Persistent cookies are commonly used to store information
that will be of value the next time you visit the same web site,
for example, whether or not you want your password remembered -
indeed, if you do the cookie will contain your password as well,
hopefully in encrypted form.
Many ISPs also keep information in log files which
are stored on the web site server. There is a multitude of uses
web page for details.
It is possible to remove persistent cookies and you should refer
to your 'help' system for instructions on how to do this.
What happens if I disallow cookies?
Most PC and MAC browsers provide an option in their settings to
prevent the creation and keeping of cookies. So far as the Happy
Valley web site is concerned, absolutely nothing will
change if you disallow cookies; there will be no difference in
your browsing experience because we don't use them. However, some
complex sites will simply not work without them. In particular,
you may find that banking and similar sites just won't work without
them and they may not even allow you to logon until you allow
cookies once again.
Should I be concerned about cookie use?
Generally no. However, there are some web sites, usually those
selling products or services, that make extensive use of information
collected via cookies. Each of these companies should now be soliciting
your permission to do so. Some may well offer the user a choice
of cookie use, for instance, enabling the user to disconnect from
marketing purposes. Others will offer an all or nothing capability.
Beware that if you say 'no' a web site may become unuseable to
Cookies are pretty well essential for a good internet browsing
experience. The Happy Valley web site is a simple
site which does not use them. We do not collect any personal information
from you or your computer. Our ISP and some of the sites we link
to collect a wide range of statistical information and may in some
circumstances collect personal information. Some sites are said
to collect more information than is reasonably justified and it
is because of this that new regulations have been introduced.
The Happy Valley web site includes a section on Bollington family
history. The family information provided to the webmaster often
includes persons still living. These persons are recorded as such
and the web pages are designed never to show these people, except
to those responsible for the upkeep of the system - presently just