Privacy, Cookies, and Site Info

This page relates to all our Swan Housing Association websites based on WordPress including:

This answers some questions about how we collect and uses personal details, as well as cookie use and how you can control this. You can also read Swan Housing’s Legal Information in full here.

What information Swan Housing Association collects about you

Our websites only collect personal information about you when you interact with any of the forms or email links used on the website. We only collect the personal information that you yourself enter.

How Swan Housing Association uses this information

Swan Housing Association complies with the data protection principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998. The personal information you provide to us will be processed fairly and lawfully. For further information regarding the Data Protection Act please go to www.ico.gov.uk.

Cookies

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.

Every cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, the site name and/or some digits and numbers.

It allows a website to remember things like what your preferences  were , and they also use some basic information so we can see what is popular, and how our visitors came to our site. This helps us to try to improve that site and the visitor’s experience.

Some websites also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits – Our websites do NOT use these kinds of cookies!

Swan Housing Association does not use cookies to collect or store personally identifiable information about you.

What Cookies do we use?

Cookies used on our WordPress* based websites including:

WordPress CookiesThese cookies are used to operate the underlying framework that our WordPress based websites are built upon.
These cookies do not hold personally identifiable information.
PHPSESSIDThis cookie is used to hold the unique (but anonymous) session ID that is generated every time our site is visited. This cookie will be deleted when you close the browser. It also helps the website know if you are using a mobile device so it can deliver you the appropriate template (this feature is currently in testing)
wpfilebaseThis particular cookie helps us learn which downloads (Newsletters, leaflets, etc.,) are popular.
Google CookiesThese cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our websites We only use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our websites and the information we provide.
The cookies collect information anonymously, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from, the pages they visited.
You can see an overview of Google’s privacy policy here
__utmaGoogle Analytics cookie; tracks the number of times you have visited the site
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Google Analytics cookies; work together to calculate how long you have spent on the website in each session
__utmzGoogle Analytics cookie; tracks what search engine you have visited the site from and which search terms you used to find the website.
googtransThis cookie simply records your language preference through the Google translate option – e.g. if you have chosen French it will remember this as you navigate this site and load the translation saving you from having to choose it every time you load a page.
PREFCookies set by Google; they control Google Maps, the Google Translate widget and use unidentifiable IP information to store your language preference
Other cookiesThe following cookies are associated with our web server hosting
DYNSRVServer session cookie; this cookie is added by our web hostings load balancer to track which web server to send the visitor to. It’s purpose is to improve the performance of the website.
__cfduidCookie set by CloudFlare; To protect our website from security threats such as hackers and to improve it’s performance our site is routed through CloudFlare.

*Wordpress is an Open Source blogging and content management system that has been around for over 8 years. You can find out more about it on their website here.

I don’t want to receive cookies

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to restrict or block the web browser cookies that are set on your device you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. This website will also provide you with more information on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you may need to refer to your handset manual or search their support website.

Most of our websites should work without cookies, but you may lose some features and functionality if you choose to disable them.

Disclaimer

Historical Content

Whilst we try to keep out content up to date and correct, it should be noted that our websites also contain historical items, such as old news stories and pages; that whilst correct at the time of publishing, may contain information that is no longer correct or  relevant. These items are kept on the site in ways of archives and historical interest.

Swan Housing Group cannot guarantee that the information contained on these websites is 100% accurate or correct.  (see also Limited Liability Below).
This includes (but is not limited to this page)

Images

The images we use on our websites are either taken from images taken by Swan staff, such as during an event, from our stock of internally created images, or taken from royalty free clip-art providers.

Images on historical articles and pagers. may contain residents, or members of staff; that are no longer involved with Swan. It should be noted that these items are only retained on our websites as a matter of historical interest and considered relevant to the article  in which they are contained.

Anyone wishing to have an image: of themselves or close family member, removed from an item featured on our website: they may do so by contacting us via [email protected] with the relevant details.

External Links and Content

Swan Housing Association are not responsible for any outside content,  linked to or shared through any of our websites or social media channels

Limited Liability

  1. The information contained on our websites is for information purposes only, and any advice indicated should be checked through alternate sources along with your personal judgement before acting on  any information provided on the basis of what the item contains.. We (Swan Housing Group) can give no warranties of any kind in relation to our sites or their contents.
  2. We are not liable for:
    (a) any action you may take as a result of relying on any information provided on our websites or for any loss or damage suffered by you as a result of you taking any action based upon information provided on these websites;
    (b) any dealings you have with third parties (e.g. partners, links, or promotions) that take place using or facilitated by the Site;
    (c) any liability for losses which are not a foreseeable or likely consequence of (i) your use of the Site, or (ii) a breach of these Terms.
  3. We are not responsible if you cannot access the Site due to any event outside our control, for example (without limitation) the performance of your or our ISP, your browser or the Internet.
  4. These websites rely on Open Source Software (WordPress) and plugins (small software applications) to work including those developed by external providers and sources.
    We use these as they represent (in our opinion) the best Value for Money,  in accordance with our Mission & Goals as a Non-Profit Organisation.
    Whilst we do monitor, and maintain these sites and try to repair bugs, errors: we cannot guarantee that these websites or any individual feature will be error free, available all the time and/or free from viruses. As such, Swan Housing Group cannot be held responsible for any resulting technical issues you may encounter as a result of using any of our websites. It is the responsibility of any users of our websites to ensure that they take any precautions or protection for their own equipment and software.
  5. It should also be noted that the WordPress Software we rely on for the running of these websites; utilises a database to serve the content and information it contains, and whilst we monitor and backup this database on a regular basis; errors and can occur and it is possible for that information to become corrupt, or revert to an earlier revision of that content. As such we cannot guarantee that all the information  is current and correct. (see also item 1. above).

Websites

The websites referred to on this page relate to Swan Housing Association related websites based on WordPress including:

This does NOT include the Swan.org.uk website, or any other websites held or provided by Swan Housing Group. For details on their privacy, liability and terms of use, please refer to those websites and or The Swan Housing Group.

Last edit of this page was 15/10/2014 and included the updating and testing of the relevant links in this page