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This is our current understanding of data protection and privacy requirements for protecting your use of our website. However legal directives and their interpretation are evolving, and we are monitoring the situation to make sure we make the necessary arrangements to maintain compliance.

Website Cookies
Cookies are small amounts of information that websites store on the device that you browse with. These may remain until you close your browser, or persist for a longer defined period.

Some cookies are set by the website you are visiting, such as our Members’ cookie. Others are set by third parties, such as Google and Twitter in our case. These are explained further below.

Your browser should have settings that allow you to block some or all of these cookies should you require.

The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individual residents of the European Union and the European Economic Area. In the UK it replaced the previous 1995 EU Data Protection Directive.

Enshrined in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights is the right to the protection of personal data, access to personal data which has been collected and the right to have it rectified.

The Sherborne Museum website does not store or process any personal information about site visitors as defined in the GDPR.

The GDPR does not specifically refer to cookies. These are covered by the EU 2002 ePrivacy Directive - the so called 'cookies law'.

This Directive is in the process of being overhauled as a new ePR (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications). This will replace the UK’s PECR (Privacy and Electronic Communications (EU Directive) Regulations 2003). There are indications that the new EU Directive will require website vistors to actively permit cookies to be set on their devices, whether or not they contain personal data.

Our cookies
Our Museum website uses one cookie (member_cookie) for Sherborne Museum Association members who use our Members' Area. It is set to indicate that they have logged in successfully. This is so that the website remembers this and allows the user to navigate the site without needing to log in again during that session. The logon details are not specific to named users and the cookie does not contain any information related to the user; it is removed when the browser is closed.

We also set a cookie if you have chosen to display our Twitter feed, as described below.

Google Analytics
We need to be able to inform stakeholders about the number of visitors that use our site and other metrics including how visitors arrive at the site and which of our pages were visited. We also like to know the type of browsers that visitors use, to help us improve the design of our site. For these purposes we use Google Analytics, the most widely used website statistics service.

Under GDPR, IP addresses are considered personal data. We therefore instruct Google to anonymize your IP address. This still enables us to identify the broad geographic location of users but does not allow individuals or their addresses to be identified. We also do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data nor do we use Google Analytics' advertising or user-id features.

At the time of writing Google uses a number of cookies for this purpose, named _gat_gtag..., _ga and _gid.

Twitter feed
Our home page has the option to display a live Twitter feed if your browser settings allow it. As the Twitter service uses a number of cookies that are outside our control, we ask for your permission to display the Museum's tweets.

As you do not have javascript enabled, the Twitter option is not available to you and these cookies aren't used.

Useful Links (all open in a new window)
To understand Twitter’s cookie policy and details of their privacy options, please refer to their cookie guidelines

To learn more about how to delete and control cookies, please visit All About

To find out how to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics on any website visit Google’s opt out page

To understand more about personal information protection, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website

Sherborne Museum’s Data Protection Policy page

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