Privacy and Cookies

Privacy and Cookies

Safeguarding your privacy

Visit Lincoln will not use the personal information collected on this website for any purpose other than that specified. Visit Lincoln declares that all information will be treated confidentially and in accordance with the legal provisions concerning data protection. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.

What information do we collect?

We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal data:

  • Information about your visits to and use of this website
  • Information completed in Contact or Registration forms.


Information about website visits

We may collect information about your computer and your visits to this website such as your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views. We may use this information in the administration of this website, to improve the website’s usability, and for marketing purposes.



Using your personal data

Personal data submitted on this website will be used for the purposes specified in this privacy policy In addition to the uses identified elsewhere in this privacy policy, we may use your personal information to:

  • Improve your browsing experience by personalising the website
  • Send information (including marketing communications) to you which we think may be of interest to you by post or by email or similar technology.

Other disclosures. In addition to the disclosures reasonably necessary for the purposes identified elsewhere in this privacy policy, we may disclose information about you:

  • To the extent that we are required to do so by law
  • In connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings
  • In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).

Except as provided in this privacy policy, we will not provide your information to third parties.



Security of your personal data

We will take reasonable precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.



Policy amendments

We may update this privacy policy from time-to-time by posting a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes.



Third party websites

The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies of third party websites.



Contact

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or our treatment of your personal data, or you wish to opt-out of our communications, please write to us by email at joel@visitlincoln.com.

You have the right to see what personal data we hold about you. To obtain a copy of the personal information we hold about you, please write to us at Data Protection Representative, Lincoln Visitor Information Centre, 9 Castle Hill, Lincoln, LN1 3AA.



What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.



How do cookies work?

A website's cookies store information on your user device, which then gets sent back to that website each time you visit. Sometimes this information is essential to access a website's functions - for example if you need to log in, a cookie will allow the website to recognise your log-in details.

Cookies can also be used to build a profile of your activity on a website - which pages you visit, how long you spend on each page. A website may then use this information to tailor the pages that you see when you visit the site in the future.



How do we use cookies?

We use cookies for two purposes:

  1. To track your 'session state' so that when you interact with our website it is able to retrieve data that is specific to you.
  2. To create statistical data about how our visitors find and use our website. This allows us to improve the performance of the website. The information we collect is anonymous, it cannot be used to identify you personally.

A list of the cookies used by this website, and their purpose, is provided below.



Can I control or delete cookies?

All recent versions of popular browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox) allow you to control cookies. You can set your browser to accept or reject all, or certain cookies. You might, for example, be happy to accept a cookie that allows you to log in to a website, but prefer to reject any which are used to build a profile of your internet usage. You can also set your browser to prompt you each time a cookie is offered.

For more information, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details 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 will need to refer to your handset manual.

This website also provides you with the controls to Allow or Disable Cookies. These controls can be found at the top left of this page.

Please note that if you restrict or delete cookies used by this website then it may not function as intended.



Cookies used by our site

Essential cookies

Web site

These cookies are used to store anonymous user-specific data in order to maintain a session state for the visitor. Our site uses this data to process requests, such as submitting a Contact Us enquiry. Some functions of the site depend on these cookies and may not work properly, or at all, if they are disabled.

Name Where is it used? Typical content Expires
visitlincoln_tracker All pages Contains the last 5 pages you have viewed on our site. This is essential for displaying error and thank you messages when completing forms on our site, such as the Contact Us form. End of session.
visitlincoln_last_visit All pages The Date of your last visit to our site. 1 year
visitlincoln_last_activity All pages Records the time of the last page you viewed on our site. 1 year
visitlincoln_cookies_allowed All pages Indicates whether you have given for cookies to be set on our site. 1 year

Performance cookies

Google Analytics

These cookies are used to identify new and returning visitors to our site, how long visitors stay on our site and how they reached our site. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so we can understand how visitors arrive at our web site and how long they stay for. To prevent Google Analytics cookies being set, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On.

Name Where is it used? Typical content Expires
__utma All pages Created upon your first visit to our web site using a randomly generated number. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to our web site. 2 years from set/update
__utmb All pages Created to establish your user session on our site, using a randomly generated number. When you view a page on our site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes. 30 minutes from set/update
__utmz All pages This cookie stores the way in which you reached our site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a site search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within our site. The cookie is updated each time you view a page on our site. 6 months from set/update


Functionality cookies

Google Translate

Google Translate sets two cookies through our website. These are third party cookies that would register on other websites that check for the existence of a translate cookie.

Name Where is it used? Typical content Expires
NID All pages The cookie stores the translation preference. When you close your browser
PREF All pages This is the Google cookie containing: ID - a browser identifier; TM - a timestamp of when the cookie was created; LM - a timestamp of when the browser preferences were last changed; S - a digital signature generated by Google which works in combination with page address settings. On the Google books site for example, it is used to only show you a few pages of the book from the page you started reading. 2 years from set/update
ShareThis

Many of our pages include a ShareThis button, which allows you to share our content via email, Twitter, Facebook etc. These cookies enable that service to work smoothly.

Name Where is it used? Typical content Expires
_stid All pages A random unique identifier and is used to associated users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share. Unknown
_uset All pages Used to indicate when a user has been cookied so that the task is not repeated in the next 8 hours. Expires after 8 hours
_unam All pages Counts number of unique users that share content and how many page views are generated from the resulting share. Unknown
Disqus

We use Disqus to allow commenting on the Visit Lincoln blog and our listings for Things to do, Places to stay, Food and Drink, Study and Business venues.



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