Cookies – GDPR For Hotels

Cookies

Using Website Cookies

A “cookie” is a small text file.  It is placed on the browser of your website visitor, by your website.

Some cookies can be classed as “personal data” in that they can potentially be used to identify private individuals.

The GDPR states that the user has to give “consent” to allow the cookies to be used.

The problem is that most websites won’t work if you don’t allow certain cookies to operate.  What GDPR seeks to do is prevent some of the more aggressive cookies from tracking your movement around a website and beyond.

Cookie Control

This website uses a cookie management tool to help manage the relationship with website visitors.  The current thinking is that compliance with the GDPR can be achieved using a “soft opt-in” consent model.  This means the possible use of cookies is made clear to you when you first visit a website.  Fair notice is given and your continuing use of the website is regarded as an “affirmative action” indicating your consent to use cookies.

However the approach to controlling the use of cookies is constantly evolving and the new method is for you, as a website user, to be able to set your preferences for the website without having to resort to your browser settings.  One of the main reasons for this being that not many people actually know much about how to adjust settings on their web browsers.  So if you are expecting people to know how to make informed choices about the use of cookies to record aspects of their visit to your website, you might be asking a lot.

There are other cookie management systems.  Where possible we will demonstrate them on the website.  However your membership means that essential cookies are in use (for example the one that remembers whether or not you are logged in)