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How We Use Cookies

Effective 28 September, 2017

Essex Chambers of Commerce is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.  We aim to be as open and transparent as possible around the information we collect when you visit our website, including through the use of "cookies".  This policy explains what cookies are and how we use them. It also explains the different types of cookies we use, and how you can change or delete them.  We hope that this policy helps you understand, and feel more confident about, our use of cookies. If you have any further queries, please contact us at

For information on how your information is collected and used by Essex Chambers of Commerce generally, please see our Privacy Policy

How we use Cookies

Your privacy is important to us. We are striving to give you full and honest information about the cookies that we use on our site and give you the tools and knowledge to manage them. By continuing to browse our site, you consent to our placing cookies on your computer (unless you have chosen to disable them via your browser (see below). However, if you do not allow cookies on your computer you may not have the best user experience possible. We are working on making further improvements to the ways we use cookies and we will keep this page updated with the progress we make. Please also refer to our Privacy Policy.

What are Cookies?

Technologies on the Internet help us to deliver customised visitor experiences, such as cookies, which may be used by us to provide you with, for example, customised information from our website. A cookie is an element of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then store it on your system. Cookies allow us to understand who has seen which pages and advertisements, to determine how frequently particular pages are visited and to determine the most popular areas of our website. Depending on the type of cookie we use, cookies also allow us to make our website more user-friendly, for example, permanent cookies allow us to save your password so that you do not have to re-enter it every time you visit our website.

Essex Chambers of Commerce may also use cookies to measure traffic patterns and which areas of you have visited and your visiting patterns. This information is sometimes called a 'clickstream'. Essex Chambers of Commerce may use this information to understand how our users navigate our site and to determine common traffic patterns, including what site the user came from.

If you wish, you can usually adjust your browser so that your computer does not accept cookies. If you do this, you will still be able to browse around the site but some functionality will not be available. Alternatively you can adjust your browser to tell you when a website tries to put a cookie on your computer. How you adjust your browser to stop it accepting cookies or to notify you of them, will depend on the type of internet browser program your computer uses (see our section below entitled "How to check cookies are enabled for PCs").

We are giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with relevant legislation, and to make sure we are honest and clear about your privacy when using our website. We know you would expect nothing less from us, and please be assured that we are working on a number of other privacy and cookie-related improvements to the website.

Our Cookie Policy

To make full use of the features on, we suggest you allow cookies when navigating the site.

Our cookies do not store sensitive information such as your name, address, telephone number or payment details: they simply hold the 'key' that, once you are signed in, is associated with this information. However, if you would prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from, or any other website, you can use your browser to do this.

Classification of Cookies

The cookies used in the Service have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC Cookie guide. They are as follows:

Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the Website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the Website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, some functions cannot be provided.

Category 2: Performance Cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a Website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a Website works.

Category 3: Functionality Cookies

These cookies allow the Website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced and more personal features. For instance, a Website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie for the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as a live chat session. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other Websites.

Types of Cookies

Here is a list of the main cookies we use, and what we use them for.

1 x Category 1 CookieControl (essexchambers) which stores session ID and no personal information.
1 x Category 2 CookieControl (cookieconsent_status) which removes the cookie bar at the bottom of the page

We also may use some cookie data for marketing from time to time. However, the approach and elements will vary but what data we use and how we collect it are set out in more detail in our Privacy Policy.

3rd Party Cookies

When you visit, you may notice some cookies that are not related to If you go on to one of our web pages that contains embedded content, for example from YouTube, you may be sent cookies from these third party websites. We do not control the setting of these third party cookies, so we suggest you check the relevant third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

We advertise on 3rd party websites (which use their own cookies) to allow us to track traffic back to the source. Our advertising distribution network is called Adwords and AdSense (owned by Google). Any of our banners that you see on the web are operated and distributed through the Google network. If you click or see these banners, a cookie will be set on your browser.

Other third party cookies which help to improve the performance of our Websites, such as clear gifs, Web Beacons, Google Analytics, provide certain features such as advertising, or to anonymously track usage of our Websites and track the online activity of users.

If you take the opportunity to share content with friends through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter you may be sent cookies from these websites. We do not control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Further information about cookies

If you would like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit (opens in a new window, please note that we cannot be responsible for the content of external websites).

Managing Cookies

If cookies are not enabled on your computer, it could mean your user experience is limited.

To Enable Cookies

If you are not sure of the type and version of web browser you use to access the Internet:

For PCs: click on 'Help' at the top of your browser window and select the 'About' option

For Macs: with the browser window open, click on the Apple menu and select the 'About' option.

How to check cookies are enabled for PCs

Google Chrome
Click on the 'Tools/Menu' button at the top right hand corner of your browser window and select Settings. Click on 'Show advanced settings...' link, locate the 'Privacy' section, and select the 'Content Settings' button. Now select 'Allow local data to be set'.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 & 11.0

Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select 'Internet Options', then click on the 'Privacy' tab. Ensure that your Privacy level is set to Medium or below, which will enable cookies in your browser. Settings above Medium will disable cookies.

Mozilla Firefox 4.0+

Click on the Firefox menu (top left of the browser window) and select 'Options'. Then select the Privacy icon. Click on 'Cookies', then select 'allow sites to set cookies'.

Safari 5.0+

Click on the Cog icon at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option. Click on 'Security', check the option that says 'Block third-party and advertising cookies'. Click 'Save'.

How to check cookies are enabled for Macs

Safari on OSX

Click on 'Safari' at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option. Click on 'Security' then 'Accept cookies'. Select the 'Only from site you navigate to'.

Mozilla and Netscape on OSX

Click on 'Mozilla' or 'Netscape' at the top of your browser window and select the 'Preferences' option. Scroll down until you see cookies under 'Privacy & Security'. Select 'Enable cookies for the originating web site only'.


Click on 'Menu' at the top of your browser window and select 'Settings'. Then select 'Preferences', select the 'Advanced' tab. Then select 'Accept cookies' option.