Website Usage Privacy Policy

Your privacy on the internet is important to us.
As part of your use of our website, we may gather certain types of information about Parish Council website users.
We would like to explain below a little bit about the types of information we collect and how we may or may not use it.

Information collected by Sowerby Parish Council

Depending on your interaction with the website, we may collect and/or use two types of data;

  1. Personal data (such as names and email addresses)
  2. Aggregated data (such as information on traffic patterns)

Personal Data

Personal data is collected when users provide personal data to Sowerby Parish Council by contacting us using either our contact form or by traditional email.

Aggregated Information

Aggregated information, such as which pages users access or visit may be collected through various methods.
For example, Sowerby Parish Council may use your IP address (this is anonymous) to feed into analytics systems to improve our services to you as our parishioners, and provide us with valuable information as to which pages are being used and viewed for operational reasons.
The information provided is completely anonymous and contains no personal data.

External links

Sowerby Parish Council website contains links to other external websites for your reference.
This privacy policy applies only to our own website, so care should always be taken when you are moving to another website, and if you have any concerns you shoudl read through their privacy policies also.
Sowerby Parish Council accepts no responsibility or liability for the usage and/or content of these sites.
We do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other site or any third parties without your express permission.


When you visit our website, we may collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns, using the Internet standard Google analytics platform.
We use this information purely to analyse whicj of our websiet services are the most visited which enable sus to continually improve our services to you and the information to which you are permitted access.

We do not store any of this data outside of the Googel Analytics platform and never pass any data onto any third party.

What are Cookies?

Cookies are text files placed on your computer by websites you visit.
You may delete and block cookies if you wish from this site.
If you would like further information relating to cookies and what they do and how to delete them, please visit

Use of this site signifies your agreement to this privacy policy.

Your Rights - The Data Protection Act

Under the Data Protection Act we have a legal duty to protect any personal information we collect from you.
We do not pass on your details to any third party unless you give us permission to do so or the law requires/permits it.
We are committed to respecting your privacy.
We have structured our website so that, in general, you can visit it without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information.
Once you choose to provide us with any information by which you can be identified, then you can be assured that it will only be used for the purpose for which it was originally collected or compatible purposes.

All data which we hold is subject to compliance with our operational GDPR policies.