A note about AFS Analytics (formerly Addfreestats) and GoStats
Cookie Usage and Privacy
As I cannot use server-based scripts and have no access to server logs, I use the services of AFS Analytics and GoStatsto discover which pages on this site attract visitors.
I have no control over the AFS Analytics and GoStats servers, which are located in the USA. No pages on this website rely upon cookies and when visiting this site you may deny all cookies without reducing your experience of this site. AFS Analytics and GoStats seem to use the cookie to report the difference between new and returning visitors.
Firefox browser users may find that the add-on Addblock Plus with the Easylist subscription will block AFS Analytics, GoStats and many other cookies. Users of Chrome-based browsers can also use the U-Block extension.
How to manage and delete cookies
The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
The ICO lists AFS Analytics and GoStats cookies as "third party cookies" - and these originate from a USA domain, so may not be covered by the UK's The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.
The regulations state:
"For the purposes of paragraph (2), consent may be signified by a subscriber who amends or sets controls on the internet browser which the subscriber uses or by using another application or programme to signify consent."
The ICO has advised re third party cookies:
"Some websites allow third parties to set cookies on a user's device. Obviously, the process of getting consent for these cookies is more complex and our view is that everyone has a part to play in making sure that the user is aware of what is being collected and by whom.
We would advise anyone whose website allows or uses third party cookies to make sure that they are doing everything they can to get the right information to users and that they are allowing users to make informed choices about what is stored on their device.
This may be the most challenging area in which to achieve compliance with the new rules and we are working with industry and other European data protection authorities to assist in addressing complexities and finding the right answers."
Privacy groups, which pushed for greater regulation on cookies, want to see users able to give consent to every cookie presented to them. Users of the Opera browser should select Tools from the Menu bar, then select Preferences, select the Advanced tab, and then select Cookies. In the right hand pane select "Ask me before accepting cookies" and the Opera browser will ask you before accepting each cookie. You can also use the Content- Manage Site Preferences controls (right click when on a page blank area) to accept cookies from particular domains, avoiding having to be asked each time.
On 24th May 2011, the Department of Culture Media and Sport gave certain advices regarding consent. The word "prior" does not occur in Article 5(3) of the Directive, and it therefore does not appear in the UK transposition. Crucially, there is no indication in the definition as to when that consent may be given, and so it is possible that consent may be given after or during processing.
It is the view of Government, reflected in the Information Commissioner's advice, that the regulation should therefore be understood to read that if a subscriber or user is able to signify consent through the amending or setting of a browser (assuming they are provided with appropriate information), they "may" also signify consent through choosing not to amend settings or controls of a browser.
Detailed notes about cookie use and information storage
This information is used to identify which pages on this website are receiving visitors and need to be maintained. Visitor IP information is recorded by AFS Analytics and GoStats but is only used by me to identify the country the visitor is from, useful for directing some content.
To maintain visitors' privacy, the stats kept by AFS Analytics and GoStats for this web site are not being made publicly available
"Use of Information:
AFS Analytics does not sell any collected information to third parties. Information is obtained solely for statistical purposes."