UPDATE 2018: Addfreestats are withdrawing their services from June 2018. There are an awful lot of pages on this website to remove reference to them, the work is in progress. The following remains for the time being but they have indicated that in any case the links will fail and no records be kept.
As we cannot use server based scripts and have no access to server logs, we use the services of addfreestats to discover which pages on this site attract visitors. This site does NOT serve any advertisements nor do we accept paid for links nor accept funds from addfreestats.
Rechecking on 6th April 2012 showed that a cookie was sent to your PC by addfreestats by using this external image / script (with an expiry date of eleven years!!) which can only be accessed by the addfreestats servers. We have no control over the addfreestats 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. Addfreestats seem to use the cookie to report the difference between repeat and new visitors.
The cookie set by addfreestats is in the format 842281x3240x50y and is set by www9.addfreestats.com. They do not explain the content of the cookie but it looks to be a note of the site you have visited, the date you last visited and the visitor number for the date (eg you may be the 50th visitor) thereby making it a unique visitor number although the cookie itself contains no personal information, and is only readable by the addfreestats server. The cookie allows addfreestats to say you have visited the site previously and the number of days since your last visit.
Firefox browser users may find that the add-on Adblock Plus with the Easylist subscription will block addfreestats and many other cookies. A possibly better extension for several browsers is uBlock Origin.
Read about how to manage and delete cookies on several browsers and O/S.
Additionally, your browser may offer more sophisticated controls, for example you may be able to set your browser to refuse third party cookies, or to tell it to ask you each time it is asked to set a cookie
Read about The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
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 addfreestats 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 addfreestats for this web site are not being made publicly available. No links on this site generate any revenue to the site owner.
Sample of the data addfreestats collects from your web request (http header).
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.
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.
As we are contractually forbidden to amend the addfreestats scripts, cannot use server side scripting, and have no access to server side log files, if more detailed guidance when it comes is that having external links that set cookies on initial page loading is forbidden, then we will have to remove the addfreestats links and plod on without knowing if anyone visits our site or what pages interest them.
Happy to engage in dialogue on this issue.