Cookie Policy – St Paul’s Church, Letchworth

This document should be read in conjunction with and as part of the Privacy Policy. This Cookie Policy informs website users and visitors about cookies which are part of a range of technologies that help this website to achieve the purposes described below. Cookies are small text files that are stored by your internet browser on your device. They do not run programs or execute any code. They can be read by any simple program such as ‘Text Edit’ or ‘Notepad’ which are installed by default on most personal computers. They typically contain the name of the website you have visited, plus a unique code consisting of alphanumerical digits.

They are essential to the running of modern websites, and enable functionality such as logging in, submitting data, or remembering ones place when streaming media such as an online service or sermon. They do this simply by way of a text file stored on your computer that the website can access again when you next visit.

To this end they are sometimes known as ‘cookies’. We do not track you around the internet, our cookies do not tell us anything personal about you or give us any information from your computer. We do not use them for advertising or marketing purposes and cannot use them for monitoring or any nefarious purpose. We only use them for legitimate purposes as detailed in this document.

The cookie banner that will appear asking for your consent will block all but the most strictly essential cookies if you do not explicitly give permission when requested in the cookie banner. You are free not to give this consent, we go to great lengths to make sure as much of the website as possible will work without cookies, however some content or features may not be available. Those content or features that are not available without your explicit consent for cookies to be used are simply because cookies are essential for such features or content to work.

Whenever consent is given for cookies to be used. The consent can be freely withdrawn at any time following the instructions provided in this document.

This Website uses Cookies managed directly by ChurchWeb for the purposes of providing services and content held directly on the website, and for providing other services and content provided by a third-party.

We can’t control third-party cookies, and so we keep content and services that need them to a minimum. We do not use or allow advertising or marketing services on websites hosted or provided by us for the Church. These are typically the sources of third-party cookies that can cause privacy concerns.

Third-party providers may access the Cookies left by them. This document provides assistance in removing these and withdrawing your consent for them to be used.

The validity and expiration periods of Cookies and other similar Cookies may vary. Some of them may expire upon termination of the User’s browsing session.

In addition to what’s specified in the descriptions within each of the categories below, Users can obtain more precise and updated information regarding lifetime specification as well as any other relevant information – such as the presence of other Cookies – in the linked privacy policies of the respective third-party providers or by contacting ChurchWeb.

Activities strictly necessary for the operation of this Website and delivery of the Service

This Website uses so-called “technical” Cookies and other similar Cookies to carry out activities that are strictly necessary for the operation or delivery of the Service.

Third-party Cookies

  • Spam protection This type of service analyzes the traffic of this Website, potentially containing Users’ Personal Data, with the purpose of filtering it from parts of traffic, messages and content that are recognized as SPAM. Google reCAPTCHA (Google LLC) Google reCAPTCHA is a SPAM protection service provided by Google LLC.
    The use of reCAPTCHA is subject to the Google privacy policy and terms of use. Personal Data processed: Cookies and Usage Data. Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy.

Other activities involving the use of third party cookies

Experience enhancement

This Website uses Cookies to provide a personalized user experience by improving the quality of preference management options, and by enabling interaction with external networks and platforms.

Displaying content from external platforms

This type of service allows you to view content hosted on external platforms directly from the pages of this Website and interact with them.
We take steps to limit this where possible, but this type of service might still collect web traffic data for the pages where the service is installed, even when Users do not use it. It isn’t possible to list every third party service that content posted by a church may link to, but the most common ones in use on ChurchWeb operated websites are:

  • YouTube (Google Ireland Limited) YouTube is a cloud video platform provided by Google Ireland Limited that allows this Website to incorporate content held on its service on the pages of this website. Personal Data processed: Cookie and Usage Data. Place of processing: Ireland – Privacy Policy.
  • Vimeo (Vimeo, Inc.) Vimeo is a cloud video platform provided by Vimeo, Inc, that allows this Website to incorporate content held on its service on the pages of this website. Personal Data processes: Cookie and Usage Data. Place of processing: USA – Privacy Policy.


The services contained in this section enable the Owner to monitor and analyze web traffic and can be used to determine behavioural aspects including the country from which the website is accessed, the type of device being used, how long people stay in a particular part of the website. Any unique identifier such as an IP address, if obtained is anonymised before the data is processed. It cannot be used to identify you or your location in a geographical area smaller than the country or state from which you are accessing the website.

Analytics help the church to tailor their content and identify any problems.

Google Analytics (Google LLC)

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google LLC (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of this Website, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services.
Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

Personal Data processed: Cookies and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy PolicyOpt Out.

How to manage preferences and provide or withdraw consent

There are various ways to manage Cookie related preferences and to provide and withdraw consent, where relevant:

Users can manage preferences related to Cookies from directly within their own device settings, for example, by preventing the use or storage of Cookies.

Additionally, whenever the use of Cookies is based on consent, Users can provide or withdraw such consent by setting their preferences within the cookie notice or by updating such preferences accordingly via the relevant consent-preferences widget, if available.

It is also possible, via relevant browser or device features, to delete previously stored Cookies, including those used to remember the User’s initial consent.

Other Cookies in the browser’s local memory may be cleared by deleting the browsing history.

With regard to any third-party Cookies, Users can manage their preferences and withdraw their consent via the related opt-out link (where provided), by using the means indicated in the third party’s privacy policy, or by contacting the third party.

Locating Cookie Settings

Users can, for example, find information about how to manage Cookies in the most commonly used browsers at the following addresses:

Users may also manage certain categories of Cookies used on mobile apps by opting out through relevant device settings, such as the device advertising settings for mobile devices, or tracking settings in general (Users may open the device settings, view and look for the relevant setting).

Owner and Data Controller

Owner contact email:

We operate and host the website on behalf of the church. The church is responsible for the day to day running of the site, and it’s content. Data or information such as analytics or personal data submitted via a contact form on the website may be shared between and the Church either manually or automatically. ChurchWeb is not responsible and accepts no liability for any onward useage or data sharing by the Church. Any enquiries about onward usage of data once it has bene provided from ChurchWeb to the Church should be addressed to the Church.

Since the use of third-party Cookies through this Website cannot be fully controlled by the Owner, any specific references to third-party Cookies are to be considered indicative. In order to obtain complete information, Users are kindly requested to consult the privacy policies of the respective third-party services listed in this document.

Given the objective complexity surrounding tracking technologies, Users are encouraged to contact the Owner should they wish to receive any further information on the use of such technologies by this Website.

Definitions and legal references

Personal Data (or Data)

Any information that directly, indirectly, or in connection with other information — including a personal identification number — allows for the identification or identifiability of a natural person.

Usage Data

Information collected automatically through this Website (or third-party services employed in this Website), which can include: the IP addresses or domain names of the computers utilized by the Users who use this Website, the URI addresses (Uniform Resource Identifier), the time of the request, the method utilized to submit the request to the server, the size of the file received in response, the numerical code indicating the status of the server’s answer (successful outcome, error, etc.), the country of origin, the features of the browser and the operating system utilized by the User, the various time details per visit (e.g., the time spent on each page within the Application) and the details about the path followed within the Application with special reference to the sequence of pages visited, and other parameters about the device operating system and/or the User’s IT environment.


The individual using this Website who, unless otherwise specified, coincides with the Data Subject.

Data Subject

The natural person to whom the Personal Data refers.

Data Processor (or Data Supervisor)

The natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes Personal Data on behalf of the Controller, as described in this privacy policy.

Data Controller (or Owner)

The natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of Personal Data, including the security measures concerning the operation and use of this Website. The Data Controller, unless otherwise specified, is the Owner of this Website.

This Website (or this Application)

The means by which the Personal Data of the User is collected and processed.


The service provided by this Website as described in the relative terms (if available) and on this site/application.

European Union (or EU)

Unless otherwise specified, all references made within this document to the European Union include all current member states to the European Union and the European Economic Area.


Cookies are text files consisting of small sets of data stored in the User’s browser.

Legal information

This privacy statement has been prepared based on provisions of multiple legislations, including Art. 13/14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation).

This Cookie Policy relates solely to the Website and forms part of the Privacy Policy.

Latest update: 16th October 2021

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