Web Browser Cookies Policy

This Cookie Policy explains what cookies are, how we use them on the PSPS website to improve your browsing experience and how you can control your cookie preferences.

The use of cookies on this site is compliant with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as at July 2020. Further information on both can be found on The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website here.

You can at any time change your consent by visiting this page.

For further information on how we use, store and keep your personal data secure, see our Data Protection Policy here.

How can I Control My Cookie Preferences?

You can use the Cookie Control Panel below to see your current cookie preferences and to optionally update them.

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. The cookies are stored on your device when the site is loaded on your browser. These cookies help us make the site function properly, make the site more secure, provide you with a better experience, and to understand how the site performs, analyze what works and where it needs improvement.

How We Use Cookies

As with most of the online services, our site uses cookies that can be categorised as essential and non-essential:

Essential Cookies: Essential cookies enable core functionality such as page navigation and are necessary for the correct operation of this site. They allow us to maintain user sessions and prevent security threats. They do not collect or store any personal information. For example, these cookies allow you to add products to your shopping cart and checkout securely. Third-parties cannot access to these cookies. This site cannot function properly without these cookies and can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences.

Non-Essential Cookies: These cookies store information like the number of visitors to the site, the number of unique visitors, the country of origin, which pages are the most popular, the type of browser being used, etc. This data helps us understand and analyse how well the site performs and where it needs improvement. We use Google Analytics to help us with this and it is completely anonymous.

Cookies We Use

The following two tables detail the essential and non-essential cookies that are used by this site.

Essential Cookies

Name Persistence Description
cart_in_use, comment_author_6 hoursThese temporary cookies support the operation of the shopping cart.
cookies_essential1 yearWhen you first visit this site you will be asked to confirm your cookie preferences. This cookie indicates that you have consented to our use of essential cookies on this site.
cookies_non_essential1 yearWhen you first visit this site you will be asked to confirm your cookie preferences. This cookie indicates whether you have or have not consented to our use of non-essential cookies on this site.
eMember_in_useSessionThis cookie is used by the eMember PSPS membership software to indicate that you have logged in to this site as a Society member.
PHPSESSIDSessionThis temporary cookie is used by the software programming language that underpins this site to establish user sessions and to manage data as you move from one page to another. The cookie is a session cookie and is deleted when you close all of your browser windows.
banner_collapsed1 yearOn the home page of this this site your may choose to hide the ‘preserving and operating paddle steamers’ banner. We use this cookie to remember your choice on this device.
announcement1 yearWhen a special announcement is published on this site we may draw your attention to it by displaying a notification at the top of every page. This cookie is set when you have dismissed or closed the announcement so that it is not displayed to you again.
wfwaf-authcookie-###SessionUsed by the Wordfence endpoint firewall and malware scanner that protects you and this site.
wordpress_logged_in_###SessionUsed by the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) that runs this site and is only relevant to the website management team. This cookie indicates that when you are logged in, and who you are and expires when you log out or your session expires.
wordpress_###SessionThis temporary cookie is used by the WordPress CMS that runs this site. This is only relevant to members of the website management team.
wp_emember_###1 weekThis cookie is used by the eMember PSPS membership software to remember your log in state. This cookie is expires one week after your last log in.
wp-saving-post1 hourAllows members of the website management team to restore data for a post that is currently being edited if a saved version exists.
wp-settings-time-xxx1 yearThis cookie is used by the WordPress CMS to customise the admin interface used by the website management team.
_ga1 yearThis cookie provides usage information to the supplier of the Font Awesome custom font that is used throughout this site.
### represents a value that is obtained by applying a specific mathematical formula – or hash – applied to the username and password. It is to ensure that the input values are safe, and no one can access these data using the cookies as it is difficult to ‘unhash’ the hashed data.

Non-Essential Cookies

Name Persistence Description
_ga, _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmv & _utmzVariesThese cookies are used by Google Analytics to collect non-personally identifiable information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information anonymously, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. You can read more about these cookies and Google privacy policy here.

Third-Party Providers

Some of our pages, for your convenience, allow you to display content from external providers. This includes being able to watch YouTube videos and allowing you to share content through social networks. These services are mostly provided by third parties. If you have an account, or use the services of these third-parties on other websites, then they may be able to know that you have visited our sites. The use of data collected through cookies by those third parties is subject to their own privacy policies; therefore we identify these cookies by the parties setting them. These third-party services are outside of the control of the PSPS.

The third-party providers we use on the PSPS site are listed below with links to their privacy policies:

  • Google Maps to display event locations;
  • YouTube to display videos that may be of interest to visitors;
  • PayPal to process shop and membership purchases;
  • Font Awesome font used to display special characters and icons on this site;
  • BootstrapCDN makes the Font Awesome font accessible world-wide via a Content Delivery Network (CDN).

Third-party providers may, at any time, change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies, etc.