Cookies and privacy

On May 26th 2012 a European Union directive officially titled the e-Privacy Directive came into effect in the UK. It requires websites to inform their visitors about any cookies present and that's the purpose of this page.


The London Sound Survey uses cookies, as almost all websites do, although their use is kept to an absolute minimum. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites. On this website they fall into two classes.


These are set by the content management system ExpressionEngine. It organises all the site's material and generates the webpages you can see.

ExpressionEngine sets a small number of cookies, most of which will remain present only for the duration of your visit to the site. One or two others persist beyond your visit and they're normally used as part of ExpressionEngine's comments system, and for some other features which you won't encounter, such as logging into a members' area.

None of these cookies will collect any personally identifiable or sensitive information, or pass personally identifiable data to third parties.


The second class of cookies involves the array of social sharing buttons which you can see towards the top right-hand corner of every web page. The buttons and their functionality are provided by a commercial enterprise called ShareThis. Using the buttons will set cookies that compile information about what sharing service you select and the webpages you then visit. This is done in a way which does not personally identify you.

You can read more about it on the ShareThis privacy policy page. It includes an opt-out button, and you can also stop their cookies tracking where you go by clicking on the green, right-most icon, and then selecting Do not track from the lower right-hand corner of the pop-up box.

The London Sound Survey uses ShareThis entirely out of convenience. It makes it possible for you to share webpages you like with social networks in ways that are beyond my technical capability to build from scratch.


If the settings on your software your browser are adjusted to accept cookies, then I take this, and your continued use of the London Sound Survey website, to mean that you don't object.

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites, and it may affect how well the London Sound Survey website works, too.