Cookie policy

I’m off the biscuits for the year. That’s my policy. 

Cookie policy

I’m off the biscuits for the year. That’s my policy.

This site uses cookies

The website uses cookies for Google Analytics, Bing Analytics, and Hotjar heatmaps of site activity. They are just used to help with site performance statistics. I don’t harvest your data or sell it on or anything like that. 

If you use my site, it is implied that you are okay with the cookies. If you have an issue with the cookies, you should be able to disable them in your browser.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information that is downloaded to your device’s hard drive when you visit a site. It records how you use the site so that, when you revisit the site, the site can present options that are tailored for you. Cookies can also be used to analyse web traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes. I use them for analytics.

Nearly all websites use cookies and they do not harm your system. 

The BBC site does a good job of explaining the pros and cons of cookies, so if you would like to find out more, head over to:

If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of this site.

How does Straygoat use cookies? uses cookies to track your use of the website. This helps me to understand how you use the site, so that I can identify any problems and figure out which pages are popular. 

Cookies are either:

  • Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer. 
  • Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. I use persistent cookies for Google Analytics and Bing Analytics.

Some cookies are “strictly necessary”, which means they are essential to how the site works. Without them, the website won’t work properly. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.

There are also “performance” cookies, which are for analytics, such as count visits and monitoring the popularity of pages. 

And finally there are “functionality” cookies that allow the website to remember choices you make. These can be used to provide enhanced features. For instance, news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.

Consent to use cookies

If you continue to use the site, it is seen as implied consent to the use of cookies.

If you do not want to accept cookies, please adjust your browser’s settings. If you can’t find the settings, the website should point you in the right direction for most of the leading browsers:

Other Privacy Info

For information on data protection and all that GDPR-related stuff, please see the Privacy Policy page.

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