Privacy & Cookies

  1. Online Privacy Practices 
    Your right to privacy is important to us.
    We try hard to ensure a fair balance between your personal privacy and ensuring you obtain full value from our site and learn of things you are likely to be interested in.
    We ensure we comply with all protection the Data Protection Act 2018 gives you. Further information on the Act is here:
  2. Registration 
    When we ask you to provide information it is often (but not only) to enable us to enhance your site visit, or send information on things that we believe will interest you or reply to you after your visit.
    This would include where you subscribe to any online newsletters or provide feedback to us through a contact form or when youcompleteanyon line competition form or survey we may offer from time to time. When you register we ask you the questions set out on that page to obtain your personal information. We may use (and you consent to the use of) your personal data for future e-mail, mailings, phone or other forms of contact, notification of new services, competitions and new versions. We do not disclose or sell your information outside our group.
  3. Security 
    Making sure you can interact safely on line is a priority for us and we have made strenuous efforts to ensure that security is one of our highest priorities and we have devoted a great deal of effort to ensure that our online security measures help to safeguard your information.
    We have no desire to infringe your privacy while using our site and we will never provide your personal information to anyone else except as set out above.
  4. Cookies 
    Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
    Cookie Name Purpose More information
    Google Analytics _utma
    These cookies are used to collect 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 in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site,wherevistorshavecometo the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google
    Harpenden Town Council cookies_accepted To determine if the user has accepted our terms and conditions regarding cookies.  
    Harpenden Town Council PHPSESSID To determine whether the user is logged in to an account or not  

    Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

    To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

  5.  Drone and aerial photography/video
    The Town Council commissions private contractors to perform aerial photography and video in order to better document their assets. Devices used to collect images may include aerial vehicles such as helicopters, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like drones.
    Whilst the data is being captured, the operators will make reasonable efforts to avoid collecting personal data (e.g. identifiable images of persons) and be clearly identifiable as a UAV drone operator. Any filming will not be continuous and will comprise of short clips to the specification required. The areas captured will comprise of land owned and maintained by Harpenden Town Council exclusively.
    Once collected, the data will be stored securely and removed from the device into the custody of Harpenden Town Council. No images of clips which clearly identify any personal data or likeness will be used or stored without consent or informed being provided prior to capture.
    Images will be captured only when the processing is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the Town Council or by the third party or parties to whom the data are disclosed, except where the processing is unwarranted in any particular case by reason of prejudice to the rights and freedoms or legitimate interests of the data subject.
    Consent will be implied in the use of the location where images are being captured knowingly. If at any point this informed consent is withdrawn contact the Town Council to inform us of this.

  6. Further Information on Data Protection and Personal Privacy
    For further information from us on data protection and privacy please contact us:-

    Harpenden Town Council
    Town Hall
    Leyton Road
    AL5 2LX

    Tel: 01582 768278
    Fax: 01582 760026

    Information on the Data Protection Act 2018 is also on the Information Commissioner's website at