Privacy and Cookie Policy

Privacy Policy

Website Visitors
Like most website operators, collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. EDVVS’ purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how EDVVS’ visitors use its website.

EDVVS also collects potentially personally identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. does not use IP addresses to identify its visitors, and does not disclose such information.

Personally Identifiable Information
Certain visitors to EDVVS choose to interact with in ways that require to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who use add a comment on a post to provide a name and email address.

In each case, collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities, like providing a comment on a post.

All of the information that is collected on will be handled in accordance with GDPR legislation.

Third Party Links
The EDVVS website contains links to other websites provided by third parties not under our control. When following a link and providing information to a 3rd-party website, please be aware that we are not responsible for the data provided to that third party. This privacy policy only applies to the website, so when you visit other websites, even when you click on a link posted on, you should read their own privacy policies.

Aggregated Statistics
EDVVS may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to its website. For instance, identifying how many times a particular page or post is viewed, or report on which newsletters are the most popular, based on data gathered. However to achieve this does not utilise any personally-identifying information.

Cookie Policy

What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ‘session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (‘third party cookies’).

Cookies set by
We use cookies for a number of different purposes. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons. Some of these cookies may be set when a page is loaded, or when a visitor takes a particular action (clicking a Facebook ‘like’ or ‘follow’ button on a post, for example).

Below the different categories of cookies set by are outlined, with specific examples detailed in the tables that follow. This includes their name and purpose.

Strictly Necessary: These are the cookies that are essential for to perform basic functions. These include those required to allow Society Members to access restricted content.
Functionality: These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as language or font size.
Performance: Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. These details are only used to improve how the website functions.
Tracking: These are set by trusted third party networks to track details such as the number of unique visitors, and pageviews to help improve the user experience.
Third Party/Embedded Content: may make use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These includes social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from YouTube. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.

wp-postpass-xxxx7 daysAllow access to restricted contentStrictly Necessary
ppw_master7 daysAllow access to restricted contentStrictly Necessary
_ga2 yearsGoogle Analytics – Used to distinguish users.Tracking & Performance
_gat_1 minuteGoogle Analytics – Used to distinguish users.Tracking & Performance
_gid24 hoursGoogle Analytics – Used to distinguish users.Tracking & Performance
showComments10 yearsUsed to determine if you prefer comments to be shown or hidden when reading the site.Functionality
testCookie1 dayTesting cookie functionalityFunctionality

Controlling Cookies
Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies, or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behaviour such as the length of time they are stored through built-in functionality.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit For more details on advertising cookies, and how to manage them, visit (EU based), or (US based).

See also, the specific opt-out programs for Google Analytics –

It’s important to note that restricting or disabling the use of cookies can limit the functionality of, or prevent it from working correctly at all (such as preventing access to secured content).

Last updated: January 2023