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This website does not collect nor retain any personally identifiable information regarding users; however, some data is collected and retained in common with most other websites. These are explained below:

Cookies

Cookies are strings of text that are transferred between the user's web browser and the website every time a new page is requested. This allows the site to 'track' a user - but only in one session. Each time a new session begins, a new cookie will be generated, replacing the previous one.

Information from these cookies is used to map trends in usage and can be used to understand how users interact with the website. This data has been used to refine the user experience; for example, the 'calendar' now used as the homily landing page was introduced based on analysis of how users behaved when faced with the old 'liturgical' index.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is web-based software which is used by this site to allow analysis of user behaviour, and is widely used across the world wide web - most sites will have this or similar software in use. The amount of data which can be collected via this system is quite significant but is not personalised. The administrator cannot tell who an individual person is and would not try to. This software can prove invaluable however; for example, refinements of the website display on tablets and devices with smaller screens has been driven by analysis of the browser types and screen size which are commonly used to access the site.

You as a user have the right to opt out of this data collection; most browsers allow the blocking of tracking by using a 'private mode', and some anti-virus software can disable Analytics codes being used on websites. For information on data use by Google, go to their data privacy policy (link as of October 2016). To opt out, Google offers a browser plug in, which can be found here.

It is the policy of this website to use the software and it is your responsibility as a user to block it. We do not have the means to block it on an individual basis.