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Middlesbrough Council is strongly committed to preserving your privacy. The information below outlines our policy on the collection and use of visitor information.


  • We don't share your information with other companies without your prior permission.
  • Email - we will only send you emails if you specifically give us your consent to do so.
  • By submitting content to the website you agree for us to publicise your content and verify that you understand content may be edited or remain unused.

Personal Information

If you register to receive information in the form of emails and e-newsletters, we will ask you to provide us with some basic details about yourself which we will handle in accordance with the United Kingdom's Data Protection legislation. We maintain strict security standards and procedures with a view to preventing unauthorised access to your data by anyone, including our staff. We use leading technologies such as (but not limited to) data encryption, fire walls and server authentication to protect the security of your data. All Group companies, all our staff and whenever we hire third parties to provide support services, we will require them to observe our privacy standards and to allow us to audit them for compliance.

Please be advised that sending emails or information electronically is not totally secure. Whilst Middlesbrough Council endeavours to protect your privacy and personal data, we are not responsible for the security of any information during transmission.


Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your computer's hard disc for record keeping purposes. Cookies can make the web more useful by storing information about your preferences on particular sites, thus enabling website owners to provide more useful features for their users.

They contain no name or address information or any information that will enable anyone to contact you via telephone, e-mail or any other means.

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you would prefer, you can set your browser to disable cookies or inform you when they are set. However, given that we may sometimes use cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of our website if you do disable them.

Our website uses two kinds of cookies.

Session cookies, which are integral to the operation of the website, are stored in your computer's memory temporarily and get deleted when you terminate your current session on the website.

Persistent cookies, which are stored on your machine until they expire at their preconfigured expiry date, that are in use on our website are described below.

Flash cookies (also known as local share objects)

Flash cookies are used in embedded videos available on content pages throughout the site. Flash cookies are used in the same way as other cookies – to store information you provide in terms of settings or preferences. 

To remove or disable a Flash cookie, visit the Flash Player security and privacy section on the Adobe website. Here you will find detailed guidance on how to delete or disable Flash cookies, either for a specific domain or for all websites. However, some of the content will cease to work properly if Flash cookies are disabled.

Google cookies

This site uses Google/YouTube cookies to record information about which pages you have landed on and how you have navigated through the site. This data enables us to understand:

  • Which pages people visit on the site
  • Which devices and internet browsers are being used
  • What is popular

Additionally, we use a Google Translate API cookie to store your translation preferences for a specific page should you choose to use the translation service available to you using Google Translate.

For more information visit Google Privacy Center: transparency and choice,  YouTube's privacy policy.

Note: Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.  This means Google will not associate your activity on websites using analytics with other information they may hold as part of your google account or with searches you make on their search engine.

Facebook cookies 

There may be some occasions when we would use a Facebook "social plug in" tool to add various Facebook functions to our site, for example the "Like button". When we do this, Facebook sets browser cookies when a user visits a page on our site which includes an embedded Facebook function. Additionally, if the user is already logged into Facebook then Facebook will know that the user has visited our site.

Add This cookies

Add This enables you to share stories and pages from our website via social media or email. A new feature of Add This recommends stories to you. Their privacy policy can be found at:

How to enable and disable cookies using your browser

This website does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. We do use them to improve the functionality of the website for you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by this website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. see below.

Google Chrome

  • Click on the ‘wrench’ icon on the browser (usually found top-right corner) to open the tools menu
  • From the tools menu select ‘Options’
  • Click the ‘Under the Hood’ tab from the menu on the left.
  • In the ‘Privacy’ section, select the ‘Content settings’ button
  • To enable cookies: select ‘Allow local data to be set’ option
  • To disable cookies: select ‘Block all cookies’ option
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Chrome. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Chrome, refer to the following page from Google:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 

  • Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select 'Internet Options'
  • In the options window navigate to the 'Privacy' tab
  • To enable cookies: Set the slider to ‘Medium’ or below
  • To disable cookies: Move the slider to the top to block all cookies
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Explorer. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Internet Explorer, refer to the following page from Microsoft:

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click on 'Tools' at the browser menu and select ‘Options’
  • Select the Privacy panel
  • To enable cookies: Check ‘Accept cookies for sites’
  • To disable cookies: Uncheck at ‘Accept cookies for sites’ 
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Firefox. For more information, refer to the following page from Mozilla:

Safari on OSX

  • Click on 'Safari'  at the menu bar and select the 'Preferences' option
  • Click on 'Security'
  • To enable cookies: In the 'Accept cookies' section select 'Only from site you navigate to'
  • To disable cookies: In the ‘Accept cookies’ section select ‘Never’
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Safari. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Safari, refer to the following page from Apple:

All other browsers

Please look for a “help” function in the browser or contact the browser provider.