LCC has a duty of care of the information that citizens and businesses provide. The Data Protection Act, Human Rights Act and other legislation require that privacy be respected.
Data protection and privacy is a sensitive issue for Internet users. Encryption of user’s personal data makes sure that if information is intercepted or sent to the wrong person, it cannot be read. Encryption provides confidentiality and trust and is a pre-requisite for on-line transactions.
Where personal information is collected using an online form, the form must contain (or link to a statement) explaining how the data collected via that form will be used. Under the Data Protection Act it is not enough to simply have a 'blanket' statement - you must be specific in each case.
The LCC website has a P3P statement that states that 'Cookies store no personal data and are not used to gather personal information'. See this link for an explanation of P3P: http://www.w3.org/TR/xmldsig-p3p-profile/#sec-Introduction