A cookie is a piece of data sent to your device from a website which is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you, and this information may also be shared with third parties/other websites. This means the website can recognise your device if you return to the same website. For example, if you complete a contact us form, a cookie helps us to recall your information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as your email address. When you return to our websites, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the features that you customized.
Cookies are not used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Some cookies expire at the end of your website session; others remain on your computer for longer.
Tracking pixels are transparent graphic images (sometimes called web beacons or tracking beacons) that are placed on certain pages of our website. A tracking pixel collects certain electronic information from your webpage’s header, such as your IP address or browser and your location, which may be forwarded to an advertising platform for the purpose of providing advertising to you that is based on your personal interests. We also use tracking pixels provided by certain tools to allow us to see how you interact with our email marketing or website.
The exact names of cookies we use on our websites may change over time, however, the descriptions below set out the types of cookies that operate on our websites. You can obtain an up to date list of the cookies we use by contacting us at email@example.com
We may combine the information we collect through cookies and pixel tags with other information we have collected from you, based on our legitimate interest, as this information may be used to improve our website, personalize your online experience, tailor our communications with you, determine the effectiveness of our advertising, and for other internal business purposes.
Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics. The information generated by the Google Analytics cookie (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the websites, compiling reports on activity and providing other services relating to activity and internet usage. For more information on the cookies set by Google Analytics see: Cookies and Google Analytics. You may opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites – to do so please go to https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We may also use other technologies with similar functionality to cookies, such as web beacons and tracking URLs, including in emails to determine whether a recipient opened the email or accessed a certain link.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. You can also set your browser to alert you when a website sets or accesses cookies. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how to do this.
Links providing information regarding how you can control access to cookies for the major browsers are provided below:
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies. In addition, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) also provides a website that allows you to opt-out of cookies (and/or pixels) for various participating companies at www.optout.aboutads.info. The Network Advertising Initiative also provides an opt-out page at http://optout.networkadvertising.org/?c=1. It is also possible to opt-out of Google’s Ad Personalisation here: https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated?hl=en#display_optout
If you wish to view a cookie’s code, just open your cookie file in your browser and click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your device manual.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our websites.
If you have any queries about this policy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Effective 8 January 2020.