What is a cookie
Cookies are small, often encrypted text files that are created and stored on a users computer or mobile device by a website’s server when you access the website. The website can then retrieve and read the data held to “remember” you and provide certain functions.
The amount of data held in the cookie determines what functionality it provides and can range from simply remembering the items selected on a previous page through to remembering which items were bought from another site and providing advertising for similar products.
The different cookies used can be classified into four types:
- Essential- these cookies are necessary to enable you to move about a website or to provide certain features requested.
- Analytic Performance Cookies- these cookies are used to collect data on how a site is being used to enable the owners to tailor the sites structure of content. The data collected is normally anonymous and may be analysed by a third party, e.g. Google.
- Functional cookies- these cookies enhance the functionality of a website by remembering your preferences, e.g. which town/ city you live in.
- Behavioural/ Third party- these cookies collect data on your browsing activity and this data is then used to provide tailored advertising based on this activity over time, e.g. if you are looking at car insurance products, you may be offered similar insurance products provided by third parties within advertising banners or similar.
Who uses the information gathered
The information gathered by cookies may be used by the website owners (First Party) or may be supplied to other parties to offer users related services e.g. behavioural marketing (Third party).
How long do they last
Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session (when you exit/ shut down the browser) in which case they are called Session Cookies, or can be stored on the computer in between browsers sessions, in which case they are called Persistent Cookies.
Cookies we use on this website
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What you can do if don’t want to accept the cookies we use
By continuing to use this website, you agree to having the cookies detailed above stored on your device. You may refuse to accept cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of cookies, however, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our site.