What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your hard drive or mobile device, not on our website, and which often include an anonymous unique identifier. Information gathered through cookies and similar technologies may include the date and time of website visits and how you are using the particular website or mobile application. Cookies can serve a number of purposes, including remembering your preferences and tailoring content, and are an important part of improving your experience of our website.
Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, us) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
We have little control over the third party cookies used on our website, so we suggest that you check the privacy policies for the third party cookie providers listed below to help you understand what data these organizations hold about you and what they do with it.
What types of cookies are there?
There are four main types of cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies are essential for the functioning of a website. Without the use of these cookies, certain features of a website may not be usable.
- Performance cookies collect anonymous data on how visitors use a website and monitor a website’s performance. These cookies are used to provide the website operator with information to help improve how the website functions.
- Functionality cookies store user preferences and facilitate website personalization.
- Targeting or advertising cookies are used to target the user with specific advertisements, based upon previous web browsing activity.
Additionally, these cookies can be broken down into two further sub-types.
- Session cookies are temporary, allowing the website to link the actions of a user during a browser session. All session cookies expire and are deleted when the session finishes, which often means once the browser is closed.
- Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for a specific period of time that is set in the cookie. These may persist even after a session has ended, and allow a website to remember a user’s actions and preferences.
What cookies do we use and for what purpose?
Our website and other online services use the following cookies:
NameTypePurposeSession / Persistent
Cookies set by “list-manage.com”, including:
|Third Party – Performance||Mailchimp is our email newsletter and marketing service provider. These cookies are used to help manage and track users that sign up to our newsletters and email lists, including from within certain email applications to track views and clicks.
Mailchimp also automatically places single pixel gifs, also known as web beacons, in every email sent using its service. These are tiny graphic files that contain unique identifiers that enable Mailchimp to recognize when a user has opened the email or clicked on specific links. This data is used by Mailchimp to create reports that help us improve our newsletter service.
|How long a Mailchimp cookie remains on your computer or device depends on what it is and what it is used for. Some Mailchimp cookies are sessional while others are persistent.|
|Third Party – Performance||These cookies enable us to store information such as the date and time you visit our website, whether you have visited before and the website that you visited prior to visiting our site.||How long a Google Analytics cookie remains on your computer or device depends on what it is and what it is used for. Some Google Analytics cookies are sessional while others are persistent.|
|Google Analytics for form submissions:
|Third Party – Performance / Advertising||These cookies are used in connection with form submissions throughout our website, including online payments, newsletter subscriptions and general inquiry requests. These cookies are created by Google and we have no control over the cookies themselves.||How long a Google Analytics cookie remains on your computer or device depends on what it is and what it is used for. Some Google Analytics cookies are sessional while others are persistent.|
How to block cookies?
By default, most web browsers are configured to accept cookies. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse some or all cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies), our website may not function as intended. Please visit AboutCookies.org for more information on cookies, as well as specific instructions on how to block cookies in your web browser and delete cookies from your device’s storage.
What if you are in the EU?
For more information on managing cookies, please visit www.youronlinechoices.eu which contains further information regarding behavioral advertising based on profiling cookies.
If you have any questions, please contact please contact our Privacy Officer at PrivacyOfficer@cwilson.com