- What are cookies
- How to manage cookies on our sites
- Useful links
1. WHAT ARE COOKIES
A cookie is a text-only string of data that is entered into the cookie file or “memory” of the web browser on your computer or mobile device. It will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. If you would like to know more about cookies we recommend you visit www.aboutcookies.org
Is this cookie section referring just to cookies?
No, it refers to all tracking devices that are used to store information such as Local Shared Objects, web beacons or transparent or clear gifs.
We are committed to providing our users with the best user experience while visiting our site. To help us improve and enhance this experience, we and third parties employ cookies to provide a wide range of crucial services to our users.
This section outlines the three main types of cookies operating across our sites:
- Required cookies that help deliver core site functionality
- Functional cookies that help improve site content and usability
- Advertising cookies that help us deliver more tailored and relevant services
These anonymous cookies are required for us to deliver core site functionality and are automatically enabled when you use our sites. All the required cookies operating on our sites are first-party cookies – meaning that they are set by our websites with the express purpose of helping the user experience. For example, these cookies currently help us to remember log-in details for returning users, lead to accurate survey results by preventing users from re-entering polls or mean that users are not required to repetitively complete forms when downloading registered content.
Site-analytical cookies are used by us to help improve site content and usability by tracking and recording user journey details such as what pages you viewed and for how long. For example, we currently use this information to identify what is the most popular content and how we should prioritise this content on our site. These cookies are generated by the third-party web analytics providers we partner with and provide statistical data and insight only.
First party advertising cookies
To help users find out more about the products and services we offer, we often run Encore advertising campaigns on external websites. None of these cookies involve collecting or using personally identifiable information like your name, email address, postal address or telephone number.
3. HOW TO MANAGE COOKIES ON OUR SITES
How to manage cookies
There are several approaches that can help you manage your cookie preferences. These options enable you delete all cookies that are being dropped on your machine or select only ones you are happy with. We have outlined these below as well as a number of useful sites that can provide you with more insight and guidance around cookie use and practice.
Option 1: Using your browser
These days all browsers are set up with the capability to allow you to manage your cookie preferences directly. You can easily set your browser to stop accepting specific types of cookies, all cookies or even cookies from a particular website or provider. If you wish to not receive any cookies while visiting our sites for instance, we recommend that you use this approach.
These settings are typically found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. However, each browser is set up slightly differently so, for the latest instructions on how to do this across the various different browsers, we recommend that you visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/
Option 2: Using trade associations/industry services
If you are principally concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, there are several websites that have been created to help you opt out of these. Below are a few we recommend:
Your Online Choices: this site is an initiative from the EDAA that enables you to opt out from receiving cookies from hundreds of advertisers. To visit it, click here.
The Network Advertising Initiative. This allows you to opt out of receiving cookies from the NAI members. Click here.
Ghostery. Designed by one of the world’s leading privacy providers, Evidon, this useful tool can be downloaded and enables you to view who is tracking you on each website and provides options to opt out. For more information, visit www.ghostery.com.
Advertising analytical cookies:
When you visit out site we may drop a cookie onto your browser so we can re-engage with you when you visit external sites (via paid for advertising).
Please note that none of this information has any personal identifier information (PII) attached to it (such an email, telephone, name etc) and is for analytical purposes only.
The current provider we use for this service MediaMath
5. USEFUL LINKS
If you would like to find out more about cookies and the privacy issues around internet advertising, there are several websites that can help you with this. A few key ones are listed below:
If you have any concerns or further queries regarding the cookies Encore employ or how Encore use the data provided by these cookies, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org