What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files that a website stores on your device, which allows a server to recognise your device and identify specified actions that it performs, such as visiting a website. A ‘device’ is anything you use to access the website, whether that’s a desktop computer, a laptop, a mobile phone or tablet, etc.
A very clever chap once wrote an FAQ page about the matter. If you’re interested in getting some more detailed information about cookies and what they’re used for, you can read about them by clicking the following link: http://www.cookiecentral.com/faq/
Why would a website owner want information?
For a variety of reasons, some innocent, some not so innocent. Mainly, they’re important to identify users on services that require logins or to improve the overall user experience of a website.
We think ours are all innocent, of course. But we would say that. So we’ve provided you with a list of the cookies that our websites sets on your device, and a description of what they do, in a table below. Make your own mind up, and if you want to you can change your browser settings to block some or all cookies. There’s a great guide to doing it here: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/index.html
Alternatively, check out the ‘How do I change my cookie settings?’ and ‘Opting out of our cookies’ sections at the end of this document, for links to the guide for your specific browser.
How do we use your information?
Please note that data we use from our cookies is anonymous, so we won’t be able to use it to track you down and steal your favourite pair of shoes.
Cookies do not steal your personally identifiable data and they only apply to the specific website that you are visiting at the time. As we do not provide a login service, there is no way for us to get data about identifiable individuals.
Which cookies does this website set on your device?
Our website uses Google Analytics to provide us with useful data about how people use our website. This cookie provides data on the number of new people visiting, how many times people come back, and when someone last visited. This data gives us a rough idea about whether we’re providing interesting enough content to attract new visitors and persuade old visitors to return.
This cookie is also set by Google Analytics. It lets us know precisely when someone leaves our website. This can help us to see if a change to our website is making lots of people leave!
This particular Google Analytics cookie allows us to see information about how people get to our website. This means we are able to see which search engines our users visit us through, the link used to find us, and the search terms that people are using. That way, we know if lots of people are finding us with the search term ‘elephant food deliveries’, then we probably need to rethink our website content. It also lets us know the geographical location of our users, so we know which countries our users a visiting from. This is important for a pan-European agency network like ours.
How do I change my cookie settings?
Cookie settings allow you to have control over which cookies you block. You can block all cookies, remove all cookies every time you close your browser, or block only third party cookies.
Third party cookies are set by a website address that is different to the one you are visiting, which are mainly used for advertising purposes. For example, blocking third party cookies would not block cookies from http://bynd.com while you are visiting, but would block them if www.example.com tried to set them.
This is only an example: we do not currently set any third party cookies on your device. Blocking third party cookies will not impact on your browsing activity. To block individual first party cookies we set from a number of services (see the table above), please refer to the ‘Opting out of our cookies’ section below.
Please bear in mind that blocking all cookies may result in some website not working properly or failing to store your login information. Clearing your cookies regularly could also results in websites failing to store your login information.
If this happens and causes you problems, you can simply change your cookies settings again to make them less restrictive. You can also set exceptions, so that certain websites are allow to bypass your cookie restrictions.
Opting out of our cookies
The following links will allow you to opt out from most of the individual cookies which are set by our website. This is useful if you would like to block some of our cookies, but do not want to change your generally cookie settings.
Google Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en