What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files transferred and stored by your web browser to your computer or mobile device when you visit or use a website. Cookies allow websites to recognise your device and store some information about your preferences or past actions.
Cookies can be considered as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’ cookies depending on the domain that places them. First party cookies are cookies set by a website visited by the user (for example, cookies placed by SSE Enterprise Telecoms for www.ssetelecoms.com). Third party cookies are set by a domain other than that of the website visited by the user, so if a user visits a website and a third-party organisation sets a cookie through that website, this would be a third-party cookie i.e. Google analytics .
Cookies can also be considered as ‘persistent’ or ‘session’ cookies depending on their duration. Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for the time specified in those cookies. They are activated every time that user visits the website that created the cookies, until the cookies expire or are disabled by the user. Session cookies allow the actions of a user to be linked during a single browsing session. A session starts when a user opens a browser window and ends when the browser window is closed, following which all session cookies are deleted.
The cookies we use help us in the following ways:
- To make our website work correctly
- Remember your settings during and between visits so you don’t have to re-enter information
- Improve the speed and security of our website
- Set up web pages so you can share them on social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter
- Personalise our site for you so you can find what you need faster (using third party software such as Hubspot and Webeo)
- Improve our website for you
- Improve our marketing so you see messages that are relevant to you
The cookies used on our website can be broken down into two categories:
- Strictly necessary
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you that amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but then some parts of the site will not work.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve site performance. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site and will not be able to monitor its performance.
Changing your cookies settings
You can find out how to change your cookie settings and delete cookies on popular browsers at AboutCookies.org.uk.
For more information about Data Protection please visit www.ico.org.uk.