Cookies Policy

Cookies Policy 2018-05-30T17:37:44+00:00

We use cookies to ensure everyone who uses our website has a great user experience. By continuing to visit or use our services, you are agreeing to the use of cookies and similar technologies for the purposes we describe in this policy.

We use cookies, web beacons and similar files and technologies to collect and store the information we automatically collect about your computer, device and use of our website. This cookie policy explains what cookies are, how we use them and how you can control them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone or other devices used to access the internet, whenever you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. Cookies are used for a variety of reasons, such as to determine user preferences, let users navigate between pages efficiently, verify the user, enable online shopping facilities and generate website visitor statistics.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. Cookies may tell us, for example, whether you have visited the Website before or whether you are new visitor. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

There are two broad categories of cookies:

– First party cookies, served directly by us to your computer or mobile device.
– Third party cookies, which are served by a third party on our behalf. We use third party cookies for functionality, performance, analytics, advertising and social media purposes.

Cookies can remain on your computer or mobile device for different periods of time. Some cookies are ‘session cookies’, meaning that they exist only while your browser is open. These are deleted automatically once you close your browser. Other cookies are ‘permanent cookies’, meaning that they survive after your browser is closed. They can be used by a website to recognise your computer when you open your browser and browse the Internet again.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to:

– track traffic flows and patterns of pages visited in connection with our Website;
– understand the total number of visitors to our Website on an ongoing basis and the types of internet browsers (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer) and operating systems (e.g. Windows or Mac OS) used by our visitors;
– monitor the performance of the Website and to improve it;
– customise and enhance your online experience; and enable third parties to advertise on this Website.

What type of cookies do we use and what are they used for?

The types of cookies used by us and our partners in connection with the Website can be classified into one of five categories, namely ‘essential website cookies’, ‘functionality cookies’, ‘analytics and performance cookies’, ‘advertising cookies’, and ‘social media cookies’. We’ve set out some further information about each category, and the purpose of the cookies we and third parties below:

Type of Cookie: Cookies necessary for essential website purposes
What it does: These cookies are essential to provide you with the website and any services available on the website. Without these cookies, services such as transactional pages and secure login accounts, would not be possible.
How to block them: See section ‘How to control or delete cookies’ below.

Type of Cookie: Functionality Cookies
What it does: Functionality cookies record information about choices you have made and allow us to tailor the website to you. These cookies mean that when you continue to use or come back to the website, we can provide you with our services as you have asked for them to be provided. For example, these cookies allow us to:

– Understand how our Website is used in order to improve it;
– Store accessibility options;
– Remember settings you have applied.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
How to block them: See section ‘How to control or delete cookies’ below.

Type of cookie: Performance/Analytics Cookies
What it does: We use performance/analytics cookies to analyze how the website is accessed, used, or is performing in order to provide you with a better user experience and to maintain, operate and continually improve the website. For example, these cookies allow us to:

– Better understand our website visitors so that we can improve how we present our content;
– Test different design ideas for particular pages, such as our homepage;
– Collect information about website visitors such as where they are located and what browsers they are using;
– Determine the number of unique users of the website;
– Improve the website by measuring any errors that occur; and
– Conduct research and diagnostics to improve product offerings.

How to block them: See section ‘How to control or delete cookies’ below.

Type of Cookie: Advertising and Tracking Cookies
What it does: As you use our website, you will notice that it features advertising. We allow third party companies, including advertising companies, to place cookies on our website. These cookies enable such companies to track your activity across various sites where they display ads and record your activities so they can show ads that they consider relevant to you as you browse the Internet. These cookies are anonymous; they store information about the content you are browsing, but not about who you are.

Cookies also allow us and third parties to know whether you’ve seen an ad or a type of ad, and how long it has been since you’ve last seen it. This information is used for frequency capping purposes, to help tailor the ads you see, and to measure the effectiveness of ads.
How to block them: All the ad companies or networks that we work with have their own privacy policies and offer a mechanism for users to opt out tracking and behavioural targeting available through the ad itself or through the opt out mechanisms listed in the ‘How to control or delete cookies’ section below.
Type of Cookie: Social Media Cookies
What it does: On some pages of our website, third parties that provide applications through our website may set their own anonymous cookies in order to track the success of their applications or customize applications for you. For example, when you share a page using a social media sharing button on our website (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus), the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this. Because of how cookies work, we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by us. Some pages of our website may also contain embedded content, such as video content from YouTube, and these sites may set their own cookies.
How to block: See ‘How to control or delete cookies’ below.

Examples of the types of third party cookies we use are included in a non-exhaustive list below:

Google Analytics: Lifeintheuktestweb uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate your use of our website. Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Facebook plug in: Facebook plug in allows you to access your Facebook account when on the Lifeintheuktestweb site – no data, apart from that consented to when signing up to Facebook is captured or transferred when visiting Lifeintheuktestweb.co.uk.

How to delete cookies?

You have the right to choose whether or not to accept cookies. If you do not accept the use of cookies, please disable them using the instructions below. However, please note that if you choose to refuse cookies you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website.

Most browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the “Help” option in your browser for more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Opera
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS

Changes to this Cookies Policy

We will occasionally update this Cookies Policy to reflect changes in our practices and services. When we post changes to this Cookie Policy, we will revise the “Last Updated” date at the end of this Cookie Policy. If we make any material changes in the way we collect, use, and/or share information held in cookies, we will notify you by prominently posting notice of the changes on the website. We recommend that you check this page from time to time to inform yourself of any changes in this Cookie Policy or any of our other policies.

Need More Information?

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:

http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/

Contact us

If you have any questions or comments about this Cookies Policy, or privacy matters generally, please contact us. You can also check our Privacy Policy for more information.

Last updated: 30th May 2018

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