1.0 What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer or device when you visit a website. Cookies are used by all websites and have several different functions. Cookies can’t harm your computer.
At a basic level cookies will:
- Allow the site to work properly, and help keep it secure
- Help us understand how people use the website
- Make the site easier to use by remembering information that you’ve entered,
- Improve your experience by showing you information that’s relevant to you.
2.0 How long do cookies last?
Cookies last for different lengths of time depending on what they are used for.
- Session cookies are temporary cookies and are only stored until you leave the website or when you close your web browser.
- Persistent cookies last for a fixed period of time, defined within the cookie, and allow the website to recognise the device again when the user returns to that website on that device.
3.0 Types of cookies we use
These are divided into four categories:
i. Necessary cookies
These cookies let you move around our websites and use all their features. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to do things like use Internet Banking, or use forms to apply for products.
ii. Performance cookies
These simply help us improve the way our website works. They tell us how people use each page, which ones are most commonly viewed, or whether any errors occurred. We use ‘Performance’ cookies to improve how the website works and measure our marketing activity. Information that is collected using these cookies are aggregated and anonymous and we are not able to identify individual users with these cookies.
Cookies we have defined as ‘Performance’ cookies will NOT be used to:
1) Gather information that could be used to target you with advertising on other websites.
2) Remember any preferences you have set beyond the current visit.
iii. Customisation cookies
These types of cookie allow websites to remember choices you make (for example, your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services on the site such as watching a video. These cookies do not track your browsing activity on other websites.
iv. Targeting cookies
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
We use ‘Advertising’ cookies on www.vocalzone.com to:
1) Link to social networks like Facebook, who may subsequently use information about your visit to target advertising to you on other websites.
2) Provide advertising networks with information on your visit so that they can present you with adverts that you may be interested in.
5.0 Changing your cookie settings
We recommend that you don’t change your cookie settings, as we can’t guarantee the performance of the site if you block some or all cookies.
If you do decide to change them, you can do this through your browser. Each browser works in a different way, so you’ll need to search for ‘cookie settings’ in your browser’s help section to find out how to do this.
6.0 Advertising cookies
If you prefer, you can choose to turn off advertising cookies only, by blocking specific companies. You’ll still receive advertising on the internet, but the adverts you see may not be tailored to your likely interests or preferences. You can set your preferences here: www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices (This link will open in a new window).