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Cookie Policy

What is a cookie?

Most websites that you visit will use cookies. Cookies are set in order to improve your overall user experience by enabling the website that you visit (in this case, www.starandgarter.org) to store data. Cookies will either remember you for the duration of your visit (via a session cookie) or for repeat visits (via a persistent cookie).

Cookies perform a variety of functions, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, or storing your preferences so that you don’t have to re-enter these on your next visit. If the website you visit doesn’t use cookies, then it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site.

Websites can also use cookies to enable effective targeting of advertising, based on you, the user and your browsing habits/ location. Cookies can be set by the website that you’re visiting (first party cookies) or they can be set by other websites who are running content on the page that you, the user are viewing (third party cookies).

Types of cookie?

  • First Party Cookies: These are set by the website that you are viewing and are only able to be viewed by that website.
  • Third Party Cookies: These are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website that you are visiting. An example of this type of cookie is when a third party analytics company will add a cookie to the site that you are visiting, so they can track data from users.Third party cookies can also be set by companies such as YouTube, who may embed content onto a web page and set their own cookies.
  • Session Cookies: These are stored temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted once the user has closed their web browser.
  • Persistent Cookies: These cookies are stored for a fixed period and are not deleted when the user has closed their web browser. Primarily, persistent cookies are used when a website needs to retain information about you, the user. For example, this type of cookie is used to store your preferences for the next visit, so that they don’t need to be re-entered on your next visit.

 

What cookies are used by The Royal Star & Garter Homes?

We use Third Party Cookies from Google Analytics (_utma, _utmb, _utmc,_utmz) and Google Maps (APISID, HSID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SSID). While we have no control over how Google sets its cookies, these cookies are widely used and harmless. These cookies are used to store a variety of common data, such as the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come from and their preferences when viewing a map. They help us to understand the sections of the website that visitors enjoy using and adapt our content accordingly.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, please visit: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

 

What does a cookie contain?

Each cookie is unique to the browser that you are using and is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server. Only the server will be able to read the contents of the cookie. The cookie allows a website to store information about your preferences.

 

What can I do if I don’t want cookies to be set?

If you don’t like the idea of cookies storing your data, then you can block some or all cookies, you can even look to delete cookies that have already been set. The blocking of cookies can lead to the loss of some of the functionality of the website that you are currently viewing. For more information on how to delete and control cookies, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.