What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that web sites often store on the computer hard drives of visitors to their sites. They are widely used in order to make web sites work, or work better, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. A cookie often contains a unique number, which can be used to recognise your computer when a user of your computer returns to a website that it visited previously.
What types of cookies do we use?
Two types of cookies may be used on the site – “session cookies” and “persistent cookies”. Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain on your device until you leave the site. A persistent cookie remains on your device for much longer or until you manually delete it (how long the cookie remains on your device will depend on the duration or “lifetime” of the specific cookie and your browser settings).
Some of the pages you visit may also collect information using pixel tags (also called clear gifs) that may be shared with third parties to track user activity. For example, website usage information about visitors to the site. The information is not, however, personally identifiable.
- Strictly necessary cookies:
- These cookies are essential for the user to move around the website and to use its features, e.g. shopping baskets and e-billing
- Performance cookies:
- These cookies collect information about how the user makes use of the site, e.g. which pages the user visits most
- These cookies do not collect information that identifies the user
- Functionality cookies:
- These cookies remember choices made by the user and enhance the features, e.g. language or users location
- This cookie is also used to remember a user’s preferences for a font size, or customisable parts of a web page
- Targeting or advertising cookies:
- These cookies collect information about the users’ browsing habits.
- This may also include links to social media sites, e.g. Facebook, etc.
The vast majority of First Love Foundation web sites use only category 1 and 2 cookies.
Cookies in use on our web sites
Following table lists out the type of cookies used on the site in more detail:
Further information can be found at http://www.allaboutcookies.org