Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at http://www.allaboutcookies.org and http://www.youronlinechoices.eu. For a video about cookies, visit http://www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/data-on-the-web/cookies.
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of the cookies used on this website by category is set out below.
Types of Cookies
There are four categories of cookie: 1. Strictly Necessary 2. Performance 3. Functionality 4. Targeting or Advertising
1. Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services such as remembering previous actions (e.g. entered text) when navigating back to a page in the same session cannot be provided. For example, on the Cetis website they may be used for:
- Storing unique IDs for managing and identifying users viewing the website in order to provide you with a good service.
- Identifying your status (e.g. whether you are logged in or not).
- Routing you to specific versions of a service, e.g. during web site updates.
2. Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, such as which web pages are visited most often and if any error messages are produced. They don’t collect any information that actually identifies an individual visitor as all the information collected by these cookies is aggregated and therefore anonymous. They are only used to improve how a website works. For example, on the Cetis website they may be used for:
- Gathering data to enhance the performance of a website, e.g. for testing designs or ensuring a consistent look and feel.
- Gathering data for web analytics using software provided by a third party, such as which web pages are most popular.
- Measuring any errors presented which will help to improve our service.
3. Functionality Cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember the choices you have made (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and to provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, they can be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that can be customised. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. For example, on the Cetis website they may be used for:
- Remembering any settings you have applied, e.g. layout, font size, preferences, colours, etc.
- Remembering a choice, e.g. not being asked again to complete a questionnaire
- Detecting that a service has already been offered, e.g. offering a tutorial on future website visits.
- Providing information to allow an optional services to function, e.g. offering a live chat session.
- Fulfilling a request by a user, e.g. submitting a comment.
4. Targeting or Advertising Cookies
These cookies collect the most information about users. They are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests and 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. Note that Cetis does not use targeting or advertising cookies.
Third Party Cookies
On some pages of the Cetis website, you may be directed to other third party services or websites used by Cetis, such as external blog sites, video storage sites, social media services, etc. These third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies and we have no control over the type of information collected. We cannot access any of the cookies used by such third parties, however nor can they access any of the cookies used by Cetis.
By using the Cetis website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies described above on your device. Unless you are signed in to the Cetis website, none of these cookies can be used to identify individuals. However, if you are logged in, then we will also be able to access any additional details you have given us, such as username and e-mail address.
Turning Off Cookies
All browsers allow you to change your cookie settings to stop your browser accepting cookies or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. You can usually find these settings in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. The following links will provide you with more details, otherwise use the ‘help’ option in your browser for more details.