What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit.
They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
The default standard proposed by ICO is as follows:
Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.
They are essential in order to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.
User consent is not required for the delivery of those cookies which are strictly necessary to provide services requested by the user.
Category 2: Performance Cookies
These cookies collect anonymous information on pages visited.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages.
These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information they do collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
Some of such cookies may also be classified as Category 4 cookies, if they are also used for re-targeting.
Category 3: Functionality Cookies
These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experiences.
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located.
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 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.
Category 4: Targeting or Advertising Cookies
These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.
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.
Cookie categories can vary between websites, but they will generally conform to the above.
Session and persistent cookies
Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session (existing from when a user opens the browser window to when they exit the browser) or they can be stored for longer.
- Session cookies – allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site, for security when a user is accessing internet banking or to facilitate use of webmail. These session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored longer term. For this reason session cookies may sometimes be considered less privacy intrusive than persistent cookies.
- Persistent cookies – are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.
First and third party cookies
Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie.
- First party cookies – in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user – the website displayed in the URL window (the first party provider in this case is Bute House).
- Third party cookies – are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user (e.g. Youtube, Google, Vimeo, BBC etc.). If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.
How do I change my cookie settings?
- Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
- To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
See the table below for details of the cookies used by Bute House.
|butehouse.co.uk||_ga||1st Party||Performance||Persistent – 2 years||Used to distinguish users in Google Analytics. See link one and link two and Google Analytics note below for more information.|
|butehouse.co.uk||_gat||1st Party||Performance||Persistent – 10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate in Google Analytics. See link one and link two and Google Analytics note below for more information.|
|1st Party||Functionality||Session||Used for the browsing session to distinguish users on our website.|
|1st Party||Functionality||Persistent – 2 months||Used to remember the previously used account so that login is not necessary on our website.|
|doubleclick.net||Channel ID||3rd Party||Determined by 3rd Party||Determined by 3rd Party||Used to provide Display Advertiser features, such as remarketing, in Google Analytics. See link one and link two and Google Analytics note below for more information.|
|google-analytics.com||Channel ID||3rd Party||Determined by 3rd Party||Determined by 3rd Party||See Google Analytics note below for more information.|
|3rd Party||Determined by 3rd Party||Determined by 3rd Party|
|f.vimeocdn.com||Local storage||3rd Party||Determined by 3rd Party||Determined by 3rd Party|
Google Analytics cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. See link.