What Are Cookies?
The UK Information Commissioner (‘UK ICO’) defines a cookie as ‘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.’ You can find out all about cookies, how to manage them and delete them, and how to manage your browser settings, at the UK ICO and www.aboutcookies.org. You can also opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites. As above, please note that if you manage your browser and third party settings to block cookies, some or all of the Website and Services may not have full functionality and your user experience may be impacted.
There are 4 main types of cookie, as defined by the ICC:
Strictly necessary cookies – which enable services you have asked for, such as cookies used related to user input, authentication, multi-media content players, shopping baskets or e-billing. These are typically ‘session cookies’ and are deleted at the end of or shortly after the end of the session. Consent is not required for these cookies.
Performance cookies – which collect anonymous information about how visitors use a website, such as the pages visitors go to most often. They do not collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous and is only used to improve how a website works. However, consent is required for these cookies.
Functionality cookies – which ‘remember choices you make to improve your experience’, such as your user name, and 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.’ These require consent.
Advertising cookies – which ‘are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests’. These also need consent. However, we don’t run ads, so we don’t use these.
Cookies We Use in Our Websites
Strictly necessary cookies
Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
Stores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain
Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.
Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.
Cookies we only use with your consent
[list them here with their category (performance, functional, advertising]
We use the following types of cookies:
Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us for our legitimate purposes to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us, subject to your choices and preferences, to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information subject to your choices and preferences to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Google analytics cookies: _ga / _gid
This cookie enables us to:
Store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site and to provide you with information that is targeted at your individual interests.
Recognise you when you return to our site.
Custom cookie: waveblogorder
This is used to store the order of the News section, either chronological, or reverse-chronological. No personal or identifiable data is stored, and the cookie expires a month after being set (every time you change the order, it is re-set).
Except for essential cookies and the custom cookie, all cookies used on our site will expire after two (2) years.
How to Delete Cookies
You may delete cookies already stored on your computer:
Internet Explorer see : https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/278835/how-to-delete-cookie-files-in-internet-explorer
Deleting certain cookies may however, have an impact on the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you may not be able to use certain features.
The effect of disabling cookies depends on which cookies you disable, but in general, the website may not operate properly if cookies are switched off.
If you want to disable cookies you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies. How you can do this will depend on the browser you use. Further details on how to disable cookies for the most popular browsers are set out below:
For Microsoft Internet Explorer:
1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Internet Options”
2. Click on the “privacy” tab
3. Select the appropriate setting
For Google Chrome:
1. Choose Settings> Advanced
2. Under “Privacy and security,” click “Content settings”.
3. Click “Cookies”
1. Choose Preferences > Privacy
2. Click on “Remove all Website Data”
For Mozilla Firefox:
1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Options”
2. Click on the icon “privacy”
3. Find the menu “cookie” and select the relevant options
For Opera 6.0 and further:
1. Choose the menu Files”> “Preferences”
If you’ve any question you can always contact us at the address above or by email to email@example.com.