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What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to your computer when you access certain websites or services, including GHY’s website and digital properties. Cookies are then read by the originating website or service on each subsequent visit to optimize your experience on the site. The data contained within is also collected and stored for analysis.
Cookies do different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently and remembering your preferences, and generally improve your experience on the website. They can also help to ensure that any advertisements you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
A cookie itself does not necessarily contain or collect personal information, but when it is read by a server in conjunction with a web browser it can help a website deliver a more user-friendly service; for example, remembering previous purchases or account details.
Cookies are filed in the memory of your browser and each one typically contains:
- The name of the server the cookie was sent from;
- The lifetime of the cookie;
- A value – usually a randomly generated unique number.
The website server that sends the cookie uses this number to recognize you when you return to a site or browse from page to page. Only the server that sent a cookie can read, and therefore use, that cookie.
What Kind of Cookies Do We Use?
- First and third-party cookies: whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the domain placing the cookie.
- First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time (e.g., cookies placed by our website domain).
- Third-party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website, this would be a third-party cookie.
There are two types of cookies, “session” and “persistent”:
- Session cookies allow websites to link your actions during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what you have put in your shopping basket as you browse around a site. They can also be used for security when you are accessing internet payment systems or to facilitate use of webmail. These session cookies expire after a browser session and so are not stored for a longer term.
- Persistent cookies are stored on your computer in between browser sessions and allow your preferences or actions 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 your preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.
Which Cookies Does GHY Use and Why?
The cookies we may use on the website may be categorized as follows:
- Strictly necessary
Some cookies may fulfill more than one of these purposes.
- Strictly necessary cookies (ID session cookies) let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas. Without these cookies, we cannot provide the requested services.
We use these Strictly Necessary cookies to:
- Identify you as being logged in to the website and to authenticate you;
- Make sure you connect to the right service on the website when we make any changes to the way it works;
- For security purposes; and
- Make sure you connect to the right service on the website when we make any changes to the way it works.
Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the website, so if you prevent these cookies we can’t guarantee how the website or the security on the website will perform during your visit.
- Performance cookies collect information about how you use the website e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and are only used to help us improve how the website works in aggregate, understand the interests of our users and measure the effectiveness of our advertising.
We use performance cookies to:
- Carry out web analytics: provide statistics on how the website is used;
- Perform affiliate tracking: Provide feedback to GHY’s entities that one of our visitors also visited their site;
- Obtain data on the number of users of the website that have viewed a product or service; and
- Help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur; Test different designs for the website.
Some of our performance cookies are managed for us by third parties.
- Functionality cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit.
We use functionality cookies for such purposes as:
- Remember settings you’ve applied such as layout, text size, preferences and colours;
- Remember if we’ve already asked you if you want to fill in a survey;
- Remember if you have engaged with a particular component or list on the website so that it won’t repeat;
- Show you when you’re logged in to the website; and
- To provide and show embedded video content
Some of these cookies are managed for us by third parties
- Targeting cookies are used to track your visit to the website, as well other websites, apps and online services, in order to display targeted ads to you on other websites.
We may use targeting cookies to:
- Display targeted ads within the website; and
- To improve how we deliver personalized ads and content, and to measure the success of ad campaigns by visits to the website.
How to Control Your Cookies
You can manage cookies using browser controls. For further information about how you can delete and control the cookies that are stored on your computer: All You Need to Know About Internet Cookies.
By continuing to use GHY’s website, you are agreeing to our placing cookies on your computer. If you do not wish to accept cookies in connection with your use of this website, you must stop using our site. You can disable cookies containing the name “GHY International” by following the instructions described in the Tools or Preferences menu in your browser as set out below:
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome