In this policy, where we say ‘cookies’ it can also mean other software that collects data while you use our websites and mobile apps.
Data we collect will be used to
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that are sent to your PC, mobile phone or tablet when you visit a website. They stay on your device and are sent back to the website they came from when you visit it again. Cookies collect data and send it to us while you use the site. These are written into mobile apps and web pages that you visit on your device.
All cookies are either ‘session’ cookies or ‘persistent’ cookies.
Session cookies last for the length of your visit to a website. They delete themselves when you close your browser. Session cookies can help with security. For instance, they can keep you signed in as you move around a website.
Persistent cookies stay on your device when you close your browser.
They are used for many jobs. For instance, they can remember your username for websites where you sign in. They can also store your choices for when you go back to a website.
Organisations find them useful to see how people use their websites. They can also be used to tailor the ads and marketing you see on social media, apps and other websites.
The majority of cookies are managed and controlled by BISL Limited, these are first party cookies, however, cookies may also be placed by our approved business partners, these are known as 'third party cookies'. Third party cookies are commonly used when the websites involve elements from other sites, such as images, social media activity or advertising.
Some simple info over the difference between first and third party
First and third party cookies
Whether a cookie is first or third party depends on where it comes from.
First party cookies are set by websites you go to.
Third party cookies are set by outside organisations. For instance, you may be on a website that has ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons for social network sites. If you click one, the social network site will put a ‘third party’ cookie on your device. That cookie may then collect data about you and send it to them too. You will need to set your privacy choices on their site, to tell them how they can use your data.
We use our own cookies and others from companies we work with such as social media, search engines, other advertising networks, and our business partners.
What cookies do we use?
We may use four categories of cookie on our websites, based upon the International Chamber of Commerce UK Cookie Guide. These fall under the following categories.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.
Targeting Cookies + Social Media Cookies
These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
Web beacons and pixel tags
These are similar to cookies and allow us to collect information about how you use our website and help us to offer you the best service. We may use web beacons and pixel tags alongside cookies both on our website and in any emails we send to you.
Web beacons and tags are commonly used across many websites and do not harm your computer system.
Further information can be found at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/web-beacons/
How to stop cookies
You can stop cookies from being deployed on your computer by configuring your browser not to accept them or opt-out. Please refer to your browser’s ‘help’ facility.
If cookies are already on your system, you can delete them. For more information on cookies and deletion of cookies please visit: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/
Please be aware that restricting or deleting certain cookies can result in difficulties when navigating around websites.
Key third party providers
Our websites use Google Analytics, which is a web analytics service provided by Google.
For more information please see: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/181881?hl=en
Keep in mind
If more than one person uses your device, the choices set up by other people will apply to you as well unless you change them. For example, if you share a computer with your family, you may see ads based on sites they have visited as well as sites you have visited.
Cookies with more than one use
Some of our cookies collect data for more than one use. We will only use these cookies for their essential purposes unless you have given your consent to any other uses they have.
Cookies that are already on your device
Turning off one or more types of cookies will not delete any that have been downloaded in the past. We may still use data we collected up to that point, but will stop collecting new data.