- What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are sent by a website to a web browser and contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. This enables the website to identify and track the web browser. Cookies can, among other functions, enable a website to recognise a device each time it visits, remember user preferences and recommend content. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, but rather the computer used. Some cookies can contain personal information such as a user name but we do not set cookies that directly contain personally identifiable information like this.
Different cookies do different things and some are essential to the operation of a website, whilst others are not. The different types of cookie are:
Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
Advertising Cookies. These allow us to customise the advertising you see for Brownstone Advertising & Marketing Limited on the internet.
Functionality Cookies. These cookies allow us to continue a live chat when you move between pages on our website.
If you wish to decline all cookies, you can find out how to enable Do Not Track settings for your chosen browser at https://allaboutdnt.com.
- What cookies do we use?
You can find more information about the individual cookies placed by our website and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
wfwaf-authcookie – This cookie is set by the WordPress security plugin “Wordfence”. It is used to authenticate user’s login request. This cookie is persistent and expires in 1 day.
wp_woocommerce_session_, wordpress_logged_in_, wpSGCacheBypass, wfwaf-authcookie, baam_campaign_period, woocommerce_cart_hash, wordpress_sec_ – set by baam.agency, these cookies handle your logged in status, your cart items and various options relating to your choices on the site.
_gid, _gat, _ga – set by Google Analytics, these cookies monitor website performance and the usage of the site.
uvc, uid, ouid, mus, loc, __atuvc, __atuvs – set by the AddThis plugin which allows you to share content on our site with social networks.
_okbk, olfsk, wcsid, _okdetect, _ok, _oklv, hblid, _hstc, ajs_user_id, amplitude_idundefinedolark.com – set by Olark which enables our live chat functionality on the website. You can find an explanation of what each of these cookies does here: https://www.olark.com/help/cookies
1P_JAR, CONSENT, DV, IDE, NID, ANID – These cookies are set by google.com, youtube.com and the google advertising network doubleclick.net. They exist to customise the advertising you see across their networks and with our advertising on those platforms. Find out more about those cookies here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/types
fr, xs, wd, sb, pl, dpr, datr, c_user – Set by facebook, these cookies relate to our advertising on the Facebook platform
personalization_id – set by Twitter, this relates to our advertising on the Twitter platform
- How to I disable / manage / remove cookies?
Depending on the browser you use, you can change your settings to allow or disable cookies and clear out those that already exist.
Please be aware that disabling cookies can restrict the functionality of a website. For example, without cookies, you could not use the Live Chat feature on our website.
The following sites explain how you can manage cookies for most popular browsers.
Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
Microsoft Edge: https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy
- Do Not Track, Ad Options and opting out of Google Analytics tracking
Do Not Track (DNT)
DNT is a web browser setting that requests that a web application disable its tracking of an individual user. When you choose to turn on the DNT setting in your browser, your browser sends a special signal to websites, analytics companies, ad networks, plug in providers, and other web services you encounter while browsing to stop tracking your activity.
Find out more about how to enable DNT in your browser at https://allaboutdnt.com
You can find out how you can control the behavioural advertising that is served to you across the sites you visit here: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices
Find out how to opt out of Google ad personalisation here: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922?hl=en-GB
You can opt out of all Google Analytics tracking by installing the browser extension from Google. More information can be found here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
- Where can I find out more about cookies?
The following websites contain much more info on Cookies and their uses.
General privacy info can be found on the ICO website: http://www.ico.org.uk/