When you visit some websites cookies will be stored on your computer. They are small text files which are often encrypted, and are used to remember useful information, for example if you have logged in to a site, which allows certain functionality within the website to work. Cookies cannot harm your computer.
Depending on what they are used for, cookies can last for different lengths of time.
- Session cookies are temporary and only stored until you either leave the website or close your web browser.
- Persistent cookies last for a set period of time, which is defined within the cookie. They allow the website to recognise the device when the user returns to that site on that device.
There are two privacy types for cookies.
- First party cookies are set by the website you are visiting and can only be read by that website.
- Third party cookies are set by an organisation other than owner of the website. This may be for website measurement purposes, being able to watch a video on the site, or for advertising.
Both first and third party cookies are set on thanetwriters.com
Cookies perform a different variety of functions, and these are categorised and defined within the guide published by the International Chamber of Commerce.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These are used to make sure parts of a website work and that you can use the site effectively. For example, remembering information from a form when you go to another page before completing the form.
Thanet Writers use ‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies to remember information you have entered into forms when you navigate to different pages in a single web browser session.
The cookies defined as ‘Strictly Necessary’ will not be used to gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you or remember any preferences you have set beyond your current visit.
If you prevent these cookies you may not be able to use certain features on thanetwriters.com
These are used to measure the performance of websites and see how they are used.
Thanet Writers use ‘Performance’ cookies to improve how the website works and measure marketing activity. Information that is collected using these cookies is both aggregated and anonymous, and Thanet Writers will not be able to identify individual users with these cookies.
Thanet Writers may use ‘Performance’ cookies to provide aggregated statistics on how thanetwriters.com is used, help improve the website by measuring any errors that occur, test different designs of page, see how effective marketing activity is, and provide feedback to partners that visitors also visited their website. Thanet Writers do not allow partners to reuse this information for further advertising and Thanet Writers do not use this information to target adverts to you when you visit other websites.
Cookies defined as ‘Performance’ will not be used to gather information that could be used to target you with advertising on other websites or remember any preferences you have set beyond the current visit.
These allow websites to provide enhanced, more personal features, and remember choices you make, for example, your user name, language or the region you are in. 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 on the site such as watching a video. These cookies do not track your browsing activity on other websites.
Thanet Writers use ‘Functionality’ cookies to remember settings you have applied such as layout and text size.
Cookies defined as ‘Functionality’ will not be used to gather information that could be used to target you with advertising on other websites.
Advertising or Targeting Cookies
These are used to deliver adverts which are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advert, and help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with permission from the website operator. They remember that you have visited a website, and this information is shared with other organisations, such as advertisers. Often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Thanet Writers use ‘Advertising’ cookies to link to social networks like Facebook, who may subsequently use information about your visit to target advertising to you on other websites. Thanet Writers also use ‘Advertising’ cookies to provide advertising networks with information on your visit so that they can present you with adverts that you may be interested in.