What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file placed by an online provider (such as www.freedatinguk.org) on the computer or other device of visitors to their website. Cookies can collect information about visitor’s habits in using that website through logging the activity of their computer or other device with respect to the site, for example when it comes to shopping.
Types of cookies
When you visit our site four types of cookies may be placed upon your computer or other device. These are: First-party, Third-party, Session and Persistent cookies.
First-party cookies are cookies placed on your computer or other device directly by us. They could include cookies such as session and persistent cookies (explained below). We use first party cookies to track the movement of your computer or other device through our site, for marketing and analytics purposes, for example.
Third-party cookies are cookies placed on your computer or device by our commercial partners. Again, they could include cookies such as session and persistent cookies (explained below). Our commercial partners use third party cookies for targeting purposes, for example to enable adverts that they feel best match your interests to be chosen and transmitted to your computer or other device, based upon the previous activities of your computer or other device upon the internet.
The time between when you open your internet browser and close your browser is called a browser session. Session cookies are cookies that are placed onto your computer or other device during a browser session, but which expire and are normally deleted at the end of a browser session. We and our commercial partners use session cookies for various reasons, including to track use of our site during a single browser session, and to help you to use our site more efficiently. For example, session cookies are used to remind our site that your computer or device is logged into our site.
Persistent cookies are cookies which are placed upon your computer or other device during a browser session, but which remain upon your computer or other device after the end of that browser session. Persistent cookies allow our site to recognise your computer or other device when it is used to access our site again after a browser session has been completed and a new browser session has begun, primarily to help you quickly sign-in to our site again. Persistent cookie are also used, both by ourselves and our commercial partners, for analytical purposes. Persistent cookies remain current for defined periods of time. Typically persistent cookies placed upon your computer or other device when you visit our site remain current from 1 day to 5 years.
We provide below more detailed information on the cookies placed upon your computer or other device when you visit our site.
To further aid your understanding of the cookies employed with respect to our site we have created this table. The table lists the different types of cookies placed upon your computer or device when you visit our site and what they are used for: