WHAT IS A COOKIE AND WHY ARE THEY USED?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.
Cookies are useful for a variety of reasons. If for example you visit an international website and set your location as ‘Great Britain’, this preference might be stored on your computer as a cookie. When you next visit the website it could retrieve this information and present content relevant to your location automatically, rather than asking you to select ‘Great Britain’ again.
DO YOU COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION USING COOKIES?
As is the case with many cookies, in the example above no information is stored which would allow you to be identified personally, such as an email address. The cookie is instead associated with your device and browser, so if you were to access the same website through another computer it would not know to set your location to ‘Great Britain’.
Data collected by cookies may be combined with any other information you submit to Curb Media, for example by making a purchase through one of our online stores, but our websites will never allow anyone to contact you directly. Put another way, cookies are used to identify some combination of a device, a user account, and a browser, rather than an individual person.
There may be circumstances where we appoint carefully approved third parties to collect and process data (including personal data) using third party cookies and similar technologies as described in the section headed “Use by Curb Media of Third Party Cookies” but we will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your personal data is treated securely and processed in accordance with applicable law
The purposes for which websites managed by Curb Media utilise cookies and other similar devices include but are not limited to:
- To make your experience of using our website, better.
- To distinguish you from other users of the website and to tailor the service (including content, advertisements, language, currency) to your preferences or to avoid showing the same adverts repeatedly. This does not allow us to identify you personally as stated above.
- Within registration to allow you to access stored information.
- To allow you to carry information access pages of our website and avoid having to re-enter information.
- To speed up searches.
- To compile anonymous aggregated statistics which allow us to understand how users use our website and to help us improve the structure of our website.
- To compile and monitor aggregated non-personalised information (such as anonymous statistics related to the take up or use of services, or to patterns of browsing) which allow us to understand how frequently particular pages and advertisements are viewed so that we can determine the most popular areas of the website, and generally to monitor usage of the website.
- For system administration.
- Certain non-personal information about users is recorded by the standard operation of Curb Media’s internet servers. Examples of this type of information include the type of browsers being used, its operating system and the domain names (not e-mail addresses, where possible) of users.
Curb Media works with a number of carefully selected third party companies that provide a broad range of online solutions, from traffic analysis and advertising to user experience enhancements.
Some of these companies use their own cookies to provide these services, which may be stored on your computer if you interact with websites managed by Curb Media. A summary of the data collected by a selection of these third parties is outlined below.
USE OF COOKIE DATA TO TARGET ADVERTISING:
Curb Media may appoint carefully selected third parties to collect and process data (including personal data) for the purposes of targeted advertising.
When a user visits a website operated by Curb Media a snippet of code (often called a ‘pixel’, ‘beacon’ or ‘tag’) may set or retrieve an anonymous user ID stored in a cookie on their computer by a third party advertising network. By assigning a single anonymous user ID that can be accessed by any website, these companies enable advertisers to target appropriate adverts to specific users across a large network of websites and monitor which users see each advert.
In practice this means that Curb Media could choose to include your anonymous user ID in a list of users to be targeted by a advertising campaign for their new campaign, or other products or services associated with the product or which might of interest to you, which you might see on websites unrelated toCurb Media. You may also see adverts for other products and services on any Curb Media websites that carry advertising.
These cookies may be used by or on behalf of Curb Media to categorise pools of users (on an anonymised basis) based on demographic and/or behavioural data and use this to (1) target our advertising to cookie-ed users on third party sites and Curb Media sites (2) use that data to allow targeted third party advertising to categorised cookie-ed users either in respect of advertising placement Curb Media has bought/placed and targeted to users on behalf of third parties or in respect of advertising bought/placed by third parties and targeted to cookie pools Curb Media has “sold” to these third parties.
This data is completely anonymous and associated only with your browser / device. Curb Media will provide only this data to any third party advertising networks running campaigns on our behalf and will not supply any personal information we may also have about you. In some cases these advertising networks may also receive your IP address as part of the process of displaying adverts, but this is not data Curb Media will provide.
Cookies from the twitter.com domain may be delivered as part of the ‘login via twitter’ button. They originate on Twitter and are used to identify the end user via their Twitter ID. Details at twitter.com/privacy Specifically _qca – is via Twitter and is a cookie set by www.quantcast.com
Please note that Curb Media has no access or control over these cookies or the policies by which these or any other companies utilise cookies to collect or use your data, and that their activities are not governed by the content of this document. Other than allowing them to be served, we have no role to play in these cookies at all.
Your consent is required to allow Curb Media and our partners, affiliates and third parties to generate cookies and store them on your computer.
HOW TO BLOCK OR DISABLE COOKIES OR OPT OUT OF TARGETED ADVERTISING:
If you want to delete or disable any cookies (or similar technologies), please refer to the instructions of your file management software to locate the file and directory that stores cookies. You may not be able to take advantage of all the features of our Website, including certain personalised features, if you delete or disable cookies.
For more information on how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please go to www.allaboutcookies.org.
- Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en-GB
- Safari 5: http://support.apple.com/kb/ph5042
- Safari 6/7: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH17191
- Internet Explorer 7 & 8: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/block-or-allow-cookies
- Internet Explorer 9http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-9
- Internet Explorer 10http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-10
- Internet Explorer 11http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11
- Mozilla Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
- Opera: http://help.opera.com/Windows/9.00/en/cookies.html
Cookies are also generated by Adobe Flash Player, which is used to display video, audio or graphical content on some of our websites. It may not possible to block or restrict flash cookies using your browser settings, but you can find information about how to control Flash Player privacy and security settings at: www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security
We may change and update our list of cookies (or similar technologies) from time to time. If you use our cookies (or similar technologies) after we have published these changes, you will be agreeing to be bound by those changes. If you do not consent to the use of the cookies (or similar technologies) at any time, please see above on how to disable cookies.