What are cookies?
Cookies (can also be known as browser cookies) are small text files that are placed on your computer, smartphone, or other device when you access the internet. These files are neither a virus nor spyware. There are different types of cookies that are used to do different things, from remembering preference toy have given, identifying ways to improve your experience on websites, helping you to navigate between different pages of a website to providing you with advertising tailored to your interests. Cookies can also be used to measure the number of sites visits and see what the most popular pages on websites are.
What types of cookies are there?
There are ‘first party’ and ‘third party’ cookies. Cookies set and controlled by the operator of a website (such as First Care Homes Group) are known as ‘first party’ cookies. Cookies that are used for advertising such as display advertising (such as Facebook) are known as ‘third party’ cookies.
There are two types of browsing cookies:
- Session cookies: these are temporary cookies that exist only while you are using a website. Examples of uses of a session cookie would be to remember navigation history of pages, remember search settings and content of shopping baskets within an online shop. These cookies expire when the browser is closed.
- Permanent (or persistent) cookies: these remain in operation, even when you have closed the browser. They remember your choices, so you do not have to type them in every time you use the site. Permanent cookies help us identify you as a unique visitor but do not contain information that could be used to identify you to another person.
None of the cookies used by this website will collect your personal information. Any information contained within our cookies cannot be used to personally identify you.
A visit to our website may generate the following types of cookies:
- Geotargeting cookies
- Analytic and Performance cookies
- Tracking cookies
These cookies are used by our site to work out whereabouts in the country you are in from the information supplied by your browser. This information can then be used to display local content within a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous.
Analytic and Performance cookies
These cookies are used to track navigation through our website and deliver consistent experiences across all page visits. Examples include:
- Video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser
- Number of visits to a page
- Which terms/keywords were last used when searching for care homes
These cookies can tell us if you have visited our website before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you do not, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual visitors we have, how often they visit and where they originated from.
This table tells you more about the cookies we use:
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Necessary”.||1 hour||Necessary|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Non-necessary”.||11 months||Necessary|
|_ga||This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.||2 years||Analytics|
|_gid||This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the wbsite is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages viisted in an anonymous form.||1 day||Analytics|
|_gat_gtag_UA_100607507_1||Google uses this cookie to distinguish users.||1 minute||Analytics|
|JSESSIONID||Used by sites written in JSP. General purpose platform session cookies that are used to maintain users’ state across page requests.||Necessary|
Sharing of data from cookies
First Care Homes Group may disclose data collected from cookies such as visits to our websites, trends in visitors and marketing campaign results to third parties. This will be in an anonymous form for research and statistical purposes only to assist us in optimising our websites and efficiently targeting advertising and marketing.
How do I manage and delete cookies?
Cookies allow you to take advantage of a websites essential features and can provide you with an enhanced journey whilst using different websites. Therefore, we recommend that you leave them turned on. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies set by our website, or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you could visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on cookies within a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer. To learn about controlling cookies on the browser of your mobile device please refer to your handset manual.