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Purpose and use of cookies

The YOURvoice website uses cookies in order to make it easier to use and to support the provision of relevant information and functionality to you. Cookies also provide us with information about how this website is used so we can keep it is as up to date, relevant and error free as possible. By using this website you agree to the use of cookies. Please note that certain cookies may be set the moment you start visiting this Website.

What do you do if you do not want cookies to be set on your computer?

Some people find the notion of information being stored on their computer or mobile device a little intrusive, in particular when that information is stored and used by a third party without their knowledge. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even delete cookies which have already been set, but you should be aware that you might lose some functions. You can choose to manage the cookies we use on this website through your browser settings at any time. For more information about how to do this, and about cookies and privacy in general, you can visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

What is a cookie?

Most websites which you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience. They enable websites to «remember» you, either for the duration of your visit (using a «session cookie») or for repeat visits (using a «persistent cookie»).

Cookies can have a host of different functions. They let you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website does not use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site. For example, when you close a menu and move to another page, it will not remember that you have closed the menu on the previous page, and it will display the next page with that page’s menu open.

Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based, for example, on your location and/or browsing habits.

Cookies may be set by the website which you are visiting («first party cookies») or they may be set by other websites which run content on the page you are viewing («third party cookies»).

What is in a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server. That server will subsequently be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Cookies are managed by your browser. Each cookie is unique and contains some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, site name, digits and letters. It allows a website to remember your browsing preferences.

Types of cookie

First Party Cookies

First party cookies are set by the website which you are visiting, and they can only be read by that site.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are set and used by a different organisation from the owner of the website which you are visiting. For example, to measure its audience a website might use a third-party analytics company, which will set its own cookie to perform that service. The website you are visiting may also have embedded content, e.g. YouTube videos or Flickr slideshows. Those sites may also set their own cookies.

More significantly, a website might use a third- party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising. Advertising services are not used by YOURvoice.

Session cookies

Session cookies are stored temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.

Persistent cookies

Persistent cookies are saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and are not deleted when the browser is closed. They are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session.