What is a Cookie?
Cookies are small files of letters and numbers that are downloaded onto your computer, mobile or other hand held device when you access certain websites. One of a cookie’s functions is to allow the website to recognise your device and help your browser navigate through the website by remembering settings you selected during earlier visits. Cookies do not harm your computer.
Cookies which are set by the website owner are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality, such as interactive content and analytics to be provided on our website. The parties that set third party cookies can recognise your computer when it visits our website and also when it visits certain other websites.
Third parties may place cookies on your computer or mobile device to collect information about your visits to our website in order for us to understand how our website is being used. The information collected through this process does not enable us or third parties to identify your name, contact details or any other personally identifying information about you.
What Information Do We Obtain Through Cookies?
The information we obtain through the use of our cookies may include information about your computer, device and browser, such as IP address, browser, operating system, device characteristics, language preferences, mobile device and referring URLs. We also obtain information such as what content you visited, whether you have accessed our website before as well as the dates and times you visited our website. We are unable to identify you personally from this information.
What Cookies Do We Use on Our Website?
The main types of cookies used on The Wise Owl Partnership website are tabled below.
|_ga||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to distinguish users, and to store information about visitors, sessions and campaigns. It helps us count how many people visit our site by tracking if you’ve visited before||2 years|
|_gat||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate, ie to manage the rate at which page view requests are made||
|_gid||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to monitor visitor numbers to pages on our website||24 hours|
How Do I Change My Cookie Settings?
Most browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit one of the following websites:
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics please visit:
You also have the option to change your cookie setting using our cookie tool when you visit our website.
Further reference: ICO Guide “Cookies and similar technologies”