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Cookie Policy: How we use cookies

This policy sets out how we (“O’Brien Media Limited”) use cookies within the services we provide.

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Personalise our site to you to help you get what you need faster
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with our use of cookies. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

You can also change your settings and adjust your cookie and privacy preferences for our website for the device you are currently using.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Determining if you are logged in or not
  • Remembering your search settings
  • Saving your contact details to allow quick re-completion of forms
  • Remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions
  • Tailoring content to your needs

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video or embedded tweet or Facebook post. 

Disabling third party cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties and may cause some content not to display on our website.

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analytics” programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

Turning Cookies Off

Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies, or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behaviour such as the length of time they are stored – either through built-in functionality or by utilising third party plugins. We also provide you with the ability to change your cookie settings and opt-in or opt-out of cookie use at any time.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org. For more details on advertising cookies, and how to manage them, visit youronlinechoices.eu (EU based), or aboutads.info (US based).

It’s important to note that restricting or disabling the use of cookies can limit the functionality of sites, or prevent them from working correctly at all.

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. 

Cookies in use on our website

The following cookies may be set by our website.

CookieDescription
SESSThis cookie stores the session ID of an authenticated user to provide them a better user experience. This cookie expires 28 days from the session date.
e_xThis cookie facilitates A/B testing for the website. Users will receive a cookie with a number where the x is that identifies which experience they have received so that they receive that experience consistently.
unam _utma _utmb _utmc _utmd _utmt _utmzThese are Google Analytics cookies. We use Google Analytics to help us collect anonymous statistics on visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from, how long a user spends on the site, and the pages they visited. This helps us to understand how people use the site and to make  improvements to our site. Read more about their collection and use here. For an overview of privacy at Google, visit here. To opt out, visit here. This cookie expires 28 days from the session date.
piwik_ignoreThis cookie will be set if you choose to opt out of paticipating in website analytics provided by O’Brien Media.
_pk_ref, _pk_cvar, _pk_id, _pk_sesThese are O’Brien Media Analytics cookies. We use O’Brien Media Analytics to help us collect anonymous statistics on visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from, how long a user spends on the site, and the pages they visited. This helps us to understand how people use the site and to make  improvements to our site. This cookie expires 28 days from the session date.
APISIDYoutube viewing and tracking cookies from embedded videos.
HSIDYoutube viewing and tracking cookies from embedded videos.
LOGIN_INFOYoutube viewing and tracking cookies from embedded videos.
PREFYoutube viewing and tracking cookies from embedded videos.
SAPISIDYoutube viewing and tracking cookies from embedded videos.
SIDYoutube viewing and tracking cookies from embedded videos.
SSIDYoutube viewing and tracking cookies from embedded videos.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVEYoutube viewing and tracking cookies from embedded videos.
YSCYoutube viewing and tracking cookies from embedded videos.

Disabling anonomous data collection

Web beacons and other tracking technologies

Both websites and HTML e-mails may also contain other tracking technologies such as ‘web beacons’. These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, the web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.

Our Data Protection coordinator:

Our data protection coordinator is Chris O’Brien, Digital Services Director, he can be reached via email on compliance@obrienmedia.co.uk, by telephone on 01793 230654 or by post at O’Brien Media Limited, The Innovation Centre, PO Box 4096, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 1DE.

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