‘Cookies’ are files or pieces of information that may be stored on your computer hard drive (or other internet enabled devices, such as a smartphone or tablet) to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. They collect statistical data about your browsing actions and patterns.
Two types of cookies may be used on the IT’S sites – “session cookies” and “persistent cookies”. Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain on your device until you leave the IT’S site. A persistent cookie remains on your device for much longer or until you manually delete it (how long the cookie remains on your device will depend on the duration or “lifetime” of the specific cookie and your browser settings).
Some of the pages you visit may also collect information using pixel tags (also called clear gifs) that may be shared with third parties which directly support our promotional activities and website development. For example, website usage information about visitors to IT’S sites may be shared with our third party advertising agency in the future to better target Internet banner advertisements on our websites. The information is not, however, personally identifiable, although it could be linked to your personal information.
We might also use suppliers in the future that may set third party cookies on your device on our behalf when you visit the IT’S sites to allow them to deliver the services they are providing.
These might include: Google Analytics Advertising features, Adform, Track.adform.net, YouTube, Linkedin.com, Google Maps cookies and activity tracking & Website CMS cookies.
TURNING OFF COOKIES
Most internet browsers are initially set up to automatically accept cookies. You can change the settings to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent to your device. There are a number of ways to manage cookies. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about how to adjust or modify your browser settings.
If you disable the cookies that we use, this may impact your experience while on the IT’S sites, for example you may not be able to visit certain areas of our sites or you may not receive personalised information when you visit our site.
If you use different devices to view and access the IT’s sites (e.g. your computer, smartphone, tablet etc) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.