What are cookies
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating web domain on your subsequent visits to that domain. Most web pages contain elements from multiple web domains so when you visit the MediaHQ website your browser may receive cookies from several sources.
Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. Cookies allow you to navigate between pages efficiently, remember preferences and generally improve the user experience. They can also be used to tailor advertising to your interests through tracking your browsing across websites.
We collect a number of cookies from our users for various reasons, not least to track our own performance but also to let us provide you with content tailored to your own specifications, hopefully improving your overall experience of the site. Amongst other things, the cookies we use allow users to register, to make comments, allow us to calculate how many visitors we have anonymously, of course, and how long they stay on our site.
Types of cookies and which ones we use
There are two types of cookie:
Persistent cookies: remain on a user’s device for a set period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
Session cookies: are temporary. They allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
Cookies also have, broadly speaking, four different functions and can be categorised as follows:
- Strictly necessary cookies are essential to navigate around a website and use its features. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to use basic services like registration or shopping baskets. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.
- Performance cookies collect anonymous data for statistical purposes on how visitors use a website, they don’t contain personal information, and are used to improve your user experience of a website.
Information supplied by performance cookies helps us to understand how you use the MediaHQ website; for example, whether or not you have visited before, what you looked at or clicked on and how you found us. We can then use this data to help improve our services. We generally use independent analytics companies to perform these services for us and when this is the case, these cookies may be set by a third party company (third party cookies).
- Functionality cookies allow users to customise how a website looks for them: they can remember usernames, language preferences and regions, and can be used to provide more personal services like local weather reports and traffic news.
Examples of how MediaHQ's website uses ‘functionality’ cookies include:
- Storing your user preferences on your account page.
- Restricting the number of times you are shown a particular advertisement (which is sometimes called ‘frequency capping’).
- Remembering if you’ve been to the site before so that messages for first-time users are not displayed to you.
- Advertising and targeting cookies are used to deliver advertisements more relevant to you, but can also limit the number of times you see an advertisement, and be used to chart the effectiveness of an ad campaign by tracking users’ clicks. They can also provide security in transactions. They are usually placed by third-party advertising networks with a website operator’s permission, but can be placed by the operator themselves. They can remember that you have visited a website, and this information can be shared with other organisations, including other advertisers. They cannot determine who you are though, as the data collected is never linked to your profile.
Interest-based advertising (or online behavioural advertising) is where cookies are placed on your device by our third party service providers which remember your web browsing activity and group together your interests in order to provide you with targeted advertisements which are more relevant to you.
How do I control my cookies
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies and our website will not work properly or you will lose some functionality. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using the MediaHQ website for these reasons.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally you have the option to see what cookies you have and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings.
Third parties cookies
By continuing to use the MediaHQ website, you agree to the placement of cookies on your device. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be.
We use encryption which encrypts your information when you communicate with us to protect it from unauthorised use.
It is not possible for us to guarantee the security of your data or guarantee that your data may not be intercepted when it is transferred to us.
You will be notified if we make any material changes to our Cookies Policy. To ensure you are aware of any changes, please review the Cookies Policy periodically by visiting the Website.
Our contact details
Should you have any queries in relation to our Cookies Policy we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.