What are cookies
A cookie is a small text file (typically numbers and letters) that is downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (e.g. your computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a Website using that device. Cookies are then sent back to the originating Website on each subsequent visit – and they are useful because they allow a Website to recognise a user’s device and store some information about your preferences or past actions.
The cookies can be used to access or use other information on your computer, other than information related to the usage of the Website. We only use these methods to track the use of our services. Cookies help us to monitor the traffic to the Website, improve our services and make it easier and/or more relevant for your use. Based on your active and clearly given consent we may use flash cookies and third-party cookies to help us show you more relevant and desirable information.
Cookies are separated in the following categories:
- First-party cookies – as the name implies, first-party cookies are put on your device directly by the Website you are visiting i.e. the URL displayed in the browser’s address bar.
- Third-party cookies – these are the cookies that are placed on your device, not by the Website you are visiting, but by a third party. This usually occurs when the Website incorporates elements from other Websites, such as images, social media plugins or advertising. When the browser or other software fetches these elements from the other Websites, they can set cookies as well.
Some cookies are needed for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network – others may be necessary for the provision of a service over the internet, in which case they have to be used. These are termed as ‘strictly necessary’.
Other cookies may be desirable to improve your experience, such as performance/statistic and marketing cookies, in which case we will ask you for your consent to use them.
Cookies may either be deleted automatically when the user closes their web browser (so-called “session cookies”) or stored on the user’s computer to facilitate future visits to the Website (so-called “permanent cookies”). Permanent cookies will also be automatically deleted after a specified period of time.
What cookies do we use?
We use the following types of cookies that are placed on the Website, their function, the purposes for which the data are collected and how long data collected by cookies are kept. Please note that the names of the cookies may change over time:
- Strictly Necessary Cookies
These Cookies are essential to enable you to navigate and use the features of the Website. Without these Cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of our services or features such as adding items to the shopping basket, logging in or filling in forms. The Website will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
By law we do not need to obtain your consent in order to use these cookies.
- Functionality Cookies
These cookies enable the Website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation by remembering choices you make (such as your username or ID, language preference, or the area or region you are in). They may also be used to provide services you have asked for, such as watching a video. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized, and they cannot track your browsing activity on other Websites. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all of these services may not function properly.
- Performance/Statistics Cookies
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular, see how visitors move around the site, and whether they clicked on a link. This lets us know where we are doing well, and where we can improve, as well as making sure the pages load quickly and display properly. Information collected includes, for example, the Internet browsers and operating systems used, the domain name of the Website previously visited, the number of visits, average duration of visit, and pages viewed. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not consent to these cookies we will not know when you have visited our Website and will not be able to monitor its performance and enhance your experience.
Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across Websites. The intention is to deliver advertisements that we believe are relevant to you and your interests. For example, we may use Marketing Cookies to customise the advertising content, to conduct interest-based advertising, to limit the number of times you see the same advertisement and to conduct market research.
More specifically, we use the following cookies and other tracking technologies:
Third Party Website Cookies
When using our Website, you may be directed to other Websites for activities such as surveys, to view content hosted on those sites such as an embedded video or news article etc. These Websites may use their own cookies. We do not have control over the placement of cookies by other Websites you visit, even if you are directed to them from our Website.
Links to other Websites
What are your choices regarding cookies?
When you visit the Website, you will be requested to accept or manage your cookie settings. We can store cookies on the user’s device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site, however, for all other types of cookies, we need to obtain the consent of the user.
How can I change cookie preferences?
Apart from setting cookie preferences from the Cookie Banner on our Website, you can control and/or delete cookies as you wish from your browser settings. For details on how to control and/or delete cookies using your browser settings, please see:
Delete Cookies in Microsoft Internet Explorer
Delete Cookies in Mozilla Firefox browser
Delete Cookies in Google Chrome browser
You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.
Changes to this Policy
We may update this Policy from time to time. The most recent version of the policy will be available on the Challenge Group website.
Last updated: 22/12/2022