What are cookies?
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Other tools which are similar to cookies include web beacons, scripts, pixels, clear gifs and tags. These use a small transparent image which is embedded in an email or web page. When you view the page or email, a signal is sent which confirms that you have accessed the content on that page or email. This allows websites to understand how users navigate through the content on the website.
What types of cookies are there?
Strictly necessary cookies are cookies that are essential to make our site work for you.
Functionality cookies are cookies which allow our website to remember the choices you make (such as your user name, language, last action and search preferences) and provide enhanced, more personal features. The information collected by these cookies is anonymous and cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Targeting cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement on our web site and help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. These may also be used to choose the advertisements that are displayed to you on our web site and other websites.
First party cookies are set by the website you're visiting (i.e. play.diabetes.org.uk) and only Diabetes UK can read them.
Third party cookies are not set by Diabetes UK and can be read by the owner of those cookies. They may be created by tools that we use on our website, such as when we embed a YouTube video, include a social media button on our pages or embed a Google map. In most cases we can't control what information they collect but we can tell you what cookies we use.
Session cookies are temporary cookies files that are erased when you close your browser. They do things like remember what you put in your shopping basket so it doesn't disappear when you navigate to another page.
Persistent cookies stay in one of your browser's subfolders until you delete them manually or your browser deletes them based on the duration period contained within the persistent cookie's file. These are used so you can be recognised when you come back to a website, for example by remembering a log-in on your display preferences.
- Enhance your web experience, by optimising our site to meet your computer's browser and display settings.
- Allow us to use multimedia content on our site (e.g. Flash videos), via third-party cookies.
- Remember some of your choices – e.g. the items you put in the basket of our online shop, so you can access them later, or your preferences for using our website.
- Embed useful tools from third parties in our website, like maps, videos and social media sharing buttons
- To personalise your experience on your website by saving pages of interest, through our "Diabetes & Me" tool
- To find out if our emails have been read and if you find them useful
- To show you reminder advertisements on other platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and
- Linked In when you leave our website and to monitor the success of our advertising on other platforms so we know if it's cost-effective.
- Provide us with aggregate analytical information about how people use our website, e.g. number of visits to a page.
You can choose to block the targeting cookies we use on our website in our Cookie Preference Centre. You might still see some adverts from us elsewhere on the internet, but it won't be targeted at you. You can also tell us if you don't want Facebook to use your data to create an audience through our communications preference form. From their site, you can control third party online advertising by managing your browser opt-outs.
If you use social media, you can change your advertising preferences in your account privacy settings. The Information Commissioner's Office has some handy factsheets on how to do this.
You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing a browser plug-in.
What cookies do we use?
We keep a full list of the cookies we use on our website and it will be regularly updated.