What are cookies?
Cookies are pieces of data created when you visit a website, and contain a unique, identification number. Some cookies are stored in the cookie directory of your hard drive, and do not expire at the end of your session. Cookies do not contain any personal information about you and cannot be used to identify an individual user.
Cookies have a lifetime. Many only last until you close your browser or for a short time. These are called ‘session cookies’.
Some last far longer though, for example, to enable a website to recognise you when you return to them. These are called ‘persistent cookies‘. Where possible, we’ll let you know how long these cookies last for.
Cookies set directly by a website owner (like us) are generally known as ‘first party cookies’. Many (if not most) modern websites also use bits of hidden technology provided by other parties. Online advertising is a particularly common example. These other parties may also set cookies when you use our website. If they do so, their cookies are generally known as ‘third party cookies’.
There are some other computer technologies which are technically different to cookies but are used to perform very similar jobs and function in a very similar way. For example, ‘locally stored objects’ (or ‘flash cookies’) are used to power some online video content, and ‘web bugs’ (or ‘web beacons’) are used for many of the same purposes as cookies.
When we provide services to you through our website, we want to make them easy to use, useful and reliable. Cookies are used to improve services for you through, for example:
- enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task;
- recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested; and
- measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast.
We have set out brief details of the cookies we use below, together with an overview of why we use them:
First party cookies - These are cookies we set.
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We regularly review the cookies we use and which our suppliers use to keep them to the minimum we think we need. In doing so, we aim to respect your right to privacy in your online life, which is very important to us, but also ensure you have a good browsing experience and ensure we have enough of the right kind of information to improve our website and the services which we offer.
Third party cookies – These are cookies which are set by other people
We use the following third party cookies:
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During your visit to our website you may notice some cookies that are not related to our website. This happens when you visit a page with content embedded from a third party or use some of the links to social networking websites (e.g. Face Book). We love it when you share information through a social media network but when you do so, please be aware that, these websites may place cookies on your device. We do not control how a third party uses their cookies. You should check these third party websites’ privacy policies for more information about their cookies if you are concerned about this.
How can you manage cookies?
In doing so, we may change the cookies and other technologies we use, and how we use them.
Please look out for these notices in future when you are using our website.
If you want any further information about our approach to cookies and similar technologies, our website in general or have any other privacy questions relating to us, we’d be happy to help you. Please write to us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Car Loan 4U Ltd, Winterton House, Winterton Way, Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom, SK11 0LP..