Last updated: June 2020
Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. These cookies store and sometimes track (depending on what the cookie is seeking to achieve) information about your use of the Site.
Cookies set by the website owner (in our case, gocertify) are called "first party cookies". Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called "third party cookies". Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
Some of the cookies we use last only for the duration of your web session and expire when you close your browser. Other cookies are only used where you ask us to remember your login details for when you next return to the Site and will last for a longer duration. We set out in a bit more detail below how these different kinds of cookies work and what we use them for.
The cookies used by gocertify are explained below. We have explained the cookies in categories rather than individually as, to be honest, it makes a lot more sense this way and we think it is a far more useful way of explaining what we are doing.
We use first party and third-party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Site to operate, and we refer to these as "essential" or "strictly necessary" cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our members to enhance the experience on our Site. Third parties serve cookies through our Site for advertising, analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.
Yes. Third parties may serve cookies on your computer or mobile device to serve advertising through our Site. These companies may use information about your visits to this Site and other websites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you may be interested in. They may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements. This can be accomplished by them using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to this Site and other sites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable us or them to identify your name, contact details or other personally identifying details unless you choose to provide these.
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies, except for Strictly Necessary cookies which you may not refuse. If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our Site, though it is important to point out that your access to some functionality and areas of our Site will be restricted.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your web browser to accept or erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally, you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got 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. As the means by which you can manage cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser-to-browser, visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser or follow the browser instructions to change your settings.
In addition, most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising. If you would like to find out more information, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or http://www.youronlinechoices.com/.
Cookies are not the only way to recognise or track visitors to a website. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called "tracking pixels" or "clear gifs"). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognise when someone has visited our Site or opened an e-mail that we have sent them. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of members from one page within our Site to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to our Site from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.