What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identify your browser or device.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies allow a site or services to know if your computer or device has visited that site or service before. Cookies can then be used to help understand how the site or service is being used, help you navigate between pages efficiently, help remember your preferences, and generally improve your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure marketing information and promotions you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.
- Cookies are simple text files. They are needed to help navigate automatic logins, password authentication, shopping cart functions, personal preference settings and a variety of other functions. Cookies make these functions smooth and hassle-free to the user.
- Cookies don’t search your computer for information. Cookies register the information you provide through your browser. When you enter personal and/or financial information on a website, cookies store your information, both for ease of use on your next visit, and for ad tracking.
- Information stored by cookies is usually encoded; it is protected from potential computer hackers by security features.
- Cookies are necessary and enhance your browsing experience. Without cookies, you would have to re-enter all of your information every time you revisited a site. A cookie will simply remember your information on the website to save you time.
- Cookies only store the information you provide. A cookie cannot “grab” your email address. A cookie can store your email address on the website – if you have typed in your email address; a cookie stores all information you voluntarily give when you visit a website.
- Cookies themselves contain very little information other than the URL of the website that created the cookie. Because there is so little information, a cookie can’t be used to identify you by name or other personal information. However, advances in technology have seen an increase in how companies can manipulate cookie information to create a profile of your web surfing habits. Again, this is a profile of a particular consumer’s surfing habits and product preferences, there is no name (your name) attached to the profile.
- Cookies are harmless. They cannot introduce viruses on your computer.
- Cookies are not the same thing as Spyware. A cookie stores your website surfing information; Spyware stores your Internet surfing information (every site you visit).
What types of cookies does Mead Open Farm use?
There are generally four categories of cookies: “Strictly Necessary,” “Performance,” “Functionality,” and “Targeting.” Mead Open Farm routinely uses only one category of cookies on its website – Targeting Cookies.
These cookies can remember that your device has visited a site or service, and may also be able to track your device’s browsing activity on other sites or services other than www.meadopenfarm.co.uk. This information may be shared with organisations outside Mead Open Farm, such as advertising networks to deliver the advertising, and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.
None of this information personally identifies you and is not connected to any data we may collect when you sign up for our Newsletter or purchase tickets from us via www.meadopenfarm.co.uk.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
First and third party cookies
First-party cookies are cookies that belong to www.meadopenfarm.co.uk, third-party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device through our website. Third-party cookies may be placed on your device on behalf of someone providing a service for Mead Open Farm, for example to help us understand how our website is being used.
How to control and delete cookies
If you want to delete cookies follow the instructions at http://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Your-Browser%27s-Cookies. If you wish to disable your browser from receiving cookies follow the instructions at http://www.wikihow.com/Disable-Cookies. You can find out more information about cookie settings at third-party information sites, such as www.allaboutcookies.org.
Please note these websites are not controlled or edited by Mead Open Farm and as such we are not responsible for the accuracy of any information published on them.