What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer (or other device you use to access the internet) by the websites that you visit, or companies that advertise on them. We use the term cookie to refer to cookies and other types of file (including pixel tags), all of which are slightly different, but perform a similar function. There are many different types of cookies, which differ in terms of how intrusive they are to your browsing experience. You can learn about cookies and how to control them at www.aboutcookies.org. The main types are:
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like returning search results, cannot be provided. These are usually placed by the website you are visiting (first party cookies) and will expire when you leave that website (session cookies).
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from webpages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. These will mainly be first party cookies but could be set by third party websites. They may be session cookies or persistent cookies that stay on your computer after your browsing session has finished.
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your username, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local content by storing a cookie in the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customize. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymized and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. They may be session cookies but will mainly be persistent cookies. Again, they could be set by first or third parties.
Targeting or Advertising Cookies
These 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 as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organizations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organization. This type of cookie will normally be set by third parties and will almost always be persistent. They will track you as you browse the internet.
The Cookies We Set
If you take part in a FFIBI’s survey cookies may be used to remember who has already taken part in a survey or to provide you with accurate results after you change pages. When you submit data through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms, cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence. To provide you with the best experience we can, we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. To remember your preferences, we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page which is affected by your preferences. When you visit our website, we track the following.
This helps us identify how well our website is working:
Anonymous (not personally identifiable)
information about you including your IP address, the ID of a cookie we set, information about the device you are using, including information about the operating system and browser. We use this information to bundle the data we receive from you into a complete picture of the actions you’ve taken on our website. Which pages on our website you visit, and how long you spend on each. Any actions you take on a page, for example what buttons you click or forms you fill in. Where you fill in a webform, we record the details that you leave. Note that this will only include personal identifiable information like your name or email address if you explicitly share these with us through a webform. We will use this information to maintain, enhance, or add to the functionality of our website. Any personal identifiable information recorded will never be shared with third parties.
Third Party Cookies
Updated February 01, 2021
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