Cookies Policy

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AIM OF THIS POLICY

The aim of this policy to is to inform users of the FOP Friends website about the use of cookies on its site. This policy should be read in conjunction with our Website Usage Policy, Data Protection Policy, and Privacy Notice.

1. WHAT IS A COOKIE?

A cookie is a small file placed on your computer’s hard drive. It enables FOP Friends’ website to identify your computer as you view different pages on our website.

Cookies allow websites and applications to store your preferences in order to present content, options or functions that are specific to you. They also enable the charity to see information like how many people are using our website, and what pages they tend to visit.

2. HOW WE USE COOKIES

Our cookies help us to:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our charity more efficient, ultimately helping us to offer the information and services you require

We do not use cookies to:

Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)

  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Earn sales commissions

3. GRANTING US PERMISSION TO USE COOKIES

When you first visit our site, you will be asked via a pop-up to accept cookies. If you continue to use our website, it will be taken as consent to this Policy. Should you wish to remove, or not use, cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below. However, doing so it is highly likely that our site will not work as you would expect.

4. WEBSITE FUNCTION COOKIES

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Remembering your search settings
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Cookies on our website are set by:

  • ShareThis – They provide us with lots of sharing buttons all in one neat package
  • Twitter – We use the official twitter buttons on various places throughout the site

5. THIRD PARTY FUNCTIONS

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third-parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video.

Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • Disqus – Allows users to comment on our blog posts

Disabling these cookies is likely to break the functions that are offered by these third parties

6. SOCIAL WEBSITE COOKIES 

In order for you to easily "Like" or share our content on the sites such as Facebook and Twitter, we have included sharing buttons on our site.

The privacy implications of this will vary from social network to social network, and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

7. VISITOR STATISTIC COOKIES 

FOP Friends uses Google Analytics to analyse the cookies from our site to compile visitor statistics. It allows us to understand: such as:

  • Where our visitors have come from
  • How they arrived
  • What they were interested in while they were visiting our site

By collecting such information, we can determine what content users like or dislike and how they want to interact with our site. This then allows us to make continual improvements to the site to provide a better user experience and to continuously improve our website.

8. TURNING COOKIES OFF 

If you do not wish to accept cookies whilst browsing our website, you can choose to switch the cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. However, doing so is likely to limit the functionality of our websites and some pages and services may become unavailable to you.

FOP Friends 1147704: Cookies Policy February 2018

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