Cookies on AutoEnrolment.org
Our website, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help customise your experience. Cookies are stored on your computer, mobile phone or tablet, by your browser (eg Internet Explorer or Safari) and allow websites to record your activity and store your user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website, enabling it to recognise you and respond in a smarter and more personalised way.
A visit to one of our webpages may generate the following types of cookie:
- site performance cookies
- anonymous analytics cookies
- geo-targeting cookies
- registration cookies
- advertising cookies
- third party advertising cookies
- other third party cookies.
Site performance cookies
This type of cookie remembers your preferred settings for the tools found on our website so that you don’t have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include:
- volume settings for the video player
- whether you see the latest or the oldest article comments first
- which video streaming speeds are compatible with your browser.
Anonymous analytics cookies:
Every time you visit our website, web analytics software, provided by a third party, generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited our website before.
Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit our website.
Unless you are signed into AutoEnrolment.org, these cookies cannot be used to identify you and are used for statistical purposes only. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us when you registered, such as your username and email address.
These cookies are used by software to try to work out what country you are in, from information supplied by your browser when it requests a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous and is only used to help target content.
When you register with us we generate cookies that signal whether or not you are signed in to our website. Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with and if you are allowed access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post with your username.
If you have not selected ‘keep me signed in’, your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer, phone or tablet.
While you are signed in we combine information from your registration cookies with analytics cookies, which we could use to identify which pages you have seen on AutoEnrolment.org as an individual.
These cookies let us know whether or not you’ve seen an advert or a type of advert and how long it is since you’ve seen it.
We will set anonymous cookies on certain other websites that we advertise on. If you receive one of those cookies, we may then use it to identify you as having visited that website if you later visit AutoEnrolment.org; we will then be able to serve targeted advertising based on this information.
Third party advertising cookies
A lot of advertisements you see on AutoEnrolment.org are generated by third parties. Some of these third parties use their own anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular advert, or to track how many people have seen it more than once.
The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and we have no access to read or write these cookies. These third party advertising cookies may be used by those third parties to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to AutoEnrolment.org.
Other third party cookies
On some pages of our website, third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by us.
For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button on AutoEnrolment.org, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.
How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. But please note that this might significantly impact your ability to use AutoEnrolment.org. For example without cookies we would not be able to tell if you are signed in or not and you would not be able to post comments.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful; otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more detail:
- Cookie settings in IE
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices website at www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/
For more information you can also visit the Network Advertising Initiative website, which is the trade body representing these advertising platforms. On their website they have gathered together all of the opt-out controls. Please bear in mind that there are many more networks listed there than those that we use at AutoEnrolment.org. You can visit their website by clicking this link: http://networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp