- The types of cookies we use
- For how long they work and for what purposes they are used
- How to change your cookie settings and opt-out
- Who are we and how can you contact us?
Our website is thistleinitiatives.com and includes the sub-domains that we own and operate. When we refer to site we mean website.
When we refer to “you” we mean you as a user or visitor of our site.
You have full control and may at any time change or withdraw your cookie consent – See section 8 below “How you can change your cookie settings, including opting out”.
3. What is a Cookie?
There are different types of cookies and they are used for different purposes.
A cookie may contain information about the site itself, a unique identifier that allows the site to recognise your web browser when returning to the site, additional data that serves the purpose of the cookie, and the lifespan of the cookie itself.
The word “cookies” or “cookie data” also covers information about IP and MAC addresses and other information about your device collected by technologies embedded within the site.
Cookies are used to enable certain features (e.g. logging in), to track site usage (e.g. analytics), to store your user settings (e.g. time zone, notification preferences), and to personalise your content (e.g. advertising, language).
4. Session cookies vs. persistent cookies
Session cookies only last as long as your online session. This means they will disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser, and therefore are sometimes referred to as temporary cookies. Typically, session cookies are used to remember what a user put in their basket when browsing a site.
Persistent cookies are different. These cookies are sometimes called permanent cookies. They will stay on your computer or device after you close your browser. These types of cookies will expire according to the time specified in the cookie. You can see the specific duration of each persistent cookie as detailed in section 7.
5. What’s the difference between first and third-party cookies?
First party cookies are cookies that are set by the site you are visiting and it’s only this site that can access and read these cookies.
Third-party cookies are set by someone other than the owner of the site you’re visiting. As an example, some pages have content from other sites like YouTube. YouTube may set its own cookies on your browser when you play the video from YouTube. Cookies set by other sites and companies (i.e., third parties) can be used to track you on other sites that use the same third-party service.
We may engage third parties to assist with the maintenance, operation, creation or functionality of our site, e.g, analytics providers and content partners. We grant these third parties access to selected information to perform specific tasks on our behalf.
6. Types of cookies and how we use them
Strictly necessary cookies
Strictly necessary cookies are required for the basic functionality of our site to work. We use necessary cookies to make it possible for you to be able to use all of the services we provide during your visit to our site and ensure the content provided works correctly.
We also use necessary cookies to help with ensuring you are given the option to accept or reject cookies, block non-necessary cookies from working until you give consent, and remember your cookie settings and choices. The cookies also help keep track of, if, and when, you gave consent to analytical cookies, T&Cs and email marketing. These necessary cookies are also used for payment processing.
It’s not a requirement to accept nor possible to reject the use of strictly necessary cookies as they are core for the functionality of our site.
7. How you can change your cookie settings, including opting-out
As part of our cookie solution, we always ask for your consent to cookies, except for strictly necessary cookies, before placing cookies on your device.
We also always give you the option to change your consent. If you at one point gave consent to non-necessary cookies on our site, you can always change which cookies you wish to give consent to. This can be actioned by visiting ‘cookie management platform/banner’.
If you browse sites from multiple devices, you may also need to update your settings on each individual device.
Although some cookies can be blocked with little impact on your experience of a site, blocking all cookies may mean you are unable to access certain features and content on the site.
9. Who are we and how can you contact us?
Here is our company information:
Thistle Initiatives Limited, a company registered in England at 2nd Floor, 4 St Paul’s Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AY
We are a member of the Thistle Initiatives Group of companies.
10. More Information
More information about cookies, including how to block them or delete them, can be found at aboutcookies.org.
This policy was last reviewed and updated: May 2022