The table below summarises the different types of cookie we use on Stafford Web Studio Sites, together with their respective purpose and duration (i.e. how long each cookie will remain on your device).
1. What are Cookies?
Cookies are files or pieces of information that may be stored on your computer (or other internet enabled devices, such as a smartphone or tablet) when you visit a Stafford Web Studio Site. A cookie will usually contain the name of the website from which the cookie has come from, the “lifetime” of the cookie (i.e. how long it will remain on your device), and a value, which is usually a randomly generated unique number.
3. What types of Cookies do we use?
Two types of cookies may be used on the Stafford Web Studio Site “session cookies” and “persistent cookies”. Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain on your device until you leave the Stafford Web Studio Site. A persistent cookie remains on your device for much longer or until you manually delete it (how long the cookie remains on your device will depend on the duration or “lifetime” of the specific cookie and your browser settings).
Some of the pages you visit may also collect information using pixel tags (also called clear gifs) that may be shared with third parties which directly support our promotional activities and website development. For example, website usage information about visitors to Stafford Web Studio Site may be shared with our third party advertising agency to better target Internet banner advertisements on our websites. The information is not, however, personally identifiable, although it could be linked to your personal information.
4. Cookies used on Stafford Web Studio Site
Type of Cookie What do they do? Do these cookies collect my personal data / identify me?
Necessary- These cookies are essential to make Stafford Web Studio websites work correctly, they enable you to move around our websites and use our features. Examples include remembering previous actions (e.g. entered text) when navigating back to a page in the same session.
These cookies don’t identify you as an individual.
If you do not accept these cookies, it may affect the performance of the website, or parts of it.
Performance – These cookies help us understand how visitors interact with our websites by providing information about the areas visited, the time spent on the website, and any issues encountered, such as error messages. This helps us improve the performance of our websites.
These cookies don’t identify you as an individual. All data is collected and aggregated anonymously.
Functionality – These cookies allow our websites to remember the choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in).
The information these cookies collect may include personally identifiable information that you have disclosed, such as your username or profile picture. We shall always be transparent with you about your personalised online experience, what information we collect, what we do with it and with whom we share it.
If you do not accept these cookies, it may affect the performance and functionality of the website and may restrict access to content on the website.
Targeting / Advertising – These cookies are used to deliver content that is more relevant to you and your interests. They may be used to deliver targeted advertising or to limit the number of times you see an advertisement. They also help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on Stafford Web Studio Site and non-Stafford Web Studio websites.
We may use these cookies to remember websites you have visited and we may share this information with other parties, including advertisers and our agencies.
Most types of these cookies track consumers via their IP address (Link opens in a new window) so may collect some personal identifiable information. For more information about these cookies, including the information they collect and how this is used, see the Targeting / Advertising section below.
5. Do we use Third Party Cookies?
We use a number of suppliers that may also set cookies on your device on our behalf when you visit the Stafford Web Studio Site to allow them to deliver the services they are providing. To get more information about these cookies, as well as information about how to opt-out of receiving such cookies, see the relevant sections below.
When you visit the Stafford Web Studio Site you may receive cookies from third party websites or domains.
We endeavour to identify these cookies before they are used so that you can decide whether or not you wish to accept them. More information about these cookies may be available on the relevant third party’s website.
6. How can I Control or Delete Cookies?
Most internet browsers are initially set up to automatically accept cookies. You can change the settings to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent to your device. There are a number of ways to manage cookies. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about how to adjust or modify your browser settings
If you disable the cookies that we use, this may impact your experience while on the Stafford Web Studio Site, for example you may not be able to visit certain areas of a Stafford Web Studio Site or you may not receive personalised information when you visit a Stafford Web Studio Site.
If you use different devices to view and access the Stafford Web Studio Site (e.g. your computer, smartphone, tablet etc) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.
7. More Detailed Information
Session / temporary: These cookies are deleted from your device after you leave the website.
Permanent / persistent: These cookies are not deleted from your device after you leave the website. They remain on your device for a longer period of time.
Analytics / Tracking
Provides anonymous / aggregated information about where you go and what you do on Stafford Web Studio and other sites
Persistent, session and third party.
Stafford Web Studio uses the following Analytics Cookies (Link opens in a new window) & Web Beacons (Link opens in a new window)
1. Google Analytics: For more information about Google Analytics click here.
2. WordPress Stats: For more information about WordPress Stats.
Social Media / sharing
Allows you to share comments / ratings/pages / bookmarks and helps to provide access to social networks and social online tools more easily.
Cross site tracking
Provides anonymous information about visitors, such as the websites they visit before and/or after visiting a Stafford Web Studio website.
Support various different parts of functionality on Stafford Web Studio websites and partner websites such as playing videos, using online voucher codes / loyalty apps and downloading music.
Web beacons support various different parts of functionality on Stafford Web Studio websites. Web beacons (also known as web bugs / pixel tags/clear GIFs) monitor the behaviour of visitors on websites and can provide information such what users do on websites and user IP addresses to third party companies.