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If you continue to use this website, we will use further cookies to maximise your experience and help us to understand how we can improve our services to you.
Please note, BISF House.com never sells any data regarding our users to other companies or third parties.
This policy is split into four sections:
1. What are cookies and tracking technologies?
2. The cookies and tracking technologies we use.
3. Our classification and types of cookies
4. How to Find, control, View, Edit and Delete your Cookies and Cache?
What are cookies and tracking technologies?
For the majority of websites to function properly, the website needs to collect certain basic information from its users.
To do this, a site will automatically create small text files known as cookies. These files are then placed on to users’ web browsers or computer. Cookies are designed to allow the website to recognise you each time you visit the website both now and in the future if you return to the site. They are also used to authorise other designated websites to recognise these users for a particular purpose.
Cookies do a lot of different jobs which make your experience of the Internet much smoother and more interactive.
They are used to remember your preferences on sites you visit often.
Sometimes when you visit certain websites that you have registered with, you may see a welcome message with your username displayed. This is an example of a cookie working to identify you.
They help to remember your user ID to assist with logins.
They can help to remember the contents of your shopping basket on a retail site.
They help you to navigate between pages more efficiently.
They also help ensure that any advertisements that you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
Much, though not all, of the data that they collect is anonymous, though some of it is designed to detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location to improve user experience.
Some websites may also contain images called ‘web beacons’ (also known as ‘clear gifs’). Web beacons only collect limited information, including a cookie number, a timestamp, and a record of the page on which they are placed.
Websites may also carry web beacons placed by third party advertisers. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign (for example by counting the number of visitors).
Information collected by cookies and web beacons is not personally identifiable.
The cookies and tracking technologies we use.
We collect a number of cookies from our users for various reasons, not least to track our own performance – but also to let us serve you content tailored to your own specifications, hopefully improving your overall experience of the site. Amongst other things, the cookies we use allow users to register to make comments, allow us to calculate how many visitors we have – anonymously, of course – and how long they stay on our site.
We currently do not sell advertising space, but we do use Googles Adsense advertising program to generate a small amount of revenue from showing adverts. This helps us to keep our website free to our readers and users.
We do not sell any of our users details to third parties, nor do we send unsolicited e-mails to our users or members.
Cookies may be used to track your visits to third party sites to help ensure that we are paid the correct amounts. Please note that these commercial arrangements do not influence our content in any way.
We believe that your experience of the site would be adversely affected if you opted out of the cookies we use.
Our classification and types of cookies
There are two types of cookie:
- Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for a set period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
- Session cookies are temporary. They allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
Cookies also have, broadly speaking, four different functions and can be categorised as follow: ‘strictly necessary’ cookies, ‘performance’ cookies, ‘functionality’ cookies and ‘targeting’ or ‘advertising’ cookies.
Strictly necessary cookies are essential to navigate around a website and use its features. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to use basic services like registration or shopping baskets. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.
Examples of how we use ‘strictly necessary’ cookies include:
Setting unique identifiers for each unique visitor, so site numbers can be analysed.
Allowing you to sign in to The Independent website as a registered user.
Performance cookies collect anonymous data for statistical purposes on how visitors use a website, they don’t contain personal information, and are used to improve your user experience of a website.
Here are some examples of how we use performance cookies:
Gathering data about visits to the Website, including numbers of visitors and visits, length of time spent on the site, pages clicked on or where visitors have come from.
Information supplied by performance cookies helps us to understand how you use the Website; for example, whether or not you have visited before, what you looked at or clicked on and how you found us. We can then use this data to help improve our services. We generally use independent analytics companies to perform these services for us and when this is the case, these cookies may be set by a third party company (third party cookies).
Functionality cookies allow users to customise how a website looks for them: they can remember usernames, language preferences and regions, and can be used to provide more personal services like local weather reports and traffic news.
Functionality Cookies are also used by a number of plugin programmes that we use on our website to increase functionality.
For example, our picture gallery is a plugin that uses functionality cookies, Our forum uses functionality cookies that enables you to upload images with your post. It also recognises the past images you have uploaded.
Here are some examples of how we use functionality cookies:
Storing your user preferences on Your Account page
Restricting the number of times you’re shown a particular advertisement (which is sometimes called ‘frequency capping’.)
Remembering if you’ve been to the site before so that messages intended for first-time users are not displayed to you.
Advertising and targeting cookies are used to deliver advertisements more relevant to you, but can also limit the number of times you see an advertisement, and be used to chart the effectiveness of an ad campaign by tracking users’ clicks. They can also provide security in transactions. They are usually placed by third-party advertising networks with a website operator’s permission, but can be placed by the operator themselves. They can remember that you have visited a website, and this information can be shared with other organisations, including other advertisers. They cannot determine who you are though, as the data collected is never linked to your profile.
The two main ways we use advertising and targeting cookies are set out below:
- Interest-based advertising (or online behavioural advertising) is where cookies are placed on your device by our third party service providers which remember your web browsing activity and group together your interests in order to provide you with targeted advertisements which are more relevant to you when you visit independent.co.uk. Your previous web browsing activity can also be used to infer things about you, such as your demographics (age, gender etc.). This information may also be used to make the advertising on independent.co.uk more relevant to you.
- ‘Retargeting’ is a form of interest-based advertising that enables our advertising partners to show you advertisements selected based on your online browsing activity away from the Website. This allows companies to advertise to people who previously visited their website. These cookies will usually be placed on your device by third-party advertising networks and we have listed the main third party networks we work with below.
Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests. If you would like more information about interest-based advertising, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com
How do I control my cookies?
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies and many websites will not work properly or you will lose some functionality. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our Website for these reasons.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings, and check the following links for more browser-specific information.
How to Find, View, Edit and Delete your Cookies and Cache
Clearing your cookies and cache
Depending on your browser, please follow the instructions below but please be aware that you may loose some functions from our website.
Internet Explorer 6.0
1. Click “Tools,” then “Internet Options.”
2. On the General tab, in the “Temporary Internet Files” section, click the “Delete Files” button.
3. Select “Delete Cookies.”
4. Click “Close.”
5. “Quit” the browser.
Internet Explorer 7.0
1. Click “Tools,” then “Delete Browsing History.”
2. In the “Temporary Internet Files” section, click on “Delete Files” and select “Yes.”
3. In the “Cookies” section, click on “Delete Cookies” and select “Yes.”
4. Click “Close.”
5. “Quit” the browser.
Internet Explorer 8.0
1. On the Internet Explorer Tools menu, click “Internet Options.”
2. The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.
3. On the General tab, in the Browsing History section, click the “Delete” button.
4. In the “Delete Browsing History” window that comes up, make sure that “Temporary Internet Files” and “Cookies” are selected.
5. Click the “Delete” button and restart the browser.
Safari 3.0 and 4.0
1. Open Safari.
2. Select “Empty Cache.”
3. Click “Empty” on the “Are you sure?” message.
4. Select “Preferences,” then the Security tab, “Show Cookies,” “Remove All.”
Firefox 3.0 for PCs and Macs
1. Click “Tools” and select “Clear Private Data.”
2. Make sure that “Cache” and “Cookies” are selected.
3. Click on “Clear Private Data Now.”
4. Exit and relaunch browser.
Firefox 3.5 for PCs and Macs
1. Click “Tools” and select “Clear Recent History.”
2. Make sure that “Cache” and “Cookies” are selected.
3. Click on “Clear Now.”
4. Exit and relaunch browser.
Google Chrome for Macs
1. Click the “Chrome” category and select “Clear Browsing Data.”
2. Make sure that “Empty the cache” and “Delete cookies and other site data” are selected.
3. Click on “Clear browsing data.”
4. Exit and relaunch the browser.
Google Chrome for PCs
1. Click the “wrench” icon in the top right-hand corner and select “Options.”
2. In the “Under the Hood” tab, click the “Clear browsing data…” button.
3. Make sure that “Empty the cache” and “Delete cookies and other site data” are selected.
4. Click on “Clear browsing data.”
5. Exit and relaunch the browser.
Managing performance cookies
It is possible to opt out of having your anonymised browsing activity within websites recorded by performance cookies.
BISFHouse.com uses the following companies and you can opt out of their cookies by clicking on the relevant links. Please note that this will take you to the relevant third party’s website and generate a ‘no thanks’ cookie, which will stop any further cookies being set by those third parties.
Don’t forget that by not allowing performance cookies, this stops us from being able to learn what people like or don’t like about our Website so that we can make it better.
Managing advertising cookies
Please note that if you want to opt out from receiving targeted advertising, this does not mean that you will receive less advertising when you use our Website. This just means that the advertising you see will not be as customised to you.
However if you still want to switch off third-party advertising cookies, you can turn do this by visiting the Internet Advertising Bureau’s consumer advice site, Youronlinechoices.com This will give you a list of all cookies that are currently set on your device and how to opt out of each of them. Please note that this list will contain more networks than just found on independent.co.uk. independent.co.uk ensures that all third party advertising networks and advertisers who set cookies on our Website are signed up to this website.
We have also set out links below to some of the specific partners we work with who set cookies on our websites, and therefore on your computer, each of which have instructions on how to opt out of their cookies.
Google – http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/html/opt-out.html
Cloudflare – https://www.cloudflare.com/cookie-policy/
By continuing to use our site, you need to opt in and agree to the placement of cookies on your device. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be. For instance, the site won’t be able to recognise your commenter ID, meaning that you won’t be able to leave comments.