Modified 18th May 2020
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a Website/Platform. Cookies are widely used by website owners to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies set by the Website owner are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the Website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other Websites.
We use first and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons for our Platform to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Online Properties. Third parties serve cookies through our Websites for advertising, analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.
The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our Platform and the purposes they perform are described below (please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific Online Properties you visit):
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Platform and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas, making payment and site navigation. They may also include security services to prevent malicious use of the Platform.
These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our Platforms are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customise our Platform for you.
These cookies record your visit to our Platform, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Platform and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Third parties may serve cookies on your computer or mobile device to serve advertising through our Platform. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you may be interested in. They may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements. This can be accomplished by them using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to this and other sites to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable us or them to identify your name, contact details or other details that directly identify you unless you choose to provide these.
Some cookies allow advertisers to display on the websites you visit, relevant offers based on your consumption habits as well as measure the performance of their advertising campaigns. To work, this service is based on the deposit of a cookie on your browser when opening an email or your visit to the site of one of our partners. They only tell us your encrypted email address in an irreversible way and thus allowing us to create a technical key associated with our cookies. By depositing our cookies some technical information can be automatically collected (such as IP, your operating system or your browser type). Our cookies do not track your navigation. We do not store any information related to your connection.
Cookies are not the only way to recognise or track visitors to a website. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognise when someone has visited our Websites, performed a specific action such as a registration of purchase online, or opened an e-mail including them. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within a website to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to the website from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.
Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after the browser closes. These are known as session cookies. The login tracking cookie has a five year expiration and our own tracking cookie for partner referrals are valid for 180 days.
For other general queries, FS can be contacted via the contact section on the Platform or by writing to our registered address.