What is a cookie?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information that are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a site to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies here.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’)
The cookies used on the Affinity website have been categorised based on the categories found in the UK International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Cookie guide. A list of all the cookies used on this site by category is set out below.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly necessary cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the site and use its features and/or services. Without these absolutely necessary cookies, the site will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like it to and we may not be able to provide certain services or features.
|Cookie Name||Description||When do cookies expire?||1st or 3rd Party|
|PHPSESSID||Creates a unique session ID for the user. No personal information is stored within this cookie.||End of session||1st party|
|wordpress_logged_in_[hash||The cookie takes care of storing the status of user authentication.||1 year||1st party|
|wordpress_sec_[hash] –||Checks if the browser is enabled to save cookies or not.||1 year||1st party|
|wordpress_test_cookie –||Checks if the browser is enabled to save cookies or not.||1 year||1st party|
Performance cookies collect information about how visitors use a site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a site works or to better understand the demographics of our site’s users.
|Cookie Name||Description||When do cookies expire?||1st or 3rd Party|
|We use Google Analytics to measure how users interact with our site content, for example what are the most popular pages. Google Analytics is Google’s free web analytics tool that mainly helps site owners to understand how their visitors engage with their site by setting cookies on the domain of the site you are visiting. They collect information anonymously and report site trends without identifying individual visitors, such as location, age, gender, etc.||From session to 2 years, please check: Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Sites||3rd party|
Functional cookies allow this site to remember choices you make (such as your user name and log-in details) and any customisations you make to site pages during your visit and provide enhanced, more personal features. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. More information about such cookies can be found in the relevant third party website.
|Cookie Name||Description||1st or 3rd Party|
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, PREF, use_hitbox
|Display of Affinity content hosted on youtube.com||3rd party|
Targeting or Advertising Cookies
Targeting or Advertising cookies are linked to services provided by third parties. These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising on other sites you subsequently visit relevant to you and your interests, to limit the number of times those adverts are served to you and to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.
Affinity does not use any targeting or advertising cookies.
Managing cookies in your browser
In addition to the options provided above, you may refuse or accept cookies from this website at any time by activating settings on your browser. Information about the procedure to follow in order to enable or disable cookies can be found on your Internet browser provider’s site via your help screen. We have also supplied links to several of the more popular browsers for procedures on how to view and disable cookies.
Please be aware that if cookies are disabled, not all features of the Site may operate as intended.
How to delete cookies
For further information on how to delete cookies we recommend that you read the information provided at following link: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/clear-cookies-installed.html.
You can find more information about cookies by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org to obtain detailed information on how to prevent cookies from being set on your particular browser.
For further information about Google Analytics please see Safeguarding your data.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all Sites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
If you would like further information about the cookies used in relation to YouTube videos, the YouTube privacy notice, including details about YouTube related cookies, is available at: https://www.google.co.uk/policies/privacy/.
If you would like to find out more about advertising networks and affiliate programmes and how cookies are used for these purposes, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com. This is an information portal which is run by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade association for digital advertising, and will provide you will all the information you need to know about online behavioural advertising and the choices available to you.
Giving us your personal information
Please note that where you provide us with your personal information (e.g. name, email address, mobile phone number, salary details, and/or other contact information through a facility provided on this website or directly to us by e-mail, you consent to us:
- processing and administering your personal data to perform all necessary actions to give effect to your request or instruction; and
- retaining a record of incoming and outgoing communications (e.g. email). Information in the email we receive and send will not be disclosed to any third party without the permission of the sender unless otherwise in accordance with the Data Protection legislation.
Security of data
Affinity takes seriously its security obligations in respect of your personal data under the Data Protection Acts to prevent unauthorised access to, or alteration or destruction of personal data in our possession.
Right of Access
Where you have provided us with your personal data you have a right to be given a copy of your personal data in accordance with section 4 of the Data Protection Acts subject to certain exceptions. To request a copy of your personal data please email email@example.com.
Right of rectification or erasure
If we hold incorrect information about you which was originally submitted by you through this website, you have the right to have the data amended. You also have the right to have any information you have sent to us via this website erased. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Glossary of technical terms used
IP address: the identifying details for your computer (or your internet company’s computer), expressed in “internet protocol” code (for example 192.168.72.34). Every computer connected to the web has a unique IP address, although the address may not be the same every time a connection is made.
Personal data: means information about you which can identify you and which is in the possession of Affinity (e.g. your name and address)
web browser: the piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari.