Cookie policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or device by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Like most organisations, we use cookies for a range of tasks. These include allowing you to browse between pages effectively, recording and storing your preferences and generally improving your online experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you. We also use similar technologies such as pixel tags and JavaScript to undertake these jobs.

If you visit our websites, we may deploy these technologies to provide an online service more suited to the device you visit on, as well as to prevent and detect fraud, and so keep you secure. When you visit our website, we collect information about your use of the site, such as information about the device or browser you use to access the site (including device type, operating system, screen resolution and so forth), the way you interact with it, and the IP address your device connects from. You may not be able to initiate or complete some activities within our secure online services unless these cookies or similar technologies are installed.

Some of the cookies we set are ‘session cookies’, which remain only for the duration of your browser session and are deleted when you exit your web browser.  Others are “persistent cookies”, which remain on your device or computer for a period of time after you have exited your web browser.

First party and third party cookies

There are two ways in which cookies are set. First party cookies are those set by, or on behalf of, the web site you are visiting at that moment. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by another domain (that is, one other than the web site you are looking at).

Over the course of your visit to the Inspired Villages web site, you may visit different domains on which we host different content or applications. These domains are owned by us, but may share cookies between them; this means that we use both first and third party cookies to maintain security and ensure we can provide you with the best service across our web site. We may also use third party cookies provided by our authorised third parties.

Anonymous and pseudonymous cookie data

The vast majority of data stored in the cookies placed by our websites record anonymous information – that is, information that cannot be associated with an individual person. There are some occasions, like when we need to record your preferences, when we do need to record information in cookies that relate to you. However, whenever we do this, the cookie information is stored in a way that the data cannot be attributed to you, without linking it to additional information that is separately and securely stored on IVG Group systems. This is called pseudonymous data.

Cookies in emails

In addition to the cookies we use on this website, we also use cookies and similar technologies in some emails and push notifications. These help us to understand whether you have opened the email and how you have engaged with it; knowing which articles are most popular with our customers helps us to improve and optimise our content for the future. Cookies will also be set if you click on any link within the email.

Types of cookies

 

The cookies used by us are based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide for cookie categories:

What do I need to do?

The cookie settings on this website are set to ‘allow all cookies’ to improve the overall performance of our website and give you the best user experience.

If you click on ‘Yes, I acccept cookies’, you consent to this and you do not need to do anything further. These settings can be changed at any time through our Cookie Policy at the bottom of our website.

What if I don’t want cookies?

To make it easier for you to manage your cookie settings with us, we have provided you with the ability to disable some of the cookies we use. Click on 'change settings' to customise your experience.

If you want to disable all cookies, please be aware this will make browsing our websites much slower and some of the features described above when using strictly necessary, performance and functionality cookies will not be available to you. However, we understand that this is your decision and you can find more information on how to control your cookies via your browser settings at: Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. You can also get some useful advice here: www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies and www.youronlinechoices.eu.