Last Updated 18th June 2014
What are cookies?
For almost any modern website to work properly, it needs to collect certain basic information on its users. To do this, a site will create files known as cookies – which are small text files – on its users’ computers. These cookies are designed to allow the website to recognise its users on subsequent visits, or 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. For instance, they are used to remember your preferences on sites you visit often, to remember your user ID and the contents of your shopping baskets, and to help you navigate between pages more efficiently. 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.
Information collected by cookies is not personally identifiable.
What cookies are in use on the Viewpoint Psychology Ltd website?
We create the following cookies on your computer:
- vpl_last_visit: This allows us to monitor how frequently users visit our website.
- vpl_list_activiy: This tells us the last time users visited our website.
- vpl_tracker: This tells us how often our pages are served to our users.
- google_analytics: A first party cookie that allows us deeper insight into our user information. Full information can be found here.
What’s the law?
Recently, the law on cookies has changed. Now sites that try to place performance, functionality, and targeting and advertising cookies can assume your permission to allow these unless you otherwise opt out. To find out more about the law, click here.
The Viewpoint Psychology Ltd collects a number of cookies from its 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 allow us to calculate how many visitors we have - anonymously, of course - and how long they stay on our site.
We do our utmost to respect users’ privacy. We use these cookies solely to monitor and improve our web performance and content delivery service to you, the user. We believe that your experience of the site would be adversely affected if you opted out of the cookies we use.
How do I turn cookies off?
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 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.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
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