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No - Web beacons, such as clear GIFs, web bugs, or pixel tags, are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, are used to track the online movements of our users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, web beacons are embedded invisibly on web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Web beacons are used in combination with cookies to help us and our advertisers understand the behaviour of our users.
Preference cookies help our Website to remember information that changes the way the site behaves or looks, for instance, by remembering what type of device you are using to browse our site we can ensure that the site displays correctly.
We use security / registration cookies to authenticate users
These are the cookies which help make our Website work. Simple functions such as navigating around web pages or accessing secure areas of the Website would not be possible without these cookies.
We use Google analytics to gather information about site usage. The information we gather includes but is not limited to; whether or not you have visited the site before; the pages you have accessed; the referring Website. In addition we also use Analytics to gather data on our users' demographics (age, gender) and interests (affinity categories, other categories). Should you wish to opt out you can use the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
Dotmailer ROI tracking reports referrals generated by our email campaigns. Our emails may contain a single, campaign-unique web beacon pixel to tell us whether our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links or advertisements within the email.
We use Interest based advertising to serve our adverts to visitors that have loaded pages on our website and also on partner sites outside of the WBS domain. Our adverts will appear across the Google Display Network and the Microsoft Media Network, triggered by a cookie that is added to your browser upon loading certain pages. Membership duration can be up to 365 days or until the cookie is manually deleted. If you visit our pages again the membership may be renewed. The data we collect is non-personally identifiable information (Non PII) and is based on cookie information and browsing history. None of the information collected is ‘personal data’ or ‘sensitive personal’ data as defined by the Data Protection Act. We do not correlate personally identifiable information with remarketing lists, cookies, or other anonymous identifiers. If you object and wish to opt out you can visit Google's Ads Preferences Manager, Microsoft's About our ads or NAI's Consumer Opt out page.
We sometimes embed photos and video content from third party web sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. As a result, when you visit one of our pages containing such content, you may be presented with cookies from these web sites. We don't control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party's web site for more information. These cookies may record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. These cookies may be used by third parties for this purpose and linked to their own site functionality.
'Targeting' cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as 'Like' buttons and 'Share' buttons. The third party provides these services in return for recognising that you have visited our website. We use 'Targeting' cookies to… Link to social networks like Facebook, who may subsequently use information about your visit to target advertising to you on other websites, Provide advertising agencies with information on your visit so that they can present you with adverts that you may be interested in when you return to our website or visit other third party websites, Deliver content and marketing communications tailored to your interests based on information from your visit.
We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
If you would like to see the list of cookies that may be applied to your device when visiting the WBS web site please see our latest cookie list.