Cookie policy for smart.co and member.smart.co

Updated 13th February 2020

Our websites at smart.co and member.smart.co use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our websites at https://www.smart.co/ and https://www.member.smart.co/ and also allows us to improve our sites.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences and goods and services you wish to purchase, and providing you with content that is relevant to you and your interests. You can find more information about cookies from these websites:

www.allaboutcookies.org

www.aboutcookies.org

www.youronlinechoices.eu

What we use cookies for:

Like most websites, member.smart.co uses cookies. These cookies are safe and secure and don’t store your personal information. We use them, for example, to:

  • Preserve your log-in state and remember your settings and preferences.
  • Show the most useful content for you, relating to our products and services.
  • Understand who visits our websites, how they navigate around them and how easy they find them to use.

What we do NOT use cookies for:

  • We never show adverts from third parties on our websites.
  • We don’t store any personal information in our cookies that can be used to identify you directly, like your name, email, postcode, IP address or financial information (credit card, bank account). Any data we do collect is anonymous.
  • We will never sell your data to anyone else for any reason. To read more about how we protect the information we collect about you, please read our Privacy Policy.

How do I change my cookie settings?

By using our website and our other online services, such as our mobile application, you agree to our use of cookies as described in this policy.

Some are strictly necessary for making our website work well. But you can choose to turn all the others on or off below. You can also manage what cookies are stored on your computer directly by setting your browser to accept or reject certain cookies. Blocking some types of cookies may mean you can’t use all the services or features on our sites.

You can either opt out using your browser settings and the process for opting out is described on the websites listed above. Alternatively you can opt out by using the individual opt out links for specific cookies and technologies listed below.

Third-party cookies are set by someone other than the owner of the website you’re visiting. Some of our pages may also contain content from other sites like YouTube, which may set their own cookies. If you share a link to a page on one of our sites, the platform you share it on (for example, Facebook) may set a cookie on your browser. We have no control over third-party cookies – you can turn them off, but not through us.

 

We use the following types of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log in to secure areas of our website.
  • Analytical or performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed and are used to make websites, and the advertising displayed on them, more relevant to your interests. These cookies are not used to tailor the member.smart.co website, but we may share this information with third parties who will use the information for this purpose.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below:

Google Analytics - cookie tag '_ga'

Cookie type: Analytical or performance cookies

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.

You can find out more generally about Google and its advertising policies and principles at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads.

https://policies.google.com/technologies/cookies?hl=en-GB&gl=uk 

You can install a browser plugin to maintain your preference to opt out of personalised ads from Google, even if you've cleared your cookies. 

https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996?hl=en-GB 

Google Analytics - cookie tag '_gid'

Cookie type: Analytical or performance cookies

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This cookie appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.

Google Analytics - cookie tag '_gat'

Cookie type: Analytical or performance cookies

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to their documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.

You Tube - cookie tag 'VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE'

Cookie type: Targeting cookie

YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos.

YouTube - cookie tag 'PREF'

Cookie type: Targeting cookie

YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. This is a common Google cookie, used across several of their services. Stores user preference, can be used to personalise ads on google searches.

YouTube - cookie tag 'GPS'

Cookie type: Targeting cookie

YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

Google - cookie tag 'IDE'

Cookie type: Targeting cookie

This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). Doubleclick is Google’s real time bidding advertising exchange.

Google - cookie tag 'YSC'

Cookie type: Targeting cookie

YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.