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Who we are

Foster Wales are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This Cookie Policy is provided for your information as a user of this website.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Almost every modern website in the world uses cookies to enhance your web browsing experience.

The file is saved to your computer and performs various purposes – from helping analyse web traffic to storing your website visitor preferences. Cookies allow websites such as ours to respond to your preferences as an individual. Our website can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website – for instance, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. We also can’t use cookies to identify you, or to distinguish you from other people who use your device using the same user account.

To find out more information about cookies, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

How you can choose to control cookies

You may also use on-site cookie controls, but you may prefer to control this yourself within your web browser software. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer.

How this is done, and the amount of control that you have over different types of cookie depends on which browser you use. All current common browsers will allow you to turn off cookies, or delete all cookies stored from your device at any time. Please refer to your specific browser’s support information on the exact process, here are some useful links:

The cookies created by our website or third party services we use are sometimes read by our third-party service providers. You’ll find each is detailed below in the section ‘The cookies we use’.

Note that, although our website functions correctly if you have cookies turned off, you may potentially remove support for some supporting functionality, such as language and/or accessibility options, and therefore your visitor preferences will not persist between page views as you navigate our website.

The cookies we use

The cookies that we use are saved automatically to your device (unless you have specified otherwise in your browser settings) when you visit our website – they may be read and used when you interact with other third-parties, such as social media accounts and apps, and also when you interact with other embedded services, like when viewing video or maps which are hosted by third-parties – for instance, watching an embedded YouTube video.

Cookie Name: wordpress_*

Purpose/party: Functional, first party.

Expiry: Persistent, long expiry.

Functionality/description: Will only get set if you log in to the site (members area or CMS login, if applicable). Used to keep you logged-into site. Uses hashed, encrypted data.

Cookie Name: wp-settings-*

Purpose/party: Functional, first party.

Expiry: Persistent, long expiry.

Functionality/description: Will only get set if you login to the site (members area or CMS login, if applicable). Used to store user settings. Uses hashed, encrypted data.

Cookie Name: viewed_cookie_policy

Purpose/party: Functional, first party.

Expiry: Persistent, long expiry.

Functionality/description: To store if you have viewed the cookie policy message.

Cookie Name: CookieLawInfoConsent

Purpose: Functional, first party.

Expiry: Persistent, long expiry.

Functionality: To store if you have accepted cookies.

Cookie Name: cookielawinfo-checkbox-*

Purpose/party: Functional, first party.

Expiry: Persistent, long expiry.

Functionality: Various cookies set with name prepended with ‘cookielawinfo-checkbox-’. Stores preferences of the types of cookie accepted by you.

Cookie Name: pll_language

Purpose/party: Functional, first party.

Expiry: Persistent, long expiry.

Functionality: Saves language preference setting. Note that disabling this will mean that your language preference will not persist between page views as you navigate our website.

Cookie Names: _ga and _ga_*

Purpose/party: Statistics, third party.

Expiry: Persistent/session based, long expiry.

Functionality: A single cookie called ‘_ga’, along with various additional cookies are set, with their names prefixed with ‘_ga_’, by Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a third-party service which we use to collect information about how visitors use our website. The service uses a non-sensitive unique ID for each user, which is then used to generate statistical data on how visitors use our website. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve our website. Data obtained via these cookies is accessible by Foster Wales/Google and associated Google services. For more information, please read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245.

Cookie Names: YSC, PREF, GPS, CONSENT, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

Purpose/party: Video delivery, third party.

Expiry: Persistent/session based, long expiry.

Functionality: Some pages of our site may include embedded YouTube videos. When videos are played, various supporting cookies may be saved to your device by your browser. These are used to enhance your video viewing experience. Data obtained via these cookies is accessible by Foster Wales/Google and associated Google services, but no personally-identifiable information is stored. For more information, please read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245.

Cookie Name: datr, x-src, fr, lu, c_user, datr, dpr, fr, presence, sb, XS, _fbp (depending on visitor circumstance/location)

Purpose/party: Statistics, remarking, third party.

Expiry: Mixed, persistent, long expiry.

Functionality: We use the pixel function of Facebook to identify users who have landed on certain pages, for the purposes of target group-orientated remarketing and advertising. The Facebook pixel stores a cookie, which means that information about your visit to our website will be shared with Facebook. You can modify your Facebook privacy settings for finer control. You can learn more about the different types of Facebook cookies here, https://www.facebook.com/policies/cookies/, and how to control aspects of your off-site Facebook privacy at https://www.facebook.com/help/2207256696182627.