Cookies and how The People Factor uses them

What are cookies?
A ‘cookie’ is a small text file that is placed on a user’s computer by a website. There are several types of cookie and the most common are often referred to as ‘session’ cookies. These are used to keep track of information needed by a user as they travel from page to page within a website. These cookies have a short lifetime and expire within a few minutes of the user leaving the site.

What cookies are used?
The People Factor primarily uses benign, short lived ‘session’ cookies and ‘first party’ cookies to tell whether a website user has logged-in. They are also used to track anonymously which areas of the site are popular and which are not used; this allows us to target carefully our website resources. Below is an easy to digest breakdown of the types of cookies we use and examples of how we use them.

1. Essential Cookies
These cookies are essential for the running of our websites. Without the use of these cookies parts of our websites would not function. For example, as a logged in member of The People Factor, you are able to access content which is otherwise not accessible, in order to check you are logged in and allowed to access this content, a cookie must be set which is used to identify you.

2. Analytical Performance Cookies
We use these types of cookies to monitor our websites performance and how it is used. These cookies provide us with information that helps us improve our website as well as to identify any areas that may need maintenance. For example, we use performance cookies to identify content that is rarely viewed, this allows us to find ways of making it more easily found.

3. Functional Cookies
Functional cookies are used to remember your preferences on our websites. This can be anything from remembering your location or saving your username (where applicable).
Other Cookies

The People Factor also uses cookies in its email communications to personalise the email and track whether the mail has been opened or read and whether the recipient has used any website links contained in the email communication. This allows us to monitor and improve our email communications and how they relate to our website.

Useful information about Cookies
Further information about cookies can be found on the following websites:
All About Cookies
Information Commissioners Office

If you have any questions about the use of cookies on our websites, please email:
sayhello@thepeoplefactor.org.uk
This document is dated 8th April 2016

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