What are cookies?

Cookies are little text files which are stored on the browser or hard drive of your computer or mobile device when you visit a webpage or application. Cookies work to make your experience browsing our site as smooth as possible and they remember your preferences so you don’t have to insert your details again and again.

There are different types of cookies. Some cookies come directly from our website and others come from third parties which place cookies on our site.

Cookies can be stored for varying lengths of time on your browser or device. Session cookies are deleted from your computer or device when you close your web-browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer or device until deleted or until they reach their expiry date.

These are the types of cookies which operate on our website:

1. The essentials

Some cookies are essential for you to be able to experience the full functionality of our site.  Without these cookies, some parts of our site just won’t work as they should.

2. The performance improves

These cookies tell us about how you use the site and they help us to make it better. For example, these cookies count the number of visitors to our website and see how visitors move around when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example, by ensuring that users find what they are looking for easily.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to enhance your browsing experience by:

  • Analysing how your use our site which helps us to troubleshoot any problems and to monitor our own performance.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use the Websites, which site the user came from, the number of each user’s visits and how long a user stays on the Websites.

This analytical tool uses a cookie set by Google to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the Google analytics cookie about your use of any website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google, and used to evaluate and compile statistical reports about this use for the New Forest Marque.

The New Forest Marque will not (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or collect any personally identifiable information about users of our sites, and will not associate any data gathered by means of the Google statistical tool with any personally identifying information. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither the New Forest Marque nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user.

We also use social media buttons on our site which allow you to share content and interact with your social network on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. These social media platforms may set their own cookies on your device. We do not control the settings of these cookies so we suggest you check the social media website for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

How do you change cookie preferences or block cookies?

Within your browser, you can choose whether you wish to accept cookies or not. Different browsers make different controls available to you. Generally, your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times, or those from providers that website owners use i.e. third party cookies or those from specific websites. Each browser’s website should contain instructions on how you can do this.

For further information please refer to: https://www.aboutcookies.org/how-to-delete-cookies/

If you block cookies on our website, you may be unable to access certain areas of our website and certain functions and pages will not work in the usual way.