Cookie Policy

Last updated on 11 August 2014 11:30 AM BST

This site, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help us customise your experience. This page contains information about cookies and how you can control them. If it does not provide the information you were looking for, or you have any further questions about the use of cookies on the CSPOnline's website, please email at csponline@icsa.org.uk

What are cookies?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's device. It is generated by a web page server, which is the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site.

What do you use cookies for?

Cookies are an important part of the internet. They make using websites much smoother and affect lots of the useful features of websites. There are many different uses for cookies, but they fall into four main groups:

(i) Cookies that are needed to provide the service you have asked for

Some cookies are essential so you can move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you've asked for can't be provided. These cookies don't gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

Here are some examples of essential cookies:

  • Keeping you logged in during your visit; without cookies you might have to log in on every page you go to.
  • When you add something to the online shopping basket, cookies make sure it's still there when you get to the checkout.
  • Some are session cookies which make it possible to navigate through the website smoothly. However these are automatically deleted after you close your web browser.

(ii) Improving your browsing experience

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make, such as your language or region and they provide improved features. Here are a few examples of just some of the ways that cookies are used to improve your experience on our websites:  

  • Remembering your preferences and settings, including marketing preferences.
  • Remembering if you've filled in a survey, so you're not asked to do it again.
  • Remembering if you've been to the site before. If you are a first-time user, you might see different content to a regular user.
  • Restricting the number of times you're shown a particular advertisment. This is sometimes called 'frequency capping'.
  • Showing you information that's relevant to products of ours that you have.
  • Enabling social media components, like Facebook or Twitter.
  • Showing 'related article' links that are relevant to the page you're looking at
  • Remembering a location you've entered such as weather forecasts.

Types of cookies

Cookies can be grouped in the following categories:

Session cookies

These cookies are temporary. They are stored in the devices’ memory only during a user's browsing session and are automatically deleted from the user's device when the browser is closed.

Persistent or permanent

These cookies are stored on the user's device and are not deleted when the browser is closed. Permanent cookies can retain user preferences for a particular web site, allowing those preferences to be used in future browsing sessions. These cookies remain on your device until you erase them or they expire (this depends on how long the visited website has defined the cookie to last).

Here is a list of all the cookies used on this website:

First party cookies

First party cookies are set by our website, you are visiting and they can only be read by our site.

Cookies Name Category Description
Session Resources  SNd4d7a18bf9f180 Strictly necessary The cookiesare essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. These cookies do not contain any personal information. Without these, services on the website may not function properly
Persistent Accept Cookies Strictly necessary This cookies is used to record if a user has accepted the use of cookies of our website

 

Third party cookies

Our website uses the following third-party suppliers who may also set cookies on your device as you browse our website. Please note that, where we embed content from third-party sites such as YouTube, you may also have cookies from these third-party websites installed on your device. ICSA does not control these cookies and you should check the privacy policy of the relevant website for more information.

 

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Google Analytics (Performance) These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. For more information about Google’s privacy policy, please use this link: Google’s privacy policy

To opt out of Google Analytics, please use this link: Opt out of Google Analytics
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Twitter Twitter set a series of cookies on any page that includes a Twitter feed. Twitter will automatically create these cookies. These cookies are installed by Twitter and are used to detect if you are currently logged into Twitter when you visit our website, and if you are already following us. For more information about Twitter’s privacy policy, please use this link: Twitter’s privacy policy

 

Email a friend and share this article facilities

Please note, when you use these facilities and provide us with personal data (e.g. the name and email address) of a third party, please ensure that you have their consent before giving us their details.

Switch Off / Prevent Cookies on your browser

Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer.

These links explain how you can control cookies via your browser - remember that if you turn off cookies in your browser then these settings apply to all websites not just this one:

Useful links

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:

All About Cookies

For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful:

The Information Commissioner's Office

If you would like to contact us about cookies please email us at csponline@icsa.org.uk