1. What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website, so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately.
A visit to a page on the Food safety Solutions website may generate the following types of cookie:
Site performance cookies
Anonymous analytics cookies
Third party advertising cookies
3. Site Performance Cookies
This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on Food safety Solution`s website, so you don’t have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include:
– Volume settings for our video player
– Whether you see the latest or the oldest article comments first
– Video streaming speeds that are compatible with your browser
4. Anonymous Analytics Cookies
Every time someone visits our website, software provided by another organisation generates an “anonymous analytics cookie”. These types of cookies include, but are not limited to, Google Analytics and Hotjar and are anonymous. This allows Food Safety Solutions to measure the type of visits to the website and view how content is performing. They also allow us to see if you have visited the website before and whether to generate a new cookie if you are a first-time user. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don’t, we generate new ones.
Unless you are signed in to Food Safety Solutions, we cannot use these cookies to identify individuals. We use them to gather statistics, for example, the number of visits to a page. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as your username and email address.
5. Geotargeting Cookies
These cookies are used by software which tries to work out what country you are in from the information supplied by your browser when you click on a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and we only use it to help target our content and advertising.
6. Registration Cookies
When you register with Food Safety Solutions, we generate cookies that let us know whether you are signed in or not. Our servers/partner servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post with your username. If you have not selected “keep me signed in”, your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer. While you are signed into either of the sites, we combine information from your registration cookies with analytics cookies, which we could use to identify which pages you have seen on Food Safety Solutions.com.
7. Advertising Cookies
Advertisements you see on Food Safety Solutions website may be provided by other organisations. Some of these organisations use their own anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular ad, or to track how many people have seen it more than once. The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and we have no access to read or write these cookies. These organizations may use their cookies to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to Food Safety Solutions.com.
8. Other third-party Cookies
On some pages of our website, other organisations may also set their own anonymous cookies. They do this to track the success of their application, or to customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work, our website cannot access these cookies, nor can the other organisation access the data in cookies we use on our website. For example, when you share an article using a social-media sharing button (for example, Facebook) on Food Safety Solutions, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.
9. How do I turn Cookies off?
It is possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to avail of many features on our website, for example, posting comments, if you do not have Cookies enabled.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the Help option in your browser for more details.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS
10. 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: