1. What Are Cookies?
A “cookie” is a piece of data, normally stored in text files, that is stored on your computer’s hard drive when you visit a website; it is a way of information being “remembered” between webpages. Cookies are used by nearly all websites and often rely on them to perform certain features and functions.
By not accepting / blocking cookies, our website may not function fully or as intended.
Cookies are used to record how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. They allow you to visit a website, then move around the website and stay “logged in”, and allow you to set preferences for the display of a page, and for these to be remembered the next time you return to it.
Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes
2. Types of Cookies & How We Use Them
2.1. A cookie can be classified by its lifespan and the domain to which it belongs. By lifespan, a cookie is either a “session” or a “persistent” cookie. A “session” cookie is one which is erased when you close the browser. These are for essential site functions, and to make sure pages are sent to the browser as quickly and efficiently as possible. A “persistent” cookie can remain on your computer/ device for a pre-defined period of time. Analytics cookies are probably the most common form of persistent cookies.
a. Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services. These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively and therefore cannot be turned off.
b. Performance / Analytical cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily, and see which parts of the site are most popular.
c. Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region). They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog and logging in to your member area.
d. Secure cookies: These cookies are only transmitted via HTTPS (the prefix you see before the website URL (address).
2.2. Common uses include but are not limited to:
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, e-mail address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
3. External Links & Embedded Content
This site includes embedded content (e.g. articles, images, videos etc.) from other sources. This website also includes links to third-party sources (websites, plug-ins and applications). This content may behave in the exact same way as if you visited the other website directly. Clicking on those links may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. We encourage you to check the privacy policies for any site linked to from this site if you make that connection.
As we regularly use videos embedded from YouTube and Vimeo, you can read their Privacy Policies here:
We use PayPal, GoCardless and Stripe as our payment methods and therefore this site contains links to these sites directly, here are the links to their own privacy policies:
4. Managing Your Cookies
You can choose to delete Cookies at any time; however you may lose any information that enables you to access the Website more quickly and efficiently including, but not limited to, personalisation settings.
You can choose to enable or disable Cookies in your internet browser. By default, most internet browsers accept Cookies but this can be changed. Again remember this may impact your experience in accessing the information and resources on our site.
For further details, please consult the help menu in your internet browser. It is recommended that you ensure that your internet browser is up-to-date and that you consult the help and guidance provided by the developer of your internet browser if you are unsure about adjusting your privacy settings.
© Kerry Chumbley trading as Positive Twists Last Updated: 28th May 2018