Cookies

Definition

A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser.

Session Cookies

It is essential for the operation of ask4′s websites that they make use of session cookies and as such are deemed to not require consent.

Session cookies are defined as transient cookies (a cookie that is erased when the user closes the Web browser), that is used to identify requests from one web session over another. The session cookie only contains a unique identifier for the session, rather than the user. The session cookie allows options selected in one webpage to be linked to the options selected in other pages which is essential for the correct operation of all ask4′s websites (excluding content only websites).

Session cookies do not collect information from the user’s computer.

Google Analytics

Ask4′s portal website makes use of Google Analytics, which in turn makes use of a cookie. While analytics is not essential to the operation of the site (thus requiring consent), it provides ask4 with data on types of systems being used to browse the web by our users. Analytics provides or tracks no data about the user, but rather allows for information about the browser to be collected. Examples of the type of data collected is, platform (Windows, Mac, Linux etc), browser (ie,firefox, chrome) and screen size.

This data aids ask4 in developing its websites, as well as providing information to our support team on OS and browser share.

Facebook / Social network plugins

A number of ask4′s websites make use of social media. The integration with these social media sites makes use of cookies. The cookies are used by the social media sites as session cookies, so if the user is logged in to the social media website, actions taken in the social media plug-in in ask4′s site are used by the social media website to ensure the correct user is identified on the social media site.