Cookie Policy

Last Updated January 10th 2020

This cookie policy (“Cookie Policy”) is intended to inform you how we use “cookies” and similar technologies on our website at thehooksite.com, www.thehookgroup.co.uk (“Site”) and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our Site. Please take a moment to read and understand this Cookie Policy. This Cookie Policy should also be read in conjunction with our Privacy Policy.

WHAT ARE COOKIES OR SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES?

Cookies and similar technologies are very small text documents or pieces of code, which often include an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website or use a mobile application, a computer asks your computer or mobile device for permission to store this file on your computer or mobile device and access information from it.

Information gathered through cookies and similar technologies may include the date and time of visits and how you are using the particular website or mobile application.

We use first and third party cookies in connection with our Site. First party cookies are cookies placed by us to collect information about you. However, certain cookies available through our Site are placed by third party website operators. This means that the information about you collected by those third party cookies will be shared with the relevant third party. Please refer to the relevant third party website operator’s privacy notice for more information about how they may use such information.

Other similar technologies we may use include pixels and SDKs. Pixels which are small images on a web page or in an email. Pixels collect information about your browser or device and can set cookies. SDKs are blocks of code provided by our partners that may be installed in our mobile applications. SDKs help us understand how you interact with our mobile applications and collect certain information about the device and network you use to access our applications, such as the advertising identifier associated with your device and information about how you interact with our applications.

For more details on cookies and similar technologies, please visit All About Cookies. For the purposes of the remaining sections of this Cookie Policy, we will refer to all technologies using the above features as “cookies”.

HOW LONG DO COOKIES LAST?

All cookies have expiration dates that determine how long they stay in your browser:

Session Cookies – these are temporary cookies that expire (and are automatically erased) whenever you close your browser.

Persistent Cookies – these usually have an expiration date and so stay in your browser until they expire, or until you manually delete them.

COOKIES USED ON OUR SITE

We use the following types of cookies on our Site:

Essential Cookies – Essential cookies are those cookies which are essential for the operation of a website. Essential cookies include cookies such as login cookies and shopping cart cookies.

Functionality Cookies – These cookies recognise you when you return to a website, they remember your preferences and they provide enhanced, more personalised features.

Analytics/Performance Cookies – Analytics cookies, along with other information, allow websites to calculate the aggregate number of people using a website and which features of a website are most popular. This information is generally used to improve the website.

Social Media Cookies – These cookies are used to personalise your interaction with social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and YouTube. Such cookies recognise users of those social media sites when you view social media content on the website. They also allow you to quickly share content across social media, through the use of simple “sharing” buttons. Some websites may also contain features that enable you to use your social media account to sign in and create/maintain an account with the website you are visiting and to enable the website operator to store your content. This involves the use of cookies.

Targeting Cookies – Targeting cookies (also known as advertising cookies) deliver adverts that are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement on a website and help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.

The table below sets out more information about the individual cookies we may use on on our Site and the purposes for which they are used.

Cookie Name1st Party or 3rd Party cookieCookie TypePurposeDuration
_ga3rd PartyAnalyticalThis is a Google Analytics cookie. It registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on the use of our Site.
More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html
Two years
_gat3rd PartyAnalyticalThis is a Google Analytics cookie. It is used to throttle the request rate on our Site.
More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html
1 minute
_gid3rd PartyAnalyticalThis is a Google Analytics cookie. It registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on the use of our Site.
More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html
24 hours
collect3rd PartyAnalyticalThis is a Google Analytics cookie. It is used to send data to google analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. It tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.
More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html
One Year
One Signal3rd PartyAnalytical & FunctionalityThese cookies allow in browser push notifications to be sent if a user signs up for the push notification service.
More information about One Signal can be found here: https://www.cloudflare.com/cookie-policy/
TBC
ShareThis3rd PartyAnalyticalThese are session and persistent cookies used by our ShareThis widget to allow users to share content from our news / blog across social media sites. These collect detailed statistics on usage history, trends and counts of social media shares, geolocation of users, types of devices used and user history of websites visited.
More information about ShareThis can be found here: https://sharethis.com/privacy/
TBC
Taboola3rd PartyAnalytical & TargetingMore information about Taboola can be found here: https://www.taboola.com/cookie-policyTBC
Spot.im3rd PartyAnalytical & FunctionalityThese are Analytical & Functionality cookies to enable users to comment on articles and to provide recommended articles.
More information about Spot.im can be found here: https://www.spot.im/cookies/
TBC
Cloudflare3rd PartyAnalyticalCloudflare uses the _cflb, _cf_bm, and _cfduid, cookies to maximize network resources, manage traffic, and protect visitors from malicious traffic. We use Cloudflare to serve content via a CDN.
More information about Cloudflare can be found here: https://www.cloudflare.com/cookie-policy/
TBC

CONSENT TO USE COOKIES

Non-essential Cookies – We may only store and access non-essential cookies on your device with your permission. You are not obliged to give consent to our use of non-essential cookies. Further, if you give your consent and then change your mind you can block or delete them (see below).

Essential Cookies – Please note that we do not need your consent to store and access essential cookies on your device, although you can still block or delete them (see below).

REFUSING, BLOCKING AND DELETING COOKIES

You can block the use of cookies altogether by activating the relevant settings in your browser. For more information on cookie management and blocking or deleting cookies for a wide variety of browsers, visit All About Cookies.

Please be aware that in order to use some parts of our Site you will need to allow certain essential or functional cookies. If you subsequently block or delete those cookies, some aspects of our Site may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of our Site.