Cookie Policy

Last Updated January 31st 2020

This cookie policy (“Cookie Policy”) is intended to inform you how we use “cookies” and similar technologies on our website at www.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.

To see which individual cookies we use on our Site(s), and the purposes for which they are used, please visit our Cookie Preference Centre, where you can also review and manage your cookie consent preferences whenever you wish.

 

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

There are various ways that you can manage your cookie preferences but 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.

Your options for managing your cookie preferences are set out below:

  1. Through the Cookie Preference Centre on our Site

When you access our Site, we will ask you to provide consent for our use of non-essential cookies. We may repeat this request on subsequent visits to our Site, for example if you delete cookies from your browser or we need to request new consents from you.

When we seek your consent, you will either be able to provide consent for all non-essential cookies that we would like to use, or you can tailor your cookie preferences (provide consent for some but not all non-essential cookies) using our Cookie Preference Centre. You can also change your preferences and/or withdraw your consent at any time by visiting our Cookie Preference Centre.

Where cookies are essential to the operation of our Site, we can use these without your consent and they cannot be managed using our Cookie Preference Centre.

  1. Using your browser settings or other tools

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.

Some cookies are dropped by third parties who operate the browser or application through which you access the Site (such as Google Chrome Cookies – see below). We do not have control of this and you will need to manage those cookie settings through the relevant third party application.

If you do not want to be tracked by Google Analytics, you can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on(but this will only work on certain browsers). For further information on Google Analytics and its use of cookies, please consult the Google Analytics cookie policy.

 

GOOGLE CHROME COOKIES

Separately to our use of Google Analytics cookies, when you access the Site via Google applications such as Google Chrome, Google may collect user information for the purpose of Google serving personalised advertising across your devices. Google is able place these advertising cookies on the devices used by visitors to the Site because we use Google services to run the Site. However these cookies are dropped for Google’s own purposes and as such we do not have any control over how or when they are dropped. You will need to opt out of receiving these cookies via your Google settings. For further information about these cookies please see: https://policies.google.com/technologies/types?hl=en-US. Please note that other browsers may use similar tools.