Last updated: May 25, 2018
What are cookies?
Cookies are files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to the device you use when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies do lots of different and useful jobs, such as remembering your preferences, and generally improving your online experience.
There are different types of cookies. They all work in the same way, but have minor differences.
Our cookies help us to:
- Make our website work as you’d expect
- Offer you free services/content (thanks to advertising)
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook or Pinterest
- Continuously improve our website for you
- Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to provide free content for you to read)
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
- Pay sales commissions
You can learn more about cookies below.
Session cookies last only for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. They facilitate tasks such as allowing a website to identify that a user of a particular device is navigating from page to page, supporting website security or basic functionality.
These are saved on your device. So they don’t get deleted when you close your browser. We use persistent cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use them to remember your cookie preferences for the next time you visit.
There are many types of persistent cookies:
First party cookies: These are set by the website you’re visiting and only that website can read them. A website might use a separate company to analyse how people are using their site and this separate company will set their own cookie to do this.
We use Google Analytics and Statcounter to provide our website analytics.
Third party cookies: These are set by someone other than the owner of the website you’re visiting. Some Pocketful of Pixie Dust web pages may also contain content from other sites like YouTube, Instagram or Pinterest which may set their own cookies. Also, if you share one of our pages using the social media share buttons the service you share it on (e.g. Facebook) may set a cookie on your browser.
Pocketful of Pixie Dust has no control over third party cookies.
Strictly necessary cookies: these cookies are essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features. These cookies don’t gather information about you for the purposes of marketing.
Performance cookies: these cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for example, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor, although they may collect the IP address of the device used to access the site. All information these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how a website works, the user experience and to optimise our advertising. By using our websites, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, however, you can block them using your browser settings. For more information on how to do this in popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari), take a look at this page.
Functionality cookies: These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as whether you wish to subscribe to our newsletter). They may also be used to provide services you request, such as watching a video. The information these cookies collect is anonymised (i.e. it does not contain your name, address, account details, etc.) and they don’t track your browsing activity across other websites.
By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device, however, you can block them using your browser settings. For more information on how to do this in popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari), take a look at this page.
Targeting or advertising cookies: these cookies collect several pieces of information about your browsing habits. They are usually placed by advertising networks. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as media publishers.
These organisations do this in order to provide you with targeted adverts more relevant to you and your interests. This type of advertising is called online behavioural advertising and you will see an icon in the top right hand corner of the advert. You can click on the icon to go through to the website Your Online Choices where there is more help and guidance for you to Opt-out of this type of advertising.
Our advertising partners set third party cookies in order to show you relevant adverts here on Pocketful of Pixie Dust. We do not set cookies to advertise to you on any other sites.
You can block these cookies using your browser settings. For more information on how to do this you can take a look at this page which explains how this is done in popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari). By using our website you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
What if I don’t want to accept cookies?
You can block or restrict cookies set by any website – including Pocketful of Pixie Dust – through the browser settings on each browser you use, on each device you use to access the Internet.
For more information on how to do this in popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari), take a look at this page.
Keep in mind
Please be aware that some websites and services will not function if your browser does not accept cookies. However, you can allow cookies from specific websites by making them “trusted websites” in your Internet browser.
It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so-called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.