What are Cookies?
Cookies are small, often encrypted, text files which are located on your computer by your web browser.
Cookies are used by web developers to help users navigate their websites efficiently and perform certain functions. Cookies are created when a user’s browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user revisits the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website’s server.
There are two types of Cookies known as session Cookies and persistent Cookies.
A session Cookie is a temporary file which is stored in your computer for the duration of your visit to a website. The Cookie is deleted when you leave the site.
A persistent Cookie is saved to your computer and will remain there for the duration set within the Cookie.
Cookie & Purpose of Cookie
The Google Fonts API is designed to limit the collection, storage, and use of end-user data to what is needed to serve fonts efficiently.
Analytics (Google Analytics)
These Cookies are used to collate information about how visitors engage with our websites. This analytical data is used to help us to improve the website. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. More information from Google on privacy and safeguarding data can be reviewed here: https://support.google.com/analytics /answer/6004245
Interaction with external social networks and platforms
ShareThis Personal Data: Cookies and Usage Data
We collect information via technical cookies placed on your browser, pixel tags, HTTP headers (or other communication protocols), and browser identifiers. We do not use flash cookies or other locally stored objects (LSO) that may be used to circumvent user opt-out choices.
We collect registration information and Usage Data. For Usage Data, we use data that does not directly identify an individual. We collect and use technical data relating to a certain amount of your browsing navigation to display personalized advertisements, provide analytics, and data modeling based on social sharing, by us or third parties. We do not process any information which could be used by ShareThis, directly or indirectly, with the help of a third party or otherwise, to determine the identity of a user.
If you do not want to receive advertisements based on Usage Data collected by ShareThis, on your current browser, you can opt out by clicking the button below.
For more in-depth information visit: https://www.sharethis.com/privacy/
Access to third-party accounts
Facebook account access Permissions: Share For these to work the following social media sites including; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
SPAM protection (Google reCAPTCHA)
ReCAPTCHA collects personal information from users to make this determination of whether they are human and not a bot. Then, an additional reCAPTCHA-specific cookie will be added to the user’s browser, and a complete snapshot of the user’s browser window at that moment in time will be captured, pixel by pixel.
For more in-depth information on what data reCAPTCHA-specific cookie collects visit: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en
Google Maps widget
Personal Data: Cookies and Usage Data
Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users. https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=el
Personal Data: email address, first name, last name and phone number
We collect information from you when you contact us to make an inquiry about our services, or employment. When making the inquiry from our web site, you may be asked to enter email address, first name, last name and phone number. You may, however, visit our site anonymously without entering data on our contact form.
Interaction with external social networks and platforms
LinkedIn & Facebook buttons and social widgets Personal Data: Cookies and Usage Data
Use of a button provided by ShareThis enables this functionality and this button places its own cookies on your computer. The social networks, such as Facebook and Linkedin, may themselves also place cookies on your computer. We have little control over these ‘third party’ cookies, so we suggest that you check the respective privacy policies for these external services to help you understand what data these organisations hold about you and what they do with it.
Declining Cookies/Managing cookies
If you have previously browsed or used our websites and no longer wish to accept Cookies, you should be aware that some Cookies will have been set. You may delete these Cookies at any time by changing the Cookie settings on your computer. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via the following links:
(a) https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);
(b) https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website- preferences (Firefox);
(c) http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);
(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet- explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);
(e) https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari); and
(f) https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and- privacy (Edge).
Further guidance on reviewing and amending these settings can be found through the Help section of your internet browser. Alternatively, in depth guidance on Cookies, and how to manage and remove them, can also be found on allaboutCookies.org.
Having mentioned the above, it is worth noting that, blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites and should you choose to block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
Third Party Cookies
- We use Google’s Analytics Cookies which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. The information generated by the Google Analytics Cookie (including your IP address, how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our websites, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.
For more information on Google’s Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
- From time to time we furthermore test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the site is delivered. When we are still testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst on the site whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.
- We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including Facebook and LinkedIn will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data the hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
Since identity protection is highly valued and is every internet users right, it is of great importance to be aware of what threat cookies can pose.
As cookies are transmitted between a browser and website, if an attacker or unauthorized person gets in between the data transmission, the sensitive cookie information can be intercepted. Although relatively rare, this can happen if the browser is connecting to the server using an unencrypted network like an non- secured WiFi channel.