What are cookies?

A cookie, also known as a browser cookie, is a small text file which is downloaded to your computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website or use an app.

Cookies help make your online experience more efficient and relevant to your interests. For instance, they are used to remember your preferences on sites that you visit often, to remember your user ID and the contents of your shopping basket, and to help you to navigate between pages more efficiently Different types of cookies are used to do different things. They also help us to identify ways to improve your overall site experience hers are used to provide you with advertising which is more tailored to your interests, or to measure the number of your site visits and the most popular pages you visit.

This policy sets out the types of cookies that we use and what we use them for.

Are there different types?

Yes. Cookies are divided into “first party” and “third party” cookies, and “session” and “persistent” cookies.

“First party” and “third party” cookies

Cookies can be set and controlled by the operator of a website such as CoStartup & Go for this website (known as a ‘first party cookie’) or a third party such as Facebook, for example to display advertisements and social sharing features (known as a ‘third party cookie’).

CoStartup & Go does not have any third party cookies on the website, however we do have links in our blog through to social media channels.

“Session cookies” and “persistent cookies”

Cookies can also be divided into “session cookies” and “persistent cookies”:

Session cookies

Session cookies are stored in your computer or device’s memory during your browsing session and are automatically deleted from your computer when you leave a website. These cookies usually store a session ID, allowing you to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly.

They are widely used by commercial websites; for example to keep track of items that a consumer has added to a shopping basket. Session cookies do not collect any information from your computer or device and they expire at the end of your browser session.

Persistent cookies

Persistent cookies usually have an expiration date and so stay in your browser until they expire, or until you manually delete them. For example we use persistent cookies for functionality. We also use persistent cookies to better understand usage patterns so that we can improve the website for our customers. We’ve included more details below to help you to understand what kinds of cookies and the time period for which they persist.

Other technologies linked to cookies

There are other technologies which can seem similar to cookies, but are not the same, including pixels and site tags. These pixels or tags can be used to retrieve information such as your device type or operating system, IP address, time of visit, etc. They are sometimes used to create or access the cookies on your browser, but are not cookies themselves.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to help us to track our website visitor information on our Square Space website and to learn about the behaviour of visitors and how they respond to our marketing communications and for research and statistical purposes.

The cookies that CoStartup & Go uses do not collect personal information such as name, address, email address and do not link any information they collect to an individual. CoStartup & Go can and do associate multiple sessions using the same device ID for the purposes of constructing a picture of our visitors user behaviour.

Third party suppliers

We use Third Party analytics to report on “web analytics” information. Where such information is made available to us following visits to our site in the providers account.

Please note that although the use of data by CoStartup & Go is covered by this policy, in addition the use of third party cookies is covered by third party cookie policies, which we have referred to below, alternatively they are available on the relevant company’s website.

How can you control the use of cookies?

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, and your use of this website constitutes your consent to this website setting cookies on your computer or other device as per those browser settings.

You can always choose to disable your web browser’s ability to accept cookies. Please note that if you do elect to disable your web browser’s ability to accept cookies, you may not be able to access or take advantage of many features of the service and some parts of the website may not work properly. If this is the case a message is usually displayed allowing you to change your settings back.

You can control how cookies are set within your browser settings.