What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns.

The Information Commissioner’s Office puts them into three groups (there is some overlap between the groups):

“A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

For more information see: www.allaboutcookies.org/

Session and persistent cookies

Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session (from when a user opens the browser window to when they exit the browser) or they can be stored for longer. The Regulations apply to both types of cookies:

  • Session cookies — allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. They could also be used for security when a user is accessing internet banking or to facilitate use of webmail. These session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored longer term. For this reason session cookies may sometimes be considered less privacy intrusive than persistent cookies.
  • Persistent cookies — are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.

First and third party cookies

Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user — the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.

Our use of cookies

This site does not currently use cookies to collect personal information, but cookies may be used to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of this website, and their website access preferences.

If you do not want us to have cookies placed on your computer, please set your browser (eg Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc) to refuse cookies before using the website, though this is with the drawback that certain features of the website we may introduce in the future may not function properly without the aid of cookies and we do not know how many people are using the site, which content is of most interest and what type of information people are searching for.

This site is run on a WordPress.org content management system and hosted by Dreamhost. We do not pass personal information to either of these companies, but are subject to their own privacy policies, which you can read here:

We may also embed content from external sites, for example Google services such as Google docs (including spreadsheets, presentations, documents, charts and other applications), YouTube videos and Google Forms, and social media links and feeds with sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as other services. Again we will not share personal details with any of these sites, but in using these sites we are obliged to follow each provider’s privacy policy and terms of operation.

We cannot be held responsible for any breaches of security caused by hacking or other external malicious activity over which we have no control.

Your implied consent

By continuing to use this website you are giving Carefree Kids your implied consent to our use of cookies according to the policy set out here.

Collection of data by this website

This website does not collect or store any personal information, except where anybody may fill in a Contact Form. Data supplied on the Contact Form will be stored in a retrieval system but will never be sold or passed to third parties or used for marketing purposes but purely to maintain communication with the person who initiated the enquiry.

Carefree Kids is registered with the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act.

E-zine

If you subscribe to our e-zine cookies may be used to record your details so that you do not have to retype them.

Links to external websites

This site contains links to many external websites and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google owned products such as YouTube and Google+, and payment sites such as MyDonate and PayPal.

This site will never add links which are knowingly unsafe or malicious, however you should always check the cookies and privacy policies of external sites if you have any concerns. This site cannot be responsible for external content or sites. If you have any concerns there are some useful links at the bottom of this page which may help to answer your questions.

Useful information

Your own browser(s). Browsers usually include information under the help section about allowing and blocking cookies and private or ‘incognito’ browsing.