Cookie Policy

Law

A new law on cookies demands that you, as a website user, are given the opportunity to understand how cookies are used on our websites and consent to cookies being stored on your computer (laptop/mobile/tablet).

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access websites. Typically, they contain the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie’s abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.

When you visit a website that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your computer. The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.

Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.

Our use of cookies

  • We use cookies to improve your experience on our websites and for functionality purposes, for example, if you choose to buy any of our products and services, you must consent to us placing a cookie on your computer.
  • We also use cookies to understand your usage of our website;
  • We have partners who have referred clients and in using cookies, we track referred sales so we can compensate our partners accordingly;
  • We also use cookies for remarketing purposes, for example, once you have been on the Fasthosts website and then you visit another website which has Google adverts, you will see a Fasthosts advert to remind you of our products and services.
  • We use cookies alongside Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting to establish our customer's demographic information and interests.
  • You may opt-out of the Google Analytics Advertising Features via Google Ad Settings. More information can be found here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.

How to disable/delete cookies?

Most browsers accept cookies per default. You can change your browser settings to disable cookies altogether or let your browser ask you for permission every time a page tries to set a cookie.

The website aboutcookies.org offers comprehensive information on how you can control cookies in all of the popular browsers

www.aboutcookies.org

Further information can be found here:

www.ico.gov.uk