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Our Terms of Service and Cookie Declaration

Cookie Declaration

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a very small text file often used by websites to store relevant text data for later use. Typical uses include authentication, shopping cart contents, user's preferences etc.

Most of the cookies we use will need your permission, by way of ‘Consent’, to allow us to do this. Some cookies, (usually session cookies) are essential, and do not require your Consent. However, regardless of whether we need your Consent or not, we will inform you if we are using them, by including information within this Cookie Policy. Cookies, and any similar technologies change over time, so please refer to this Cookie Policy at regular intervals to ensure you remain aware of how we use them.

A cookie is harmless. To quote from Wikipedia, Cookies are not software. They cannot be programmed, cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer.

Of course, technology is often open to abuse and cookies have received bad press as they are used by advertising websites to track a user's browsing activity (known as third-party or tracking cookies) and then display targeted adverts.

What are cookies used for?

Cookies relate to any data, including personal data, and send information back to any website that you visit that recognises the cookie stored in your device.

There are several different types of cookie used for different purposes. Some of these are for our benefit, to help us improve our website and improving the user experience. Others are to ensure security and help prevent fraud and are strictly necessary to the operation of functionality (requesting content to load on a webpage/a service over the internet) requested by you.

Cookies are stored on single devices, therefore if you are accessing the same webpage from multiple devices (phone, iPad, and laptop for example), you need to set your cookie preferences for each device. e.g. If you say no to cookies on your laptop, your phone will still use them unless you have said no to them on your phone too.

What are the different types of cookie?

Cookies can be a ‘Session Cookie’, or a ‘Persistent Cookie’

Session Cookie

Session Cookies are only operational  for the duration that you are accessing a website. Once you close your browser, the cookie is deleted. These types of cookies are normally used for ensuring security when you connect to the webpage, or to save things you do for that session, such as items you add to a shopping basket.

Persistent Cookie

Persistent Cookies remain stored in your device until they expire (some cookies have an expiration date), or until you delete them. These types of cookies are usually used to capture your behaviour when you access a website, such as how long you spend on a page, which pages you have viewed, as well as your preferences for marketing and advertising.

Why does GetBusy use cookies?

We take security very seriously and employ tried-and-tested techniques to ensure that only you can access your data.

Our services use cookies in a number of different ways:

  • To remember your preferences when interacting with our services which may include personal data if, for example, you tick a "Remember my email address next time' option
  • To store encrypted authentication data to enable you to use our services securely and is therefore strictly necessary to the operation of functionality within our services

We use Google Analytics to collect information about visitor behaviour on our website so that we can improve our services. Google Analytics stores information about what pages are visited, the devices used to visit them, how long people are on the site, how they got here and what they click on.

This Analytics data is collected via a JavaScript tag in the pages of our site and is not tied to personally identifiable information so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

You can find out more information here.

We use third party cookies to help improve functionality and performance. These third party cookies are managed by Appcues.

You can find out information about their cookies here.

What data do cookies collect?

This list is not an exhaustive list, and the type of data will depend on specific websites, and the purpose of the Cookie:

  • Websites you visited and browsing history
  • The type of device you are using
  • Software and hardware on your device
  • A unique Id
  • A session Id
  • A session start and end time
  • Specific pages you have looked at
  • Date you visited the website
  • Expiry data of the cookie
  • Passwords and user names
  • Your preferences
  • IP address

Can I use GetBusy services without enabling cookies?

We work hard to cater for the cookie preferences of our customers, but some of the functionality required to use our services securely, particularly in relation to authentication and signing in, is dependent on cookies.  If you choose to disable cookies via your web browser when interacting with our services, which you are welcome to do, you may not be able to sign in and/or use our services.

Most modern browsers allow you to enable cookies for individual sites and you can usually block all third-party cookies.

Please see the GetBusy Privacy Policy and Terms of Service for related information, including our collection and use of personal information.

Some of the most common browsers with instructions on how to manage cookie choices:

Google Chrome

Apple Safari

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Mozilla FireFox

Microsoft Edge

Last updated July 2019.

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