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What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file that’s stored on your computer by a website. It contains the address of the website and codes that your browser sends back to the website each time you visit a webpage.

They were invented to overcome a limitation of websites. Websites have no ‘memory’ so the cookie provides a small bit of memory that the website can use. Cookies don’t usually contain personal information or anything dangerous; they’re usually innocuous and useful.

Why are they used?

Cookies are most commonly used to track your website activity and your preferences.

They can be used to store login data for a website which allows you to view other websites then return to the original website which will ‘remember’ that you are logged in  (Amazon uses cookies to remember what you’ve got in your basket).

They can be used for advertising purposes as a website can remember what adverts you have viewed (I’ve no doubt that we have all had adverts popping up on the internet about something we may have recently viewed).

Different types of cookies keep track of different activities.

Session cookies are used only when you are navigating a website; once you leave the site, the session cookie disappears.

Tracking cookies may be used to create long-term records of multiple visits to the same site.

Authentication cookies track whether a user is logged in, and if so, under what name.

Types of cookies.

There are generally four categories of cookies:

Strictly Necessary. These cookies are essential, as they enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing logged in or secure areas.

  • Performance. These cookies collect information about how you have used the website. This information can be collected to improve how the website works.
  • Functionality. These cookies remember things like preferences.
  • Targeting. These cookies are used for targeting adverts and services.

Almost all websites use cookies in some way or another, and every page you visit in those sites writes cookies to your computer and receives them back from it. You probably have hundreds of cookies saved on your computers.

What cookies does Zoop use?

Zoop doesn’t create any cookies.

We do, however, use third parties to deliver the website and content and they do use cookies. 

Analytics Services.

In addition to the tracking technologies we place like Cookies and Pixel Tags, other companies may set their own cookies or similar tools when you visit our Service. This includes third-party analytics services (“Analytics Services”) that we engage to help analyze how users use the Service.

Pixel Tag.

In addition, we use “Pixel Tags” (also referred to as clear Gifs, Web beacons, or Web bugs). Pixel Tags allow us to analyze how users find our Service, make the Service more useful to you, and tailor your experience with us to meet your particular interests and needs.

How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals.

Our systems do not currently recognize “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that might enable Users to opt out of tracking on our site.

How to control and delete cookies

If you want to manage or disable cookies in your browser click on one of the options below to find instructions.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Firefox

Cookie settings in Chrome

Cookie settings in Safari for iOS

Please Note that if you set your browser to disable cookies, you may not be able to access certain parts of our website and other parts of our website may not work properly. It may also disable many sites that you currently use.

You can find out more information about cookie settings at third-party information sites, such as http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.