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COOKIE POLICY

SUMMARY
(everything you need to know about our cookies)

We use 'strictly necessary' and 'functionality' cookies that allow enhanced features to work at Andrew Birch Photography, we do not use 'performance' or 'targeting' cookies that collect information on how you use this website and we do not track your browsing activity on other websites or services. Our cookies store anonymous data that is used solely for the functioning of this website. Our cookies do not identify you or your computer. The majority of our cookies expire (are deleted) when you close your browser. We use one persistent cookie that will remain on your device to store your chosen website preferences. There are currently no third-party cookies being set at Andrew Birch Photography.


USER AGREEMENT

By continuing to use this website, you agree to accept cookies on your computer. If you choose not to receive cookies you can do so by changing your browser preferences and certain features of this website will not work as intended. We cannot guarantee that your visit will be as enjoyable and fulfilling with cookies disabled. For instance, you will not be able to contact us or add comments, you will also be served with new images every time you visit the home page (and other pages); if you accept cookies the home page images will 'stick' during your visit until you click reload.

To learn more about cookies and the different types of cookies we use, read on...


What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files containing a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device. They contain many different types of information used for many different purposes.


What are cookies used for?

When cookies are stored on your computer a website can search for them to see if you have visited before. Information such as website preferences or login details that you might have entered during a previous visit can be stored in cookies. Cookies can be used to help understand how a website or service is being used, help you navigate between pages efficiently, and generally improve your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure that marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.


What types of cookies do we use?

In general there are four categories of cookies, although all cookies are essentially the same, they contain different kinds of information that can be used for different purposes. They can be categorized as follows:

Strictly necessary, performance, functionality, and targeting cookies.

We use two types at Andrew Birch Photography - 'strictly necessary' and 'functionality' cookies.

You can find out more about each cookie category below.


1. Strictly Necessary Cookies.

We use this type of cookie. These cookies are essential as they enable you to move around a website and use its features, such as accessing logged in or secure areas. We use a cookie in this category that is necessary for the captcha to function on our email forms. This cookie is a 'functionality' cookie but is also 'strictly necessary' as emails cannot be sent when this cookie is denied through your web browser settings. This cookie does not store any data related to you.


2. Performance Cookies.

We do not use this type of cookie. These cookies collect information about how you have used a website, for example, they can be used to store usage and performance related data on your computer thus placing less strain on the websites backend infrastructure. They can also be used to check if you have logged in recently and serve you with fresher content than they would for a user who has not logged in recently. They can also be used to track aggregate website usage and experiment with new features and changes on a website. The information collected is used to improve how the website or service works.


3. Functionality Cookies.

We use this type of cookie. Functionality cookies help with the workings of a website. They are often used to store your login details on your computer and are regularly checked as you navigate between pages to see if you are indeed logged in. They can be used to store information that will help a website to tailor their pages and provide enhanced features and content for you. They can be used to remember how you have customized a website during your visit such as setting preferences. The information these cookies store is completely anonymous and they are not used to track your browsing activity on other websites or services.


4. Advertising and Targeting Cookies.

We do not use this type of cookie. These cookies are used to deliver advertising that is relevant to your interests. They can identify that your computer has visited a website or service before and may also be read by other websites to track your computer's browsing activity. This information may be shared with other organizations, such as advertisers and/or advertising networks to deliver advertising and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign, or by business partners for the purpose of providing aggregate usage statistics and aggregate service testing.


How long will cookies stay on my computer?

The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a session cookie or a persistent cookie. Session cookies will stay on your computer until you close your browser. Persistent cookies will stay on your computer for longer periods, until they expire or until they are deleted. Expiry times are set when a cookie is saved on your computer and cannot be changed. You may be able to set your browser preferences to remove all cookies when you close your browser but remember that this will remove all cookies stored which might include saved logins and preferences for every website that you use. We use both types of cookie. The majority of our cookies expire (are deleted) when you close your browser. We have one persistent cookie that will stay on your device to store preferences that you have chosen.


First and third-party cookies

First-party cookies are cookies that are set by the website you are browsing. Third-party cookies are cookies that another party might place on your computer through the website you are browsing. For example, a third-party cookie might be placed on your computer by someone providing a service for Andrew Birch Photography; cookies would be set if you were using a third-party shopping cart service at Andrew Birch Photography. Third-party cookies may also be placed on your computer by business partners so that they can use them to advertise products and services to you elsewhere on the internet. There are currently no third-party cookies being set at Andrew Birch Photography.


How to control and delete cookies

If you want to delete cookies or disable your browser from receiving cookies, the settings for this will be found in your browser's preferences but follow the instructions at your browser's website if unsure. Note that if you set your browser to not accept cookies, certain enhanced features at many websites will not work properly and you will not be able to purchase items using a shopping cart for example. Many cookies are necessary and very useful to website owners and users alike, some cookies might be less desirable but you are free to control and delete them as you wish. We recommend that you keep a check on cookies and manage them as necessary as they can build up on your computer and consume large amounts of hard disk space over time. You can find more information about cookies at other websites, such as: http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/about-cookies or here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie.