Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
What is in a cookie?
A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data stored in a simple text file sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. Each cookie is unique to your web browser and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.
When the user browses the website again, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity and preferences.
Types of cookies
First party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website, you are visiting and they can only be read by that site.
Third party cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example YouTube or Wistia, and these sites may set their own cookies.
More significantly, a website might use a third party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising on their website. These may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites. It is important to note that advertising cookies are not set for Vascutek website.
Session Cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.
This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and is not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use this type of cookie to store your preferences, so that they are remembered for the next visit. Vascutek do not use persistent cookies on our websites.
Adobe utilise their own cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings but are used by the Flash Player for similar purposes, such as storing preferences or tracking users.
Flash Cookies work in a different way to web browser cookies rather than having individual cookies for particular jobs, a website is restricted to storing all data in one cookie. You can control how much data can be stored in that cookie but you cannot choose what type of information is allowed to be stored.
We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties.
If you wish to control what cookies are set on your device through the Vascutek website then you can find out how to do this in Managing Cookies.
What cookies do Vascutek use?
Strictly necessary cookies
Some cookies such as the session login cookie are strictly necessary in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features.
Functionality cookies record information about choices you’ve made and allow us to tailor the website to you.
We use Google Analytics software to monitor visits to this site which allow Vascutek to taliour content to our visitors needs.
Vascutke provide some embed photos and video content on our sites from our 3rd party providers. As a result, when you visit a page containing such content, you may be presented with cookies from these websites.
Vascutek does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party's website for more information.
Web browser cookies:
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.
Adobe Flash Player Cookies
The Adobe Flash Player, used to provide services such as videos, is also capable of storing information on your device. However, these cookies cannot be controlled through your web browser. Some web browser manufacturers are developing solutions to allow you to control these through your browser, but at the present time, if you wish to restrict or block Flash Cookies, then you must do this on the Adobe website.