What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identify your browser or device.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies allow a site or services to know if your computer or device has visited that site or service before. Cookies can then be used to help understand how the site or service is being used, help you navigate between pages efficiently, help remember your preferences, and generally improve your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.
What types of cookies does WMDA use?
There are generally four categories of cookies: “Strictly Necessary,” “Performance,” “Functionality,” and “Targeting.” WMDA routinely uses all categories of cookies on the products and services except from Functionality cookies. You can find out more about each cookie category below.
- Strictly Necessary Cookies. These cookies are essential, as they enable you to move around the products and services of WMDA and use its features, such as accessing logged in or secure areas or filling in forms.
- Performance Cookies. These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our products and services. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around. The performances of the products and services of WMDA are monitored by using Google Analytics.
- Functionality Cookies. These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. These cookies for example allow the website to remember your choices (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous, and they are not used to track your browsing activity on other sites or services.
- Targeting/advertising Cookies. WMDA uses Google Analytics for monitoring their products and services and only this partner may use targeting/advertising cookies to deliver advertising that is relevant to your interests. These cookies can remember that your device has visited a site or service, and may also be able to track your device’s browsing activity on other sites or services other than of the WMDA.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
First and third party cookies
First-party cookies are cookies that belong to WMDA, third-party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device through our products and service. Third-party cookies may be placed on your device by someone providing a service for WMDA, for example to help us understand how our products and services are being used. Third-party cookies may also be placed on your device by our business partners so that they can use them to advertise products and services to you elsewhere on the Internet.
How you can control or opt out of cookies
If you browse websites from multiple devices, you may need to update your settings on each individual device.
Although some cookies can be blocked with little impact on your experience of a website, blocking all cookies may mean you are unable to access certain features and content across the sites you visit.