A cookie, also known as a browser cookie, is a small text file which may be downloaded to your computer or device when you visit a website or use an app.
Different types of cookies are used to do different things. These include letting you navigate between different pages on a website efficiently, remembering preference you have given and helping us identify ways to improve your overall site experience. Others are used to provide you with advertising which is more tailored to your interests, or to measure the number of site visits and the most popular pages users visit.
This policy sets out the types of cookies that we use and what we use them for.
Yes, there are different types of cookies. Cookies are divided into "first party" and "third party" cookies, and "session" and "persistent" cookies.
Cookies can be set and controlled by the operator of a website such as Guaranteed Conveyancing Solutions Ltd (GCS) for this website (known as a ‘first party cookie’) or a third party such as Facebook, for example to display advertisements and social sharing features (known as a ‘third party cookie’).
Cookies can also be divided into "session cookies" and "persistent cookies":
(a) Session cookies
Session cookies are stored in your computer or device's memory during your browsing session and are automatically deleted from your computer when you leave a website. These cookies usually store a session ID, allowing you to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly.
They are widely used by commercial websites; for example to keep track of items that a consumer has added to a shopping basket. Session cookies do not collect any information from your computer or device and they expire at the end of your browser session.
(b) Persistent cookies
Persistent cookies are stored on your computer or device and are not deleted when your browser is closed. Persistent cookies can be used to retain your preferences for a particular website, allowing those preferences to be used in future browsing sessions.
Persistent cookies usually assign a unique ID to your browser and they are usually configured to identify you for a prolonged period of time, from days to months or even years.
The cookies that GCS uses do not collect personal information such as name, address, email address and do not link any information they collect to an individual.
From time to time GCS may also analyse IP addresses, user agent strings or other anonymous data sources.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies and your use of this website constitutes your consent to this website setting cookies on your computer or other device.
Below we set out in detail the cookies that we use on this website, their function and the data they collect.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the associated table(s) below.
Strictly necessary cookies
These let you move around our website and use essential features such as accessing secure areas of our website and identifying you as being logged in. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using our website as they are required for its proper operation. If you disable them, our website may not be able to function properly.
The cookies that we use on this website which are essential for its operation are set out below. These cookies don't gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.
||A cookie that is used to identify the user’s session.
||End of session
||A tracking cookie that's used to limit the number of anonymous Quick Quotes a user can obtain before an account is required.
We use these cookies, sometimes referred to as "web analytics" information, to collect information about how visitors use our website. This includes details of the site where the visitor has come from, pages viewed, which content visitors are clicking on, which products visitors are interested in and purchase and at what point a visitor leaves our website.
By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your computer or device.
We use this information to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
On occasion we may share this information with analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our site.
||Although you may see Google Analytics cookies if you browse the "online" website after browsing the "front-end" website, the extranet does not set or use those cookies. These cookies are present on the extranet due to Google Analytics being used on the front-end website, and the cookies automatically being shared with the extranet because it's on a sub-domain of the front-end.
To find out more about cookies in general visit aboutcookies.org or allaboutcookies.org (which is run by IBA Europe).