(Last updated January, 2023)
ABOUT THIS POLICY
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
A ‘cookie’ is a small text file that is delivered by our website server onto your computer whilst you visit our website, which can subsequently be used by the website to identify particular devices and thereby remember your website preferences and login details. Most cookies will not collect information that identifies you and instead will collect more general information such as how you arrived at and used our website, or your general geographical location.
Types of Cookie
- Session cookies are temporary and expire once you close your browser (or once your session ends).
- Persistent cookies encompass all cookies that remain on your hard drive until you erase them, or your browser does, depending on the cookie’s expiration date. All persistent cookies have an expiration date written into their code, but their duration can vary. According to the ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC), they should not last longer than 12 months, but in practice, they could remain on your device much longer if you do not take action.
- First-party cookies, similarly to as the name implies, first-party cookies are put on your device directly by the website you are visiting.
- Third-party cookies are placed on your device, not by the website you are visiting, but by a third-party like an advertiser or an analytic system.
WHY ARE COOKIES NEEDED?
Cookies make websites work better and they are a standard part of most modern websites. For example, they remember the items you’ve placed in your online shopping cart so that the items appear at the checkout when you make your purchase. Another example would be when you login to webmail services such as Hotmail or Gmail: on such occasions a cookie is generated that confirms you are logged in and when you log off, the cookie is deleted. This means if someone goes back to your webmail address on your computer, you will still be logged out – and they won’t be able to read your emails.
WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE?
We collect your data automatically via cookies when you visit our website, in line with the cookie settings in your browser, and through the cookies that you activated when you selected various options on our cookie banner i.e. your customised cookie settings. See the table below for full details.
We do not make any attempt to discover the identities of anyone who visits our website, and we will not associate any of the data gathered from our website with any personally identifiable information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.
Strictly necessary cookies
Strictly necessary cookies (otherwise known as “Essential cookies”) enable core functionality such as page navigation and access to secure areas. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes and they do not remember when you have been on the internet. You may disable these cookies by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how our website functions during your interactions with us (see relevant section below).
We collect data from you for the purposes shown below when you visit our website, but we can only do so if you have granted us permission to do so using our cookie preferences.
We’d like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone.
Third Party Cookies
Third-party cookies are set by a domain other than the one the user is visiting. This typically occurs when the website incorporates elements from other sites, such as images, social media plugins or advertising. When the browser or other software fetches these elements from the other sites, they can set cookies as well.
‘Girl Effect’ does not control the use of these third-party cookies and cannot access them due to the way that cookies work, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. Please check the third-party websites for more information about these cookies.
|Cookie type||Purpose||Further info|
|Used to help process donations||Stripe|
|These cookies are used to remember a user’s acknowledgement of cookies on the website.||Google Analytics|
|These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site and to distinguish between users. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.||Google cookies|
|Google Ads optimization||Google cookies|
|To store and track if the browser tab is active||Fusion Theme|
|WordPress_sec_||To provide protection against hackers, store account details.||wordpress|
|Wp-Saving-Post||To store a post in the editor.||wordpress|
|SIDCC||To provide the identification of trusted web traffic.||Google Maps|
|This is used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies. WordPress uses this cookie to customize your view of the admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.||wordpress|
|Identifies the computer across login sessions and users to prevent fraud.||Stripe|
|Other Third party cookies from|
Meta or Facebook.com
You can turn off cookies by accessing our Cookie Banner. You may also do this for a particular website or several sites, by adjusting your browser settings to prevent it from accepting cookies. However, it’s important to note that turning off cookies is likely to limit the functionality of not only our website, but also the functionality of a large number of the world’s websites, and accordingly, your experience of ours and other websites may be impaired because data is no longer being captured about your interactions.
Enabling and disabling browser settings
You can enable and disable browser settings as follows:
Google Chrome here
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 here
Mozilla Firefox here
Safari on OSX here
All other browsers
- Look for the “help” function in the browser or contact the browser provider.
I’M CONCERNED ABOUT SPYWARE – WHAT CAN I DO?
It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware” and in which case, rather than switching off cookies in your browser, you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software here
WHAT IF I WANT TO MAKE A COMPLAINT?
Alternatively, you can submit your complaint by post to
US address / UK address
You may also have the right to lodge a complaint with the UK Regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”). For further information about your data subject rights and how to complain to the ICO, can be found at: https://ico.org.uk/concerns