Cookie Policy

 

Our website uses cookies or similar technologies.  Home, a company registered in England and Wales under company number 4224297 whose registered address is at 7 Unicorn Park, Whitby Road, Bristol, BS4 4EX, hereinafter referred to as ‘Home’ or ‘We’ have created this cookie policy (‘Cookie Policy’) in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to disclosing to You the data that We collect about You online emanating from Your use of our Site at www.thisishome.co.uk. By using our Site and agreeing to this Cookie Policy, You consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this Cookie Policy. In this Cookie Policy, references to ‘You’ and ‘Your’ are references to a Home Member (or a Home Visitor as the case may be).

We ask You to consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this Cookie Policy when you first visit our Site. When You use the Site, You agree that this Cookie Policy applies to that use in addition to any other terms and conditions which may apply including those contained in the Privacy Policy, Website Terms of Use. Home reserves the right to change this Cookie Policy at any time without notice, effective immediately upon posting on the Site. Please check this page of the Site periodically.

Read it carefully and ensure that You understand its effect before proceeding to use the Site. Your continued use of the Site is taken as meaning that You agree to such changes or updates.

 

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that some websites store via the browser on Your computer’s hard drive when You visit them. Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the Site. Some expire at the end of Your session on the Site, others will remain on Your computer for a little longer. When You return to websites or visit websites that use the same cookies, these cookies and therefore Your browsing device, are recognised. Cookies do lots of different and useful jobs like letting You navigate between pages efficiently, remembering Your preferences and generally improving Your browsing experience. Cookies can also be used to customise areas of content online to be more relevant to You and Your interests. We use cookies on our Site to make Your browsing experience better. By using this Site, You accept our use of cookies.

 

First party cookies

First-party cookies are cookies set by the specific website You visit i.e. the website displayed in the URL window.

 

Third party cookies

Third party cookies are set by third party services that appear on our pages. They are set by the operators of that service and are not in our control. They are set by e.g. Twitter, Facebook and other advertisers or file sharing platforms. They may use the information they obtain from Your use of their cookies to track Your browser across multiple websites; to build a profile of your web surfing; or, to target advertisements which may be of particular interest to You. Home does not control the use of these cookies.  You should check the relevant policy of the third party website for more information about these.

 

Other Third Party IP Address Processing activities

Some of Home’s chosen social media widgets such as Twitter and Facebook use a short url service to rebrand and produce simpler to handle urls such as http://t.co/xxxxx link. These services provide anonymised, aggregated statistics relating to use of the shortened URL’s, for example by telling us how many times it has been clicked on. Home does not have access to the IP address of your computer collected by the service or any other identifiable information about you.

 

Cookie categories

The type of cookies used on websites can be put into 1 of 4 categories, based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide to cookie categories.

A. Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential, as they enable You to move around a website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas. Without these cookies, the Home services You have asked for (such as access to secure areas) cannot be provided. These cookies don’t gather information about You that could be used for marketing or remembering where You have been on the internet. These cannot be restricted or blocked.

B. Performance Cookies: These cookies collect information about how You use a website, for example which pages You go to most often and if You get any error messages from certain pages. These cookies do not gather information that identifies You. All information these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how a website works. These cookies are not used to target You with online advertising. Without these cookies we cannot learn how our Site is performing and make relevant improvements that could better Your browsing experience. These can be restricted or blocked.

C. Functionality & Profile Cookies: These cookies allow a website to remember choices You make (such as Your user name, language or the region You are in) and tailor the website to provide enhanced features and content for You. For instance, they remember Your login details and allow You to watch videos. They also ensure the onsite marketing and experience is relevant to You. These cookies can also be used to remember changes You have made to text size, font and other parts of pages that You can customise. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous and they cannot track Your browsing activity on other websites. Without these cookies, a website cannot remember choices You have previously made or personalise Your browsing experience. These can be restricted or blocked.

D. Targeting Cookies: These cookies gather information about Your browsing habits. They remember that You have visited a website and share this information with other organisations such as advertisers. They do this in order to provide You with adverts that are more relevant to You and Your interests. Although these cookies can track Your visits to other websites, they do not usually know who You are. Without these cookies, online advertisements You encounter will be less relevant to You and Your interests. These can be restricted or blocked.

 


Home’s online use of cookies

Cookies on our Site are used for many purposes including but not limited to:

  1. enabling a Home member to register on the Site (be verified) and to have such details remembered for later by utilising a Home Login;
  2. enabling a Home member to avail of the Home Services;
  3. recognising Your computer when You visit our Site;
  4. improving the Site’s usability;
  5. analysing the use of our Site;
  6. administrating the Site;
  7. preventing fraud and improving the security of the Site;
  8. personalising our Site for You; to analyse the use of our Site through analytics software such as Google Analytics: We use Google Analytics, a popular web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. The information generated by the cookie about Your use of our Site (including Your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google Analytics will use this information for the purpose of evaluating Your use of our Site, compiling reports on Site activity and behaviour – such as the typical length of stay on the Site or the average number of pages a user views or for the purpose of providing other services relating to Site activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google undertakes not to associate Your IP address with any other data held by Google. Google’s privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html.

Here is a full list of the cookies our site uses:

  • DISCUS
    G_ENABLED_IDPS
    __utma
    __utmb
    __utmc
    __utmt
    __utmz
    disqus_uniqueThese cookies enable comments on our blog posts
  • ADDTHIS
    __atuvc
    __atuvsThese cookies enable the sharing functionality on our blog posts
  • BROWSER UPDATE
    __cfduidThis cookie checks the browser version users are using, displaying a message if the browser version is out of date
  • GOOGLE ANALYTICS
    _ga
    _gat
    _gidThese cookies are used to track user interaction on our site
  • LINKEDIN
    bcookie
    bscookie
    lang
    lidc
    linkedin_oauth_xxxx
    linkedin_oauth_xxxxThese cookies enable sharing of our content via LinkedIn
  • HOME
    home-pop-1 – awards popup
    catAccCookies – cookie consent popup
    viewscookiexxx – for developer testingThese bespoke cookies enable our site to provide messaging and record user consent of cookie usage on our site

Want to learn more about cookies?

More information about cookies can be found at: http://www.allaboutcookies.org

 

Want to restrict or block any cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer in order to make our website work more efficiently as well as to provide information on how we can improve our web service. We do not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are used by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your web browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should explain how to do this.

www.aboutcookies.org provides comprehensive instructions on blocking cookies on a selection of the most commonly used browsers. You will also find a detailed explanation on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more information about cookies and how they are used. To remove cookies from your mobile browser you should consult your handset user manual.

Please be aware that some of our Home Services will not function if your browser does not accept the cookies. More information about cookies can be found at: http://www.allaboutcookies.org

Internet Advertising Bureau: Guide to online advertising and privacy, International Chamber of Commerce, United Kingdom: ICC UK cookie guide

 

We keep our Cookie Policy under regular review. This Cookie Policy was last updated on 30th April 2018.

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