Cookies are text-only strings of information that are downloaded to your personal desktop, laptop computer or mobile device (each a “Device”) when you visit a website. Your web browser then sends these cookies back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises those cookies. You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies are very helpful and can be used for many different purposes. These include allowing you to navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and making the interaction between you and the website quicker and easier. Sometimes cookies are used to help ensure that the adverts you see online are relevant to you and your interests.
We use the following cookies on our websites:
Strictly necessary cookies
We use first party strictly necessary cookies in order to track referrals to our websites from third party affiliate websites. These cookies are persistent, and usually have a lifespan of two years. We combine your registration information with these cookies so that we know which affiliate you signed up with.
We use XSRF-TOKEN for cross site request forgery protection purposes. It is a session cookie
Google Analytics (_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmt, _utmv, _utmz, _ga, _gat, _gat_t1): Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (http://www.google.com/analytics/). Google Analytics sets cookies in order to evaluate our online services and our mobile apps and provide us with reports about how they are used. We also use Google Analytics to run content experiments so that we can test and improve our websites. Google Analytics uses both session and persistent cookies. The persistent cookies usually have lifespans of between six months and two years.
ClickTale: ClickTale is a web analytics service provided by ClickTale, Inc. (http://www.clicktale.com/). ClickTale sets cookies on some of our websites in order to provide us with information about what visitors do inside the pages of those sites. The cookies set by ClickTale are persistent cookies with a lifespan of one year.
Maxymiser: Some of our websites use analytics services provided by Maxymiser Limited (https://www.oracle.com/marketingcloud/products/testing-and-optimization/), in order to recognise and count the number of visitors to our websites and enable us to see how visitors browse around our websites. In connection with that, we use the following Maxymiser cookies: (i) mmact, mmid, mmcore.srv, mmcore.txt, mmcord.pd and mmcore.pd. These are persistent cookies; (ii) maxymiser.optout. This cookie is used to enable or disable Maxymiser on each of your web browsers. This is a persistent cookie; (iii) mmcore.tst. This cookie is use by the platform as a test to see whether or not browser settings allow cookies to be set on the end-user machine. This cookie is a session cookie; (iv) mmpa.tst. This is a previous version of the same cookie. This cookie is a session cookie.
Please note that we do not use analytics cookies to collect any personally identifiable information about you. We may, however, combine your registration information with the data that we get from the above analytics services, so that we can analyse how you use our services.
We use the following first party targeting or advertising cookies:
gidclient: This cookie contains a Google client id variable used by the analytics team to determine where affiliate traffic originates from. This cookie is persistent with a lifespan of 1 month.
adqID: This cookie contains an Adquant advertisement id, used to determine where social media traffic originates from. This cookie is persistent with a lifespan of 1 month.
We use the following third party targeting/advertising cookies on our websites:
Adnetik / Digilant: Some of our websites use the Adnetik ad service (now rebranded as “Digilant”) provided by Media Contacts Limited (http://www.digilant.com/). Adnetik / Digilant sets cookies on those sites so that we can find out if a user has performed an action on any given page and so that we can subsequently re-target that user. It uses persistent cookies with a permanent lifespan.
Double Click: We permit Double Click, a service operated by Google (http://www.google.com/doubleclick/), to place two cookies on your Device via our websites. The first, called “test cookie”, is a persistent cookie with a lifespan of fifteen minutes. The test cookie checks to see if your browser accepts targeting/advertising cookies. If it does, then Double Click will place a second cookie called “id” on your Device. The id cookie is a persistent cookie with a lifespan of two years. Double Click also places these cookies on your Device when you see our advertisements on other websites. We use Double Click’s cookies to measure the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns, limit the number of times you see an advertisement, remember that you have visited a website, and provide advertisements that are more relevant to your interests. To find out more please visit https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads.
promo, sti, pti, date: They are affiliate cookies used to track and evaluate conversions coming from our affiliate websites. They are persistent cookies with a permanent lifespan which may be changed based on our affiliate programme policy.
pstrk: This allows us to keep user's non-personal details that people have downloaded. It is a persistent cookie with a permanent lifespan.
pstrk.mminfo(testid): This cookie allows us to integrate Mayxmiser A/B test with other tracking tool like GA. It is a persistent cookie with a permanent lifespan.
pstrk.ref(tempRef): This is session cookie which temporarily keep the referrer for that visit and will expire immediately after the session.
pstrk.gid: This is persistent cookie only to keep part of GA info like non-personal digit based id and session index.
pstrk.utmid(__tempUTMID): This is a session cookie which temporarily keep the urchin utm_id.
Signal: Signal is a proprietary tag management technology that provides data processing services to manage and control the collection of data derived from our websites, desktop and mobile applications (data sources). It sets, reads and modifies cookies or other stored content objects on the browsers of visitors to these data sources. As a result, data pertaining to those visitors may be collected by Signal on behalf of the Stars Interactive Group. This data may include:
IP address and other unique identifier for any computer, mobile phone, or other device information about visitor’s web browser and device;
information about visitor interactions with the client’s data source, such as content viewed;
demographic data, such as location;
data that identifies a visitor’s web browser and device to one or more third-party services.
Signal does not store or share any of this information with other third parties. The data collected is for our sole use only.
There are various ways in which you can manage and control your cookie settings.
You should bear in mind that, by deleting or blocking cookies, some or all of the websites you visit (or features of them) may not work properly or as effectively.
If you disable our “_ps_visit” cookie, or if you delete all cookies, then your preferences will not be remembered and you will be informed about cookies each time you visit our site.
At the moment, it is not technically possible to adjust your cookie settings at our individual websites.
However, you can manage your cookie settings via your web browser, as well as at the websites of the third parties who place cookies on your Device via our websites.
Last updated: August 2018