We (RIMES) may collect information about your computer, including your IP address, operating system and browser type in order to create analytical reports – and ultimately use the collected data to improve the experience of our website for our visitors. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and is not able to identify any specific individual.
We (RIMES) use Google Analytics to record information about; how many users are visiting our website; where visitors have come to this site from; which content they’re looking at; and what the capabilities of their devices are. This information will allow us to provide our visitors with the best possible content and user experience as we evolve the website.
In order to achieve the statistics, websites can use either of the following, a cookie that only tracks you while you’re on the website (this is called a ‘session cookie’) or a cookie can be set on the visitors computer which allows a greater understanding of that user when they re-visit the website which set it (known as a ‘persistent cookie’).
Cookies can perform a number of roles, for instance, if you navigate from one page to another a ‘cookie’ can store your preferences. If a website doesn’t use ‘session cookies’ or ‘persistent cookies’, it will interpret you as a new visitor every time you move to a new page of the website – for instance, when you enter your login details to log in, and move to another page, for arguments sake, your account/profile page, if cookies weren’t used, it wouldn’t recognise you and it wouldn’t be able to keep you logged in. This would mean you would need to login every time you moved page, which would be greatly frustrating.
Cookies can be set by the website you are visiting (rimes.com) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (third party cookies) – i.e. a video that is embedded on our website but hosted on YouTube.
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server/website will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique ID, the website name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences for when you return to website.
If you find the idea of a website storing data on your computer or mobile device a bit intrusive – particularly when this information is stored and may be used by a third party without your prior knowledge – then you it is possible to block some or all cookies. You may also delete any existing cookies from your web browser. It’s important to remember, before proceeding, that the cookie file is quite harmless as a file, and that it is how the data collected is used that is to question. RIMES do not use your data beyond general analytics (via Google Analytics). If you would still prefer to disable cookies, please read on.
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive instructions on how to perform this task on a wide variety of desktop browsers.