What are cookies?
A cookie is a small amount of data sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. This means the website can recognise your device (your computer or mobile phone) if you return to the same site.
A cookie often includes a unique identifier, which is a randomly generated number. This is stored on your device's hard drive. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website.
Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your device.
Cookies make your experience of using websites faster and easier. They allow websites to create a customised view of pages to which you navigate. For example, they are commonly used to authenticate or identify registered users of a website without requiring them to sign in each time they access it. Other uses include maintaining a 'shopping basket' of goods a user has chosen to purchase, site personalisation (presenting different pages to different users) and tracking the pages a user has visited on a site for analysis purposes.
Cookies may come with or without an expiry date. Cookies without an expiry date exist until the browser is closed, while cookies with an expiry date may be stored by the device until the expiry date passes.
You can restrict or block cookies set by NHS Smokefree but this may limit your use of some functionality, such as customising the Smokefree homepage. Finding information about Smokefree (for example finding a local Stop Smoking Service), quit tools and other core pieces of content will still be possible even with cookies disabled.
How to manage your cookies
Cookies are sent to your browser (whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or any other browser) by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device.
To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using and what version of it you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser (just as if you were going to use the internet) and then clicking on 'Help' and then 'About'. This will give you information about the browser version you are using.
To find out how to allow, block, delete and manage the cookies on all standard web browsers, go to www.aboutcookies.org and select the browser and version you are using. You'll also find information about how to delete cookies from your computer.
Cookies used on the Smokefree website
The following are cookies you may come across on this site.
- Domain: smokefree.nhs.uk
- Purpose: stores user preferences, and information from your visit to provide personalised content such as Local Stop Smoking Service results; The site saves your postcode results to display on the homepage making it quick and easy to view your nearest Stop Smoking Service when you come back to the site.
- Domain: google.com
- Purpose: Smokefree uses Google cookies to record information about which pages you have landed on and how you have navigated through the site. This data enables us to understand:
- Which pages people visit on the site
- Which internet browsers are being used
- What is popular
- Which interactive tools are used
- For more information visit Google Privacy Center: transparency and choice.
- Domain: addthis.com
- Purpose: Smokefree uses the 'AddThis' button to enable visitors to share information easily using a variety of social networking web sites and other services. The AddThis Privacy and Data Practices Policydetails what information is collected and used by this service.
- Facebook (third party)
- Domain: facebook.com
- Advertiser cookies
- Reporting and Attribution - This enables the advertising service provider to understand how campaigns are performing and use this to further optimise the information available to Smokefree.
- Targeting of campaigns based on user interaction with client sites / adverts - This enables any advertising service provider ie. Any agency appointed by Smokefree to facilitate the delivery of advertisements to users, to target ads to a device based on its previous advertiser interaction.
- Targeting and optimisation based on user data - This enables the advertising service provider to target and prioritise which ads are shown to devices based on previous online interactions. These interactions include interactions with the clients campaign / sites, interaction with other campaigns / sites and can include predictions of a user's interests and sociographic and demographic group.
- Domain *.doubleclick.net
- More information: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ads/
- Opt out: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/
- Domain *.amgdgt.com
- More information: http://www.adconion.com/uk/privacy-policy.html
- Opt out: http://www.adconion.com/uk/privacy-policy/privacy-policy-cookie.html
- Domain *.quantserve.com
- More information: http://www.quantcast.com/privacy
- Opt out:http://www.quantcast.com/how-we-do-it/consumer-choice/opt-out
- Tribal fusion
- Domain *.tribalfusion.com
- More information: http://www.exponential.com/about-us/privacy.html
- Opt out:http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp
- Domain *.Yieldmanager.com
- More information: http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/uk/yahoo/adserving/
- Opt out:http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/uk/yahoo/opt_out/targeting/Buy Buddy
- Buddy media
- Domain track.brighteroption.com
- More information: https://sam.brighteroption.com/privacy.html