WHAT IS A COOKIE?

A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie or browser cookie, is a small file of letters and numbers downloaded on to your computer’s browser when you access websites. It is stored in a file on a user’s computer and allow a website to recognise that computer. A cookie itself does not contain or collect information. However, it can help a website deliver a more user-friendly service – for example, remembering previous purchases or account details.

A cookie typically contains:

  • The name of the server the cookie was sent from
  • The lifetime of the cookie
  • A value – usually a randomly generated unique number

The website server which sends the cookie uses this number to recognise you when you return to a site or browse from page to page. Only the server that sent a cookie can read, and therefore use, that cookie.
 
 

WHAT COOKIES DOES THE CRIMTAN WEBSITE SET?

When you visit Crimtan’s website at http://www.crimtan.com we set two types of cookie on your browser:

A Tracking Cookie
[3rd party cookie with one year expiration date from domain i.ctnsnet]

A tracking cookie is an anonymous identifier that enables us to develop an anonymous user profile that is associated with your cookie ID. This allows us to deliver ads that might be more relevant to you.

You can choose to opt-out of tracking by Crimtan by accepting our opt-out cookie by clicking ‘Click here to opt-out’ on Crimtan’s opt-out page. If you delete this cookie you may start to be tracked again.

An Analytics Cookie
[3rd party cookie with one year expiration date from domain google-analytics.com]

Crimtan uses a site analytics tool called Google Analytics to provide Crimtan with anonymous data about visitor numbers, pages visited, time spent on site and other analytics while on the Crimtan site. To opt-out of Google analytics please go here.
 
 

DOES CRIMTAN SET COOKIES FROM ANYWHERE ELSE?

Crimtan also sets tracking cookies from some online advertisements and some partner’s sites.

Cookies from online advertisements
[3rd party cookie with one year expiration date]

You will see that many online advertisements include the AdChoices icon. It looks like this  or . To opt-out of tracking by Crimtan you need to accept our opt-out cookie by clicking ‘Click here to opt-out’ on Crimtan’s opt-out page. If you delete this cookie you may start to be tracked again. Alternatively, you can opt-out of tracking by Crimtan by visiting the IAB’s Your Online Choices website.

Cookies set from Crimtan partners
[3rd party cookie with one year expiration date]

Crimtan has partnerships with websites for the purposes of providing advertising. These websites may also set Crimtan tracking cookies in your browser. If this is the case then the website is required to state this on the site and provide a link to the relevant opt-out page for Crimtan tracking or to the the IAB’s
Your Online Choices website.
 
 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I OPT OUT?

Opting out of interest-based ads does not mean you will no longer receive online ads. It means that when you visit a website, Crimtan will no longer be able to deliver ads to you that are tailored to your interests, or to limit the number of times you see the same ad on different web pages. As a result, you may start to see the same ad over and over again and/or see ads that have no relevance to you at all. In addition, cookies are used to count the number of advertisement seen by each user and can help in keeping online ads non intrusive by making sure the user doesn’t see the same ad too often.