What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They 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.
They are referred to as session or persistent cookies, depending on how long they are used:
Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies stay on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie. These persistent cookies are activated each time you visit the site where the cookie was generated.
In addition to how long a cookie is kept on your computer, a cookie is then divided into four types:
Strictly necessary cookies – These cookies are essential in order to enable services you have specifically requested such as requesting a quote and/or purchasing a product
Performance cookies – These cookies collect information about how you use our website, for instance which pages you visit most often, and if you experience error messages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies you. All information is aggregated and therefore anonymous. They are only used to improve your experience whilst visiting our website.
Functionality cookies – These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and help us provide enhanced, more personal features. The information collected is anonymous and we cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. Smart Insurance uses these cookies to support social media and gives you the opportunity to watch one of our adverts.
Targeting/Advertising cookies – These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see the same advert and help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.
Cookies used by us are based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide for cookie categories: