What Are Cookies?
When you visit our website, it may store or retrieve information in your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Cookies are small text files that are transferred to your computer’s hard disk by a website. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is typically used to make the site work as you expect it. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience.
What Types of Cookies Do We Use?
There are two broad categories of cookies: First-party cookies, served directly by us to your device and third-party cookies, which are served by a third party e.g. Google, LinkedIn. The Blue Matter website uses only third-party cookies.
Cookies can remain on your computer or mobile device for different periods of time. Some cookies are “session cookies”, meaning that they exist only while your browser is open. These are deleted automatically once you close your browser. Other cookies are “permanent cookies”, meaning that they survive after your browser is closed. They can be used by the website to recognize your computer when you open your browser and browse the Internet again.
This website uses a total of five cookies that perform two functions, namely:
- Performance Cookies
- Functionality Cookies
1. Performance Cookies – These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, length of time spent on the site, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies you. All the information that these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how a website works.
Four of the five cookies we use are performance cookies associated with Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Compatible with Chrome, Internet Explorer 8–11, Safari, Firefox and Opera.
The cookies associated with Google Analytics are summarized below.
Expiry: At end of session
This cookie assigns a unique identifier to each visitor to the Blue Matter website. It prevents Google Analytics from counting a single visitor as multiple visitors as they explore the site. It expires as soon as a visitor’s session ends.
Expiry: At end of session
This cookie prevents the _gat_UA-124594636-1 cookie from being used more than once for a visitor in any one session. It expires as soon as a visitor’s session ends.
Expiry: 24 hours after session
This cookie assigns a unique identifier to each site visitor’s “session.” It expires after 24 hours.
Expiry: 2 years after session
This cookie assigns a unique identifier to visitors to the site. It is a longer-lasting ID that helps Google Analytics determine a visitor’s geography and track how many times they visit the website. It expires 2 years after it is created.
2. Functionality Cookies – These cookies allow our site to remember the choices you make (such as your language, preferences, or region) to provide a more personalized online experience. These cookies collect information that may be anonymous but may also include personal information that you have disclosed. If you do not accept these cookies, the site’s performance and functionality may be affected, and access to content on the site may be restricted.
We use the following functionality cookies:
This cookie is a unique identifier generated by Google to remember preferences such as preferred language, how many search results to show on a page, and similar items.
How to control or delete cookies
You can change your cookie settings for this website at any time by visiting our Cookies Settings center. 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 or you can click on one of the links below to go directly to the user manual for your browser:
Alternatively, you may wish to visit https://aboutcookies.org/, http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ or https://cookiepedia.co.uk/ which contain general information about cookies and comprehensive information on how to modify the cookie settings on a wide variety of browsers and how to delete cookies from your computer. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone or tablet you will need to refer to your device manual.
By pressing the “Accept Cookies” button, the user accepts all Cookies on the Website. View our Cookie Statement.