What is a cookie?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device whenyou visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu for a video about cookies visit www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/data-on-the-web/cookies
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
The cookies used on thevisamachine.com have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of which is set out below.
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Targeting cookies or 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 an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Cookies in use on thevisamachine.com
Most web browsers allow you to have some control over the placing of cookies on your device through your browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to block, manage and delete them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|Cookie Name||Cookie Category||First or Third Party||Purpose|
|PHPSESSID||Strictly Necessary||These are cookies placed on your device by The Visa Machine||This cookie is used to store preferences when choosing visas (such as nationality) which then enable us to select the correct product for you. It is also used to identify yourself to us once logged in and to store current order information.|
|Performance Cookies||These are third party cookies that are placed on your device to allow us use the Google analytics service.||These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our sites. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Further information are available about these cookies here:http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html|
|Targeting Cookies||These are third party cookies that are placed on your device to allow Google to analyse the use of their maps service.||These cookies are used by Google to ascertain how many users are using their mapping service. They expire after a period between six months and two years. You can find out more about these cookies at http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/|
|Targeting Cookies||These are third party cookies that are placed on your device if you access our site while logged into your google profile.||The Google+1 button is a way for you to share information publicly, as part of your Google Profile. Clicking it will be recorded by Google, along with the information about the page you are viewing. This helps you and others receive customised content from Google and its partners.|