What are they?
A ‘cookie’ is a small piece of data that a website stores on your computer following a visit to the website. A cookie itself does not contain or collect personal data such as name, age, phone number, e-mail address or mailing address.
Some cookies are deleted when you close your browser. These are known as session cookies. Others remain on your device until they expire or you delete them from your cache. These are known as persistent cookies and enable us to remember things about you as a returning visitor.
Further guidance on what cookies are, how to control or delete them can be found at www.aboutcookies.org.
The following cookies are used on our website:
- Provide interactive services requested such as submitting applications online.
- Ascertain and remember your preferences for different types of information following a visit to our website.
- The cookies are held temporarily and are deleted when the web browser is closed.
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our site. The cookies collect information anonymously, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited. We use this information to help us understand how people use our website and to ultimately make our website more relevant to you and give you a better online experience.
For example, a cookie might show us that a lot of people give up on the same step of our online applications, so we can use this information to try to make this step easier to use.
We use Google remarketing to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. These cookies are written by Google for the purpose of showing advertisements to users who have previously visited our site as they browse other websites on the internet. The cookies also limit the number of times you see an advert as well as help us to measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are only placed on our site by us.
Further information on Google Remarketing can be found here: http://www.google.com/ads/innovations/remarketing.html
Third Party Cookies
Our third party marketing partners may set cookies before you reach our site. If you wish to prevent this type of cookie (sometimes known as a ‘third party’ or ‘analytical’ cookie), you may do so through your device’s browser security settings.
These cookies help us to manage our marketing relationships and to evaluate the effectiveness of our advertising and promotions on third party websites.
You’ll sometimes see our advertising or special offers on other websites and the cookies provided by the other website or advertising network can tell us how effective this is. For example, if you click on one of our advertisements, the website owner might use a cookie to tell us that you came from their site.
Please check the privacy and cookie policies of these third party websites if you have any concerns or questions, POIS has no access to read or write these cookies.
How do I turn cookies off?
Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, however if you do not wish us to place cookies on your computer it is possible to adjust your browser settings to turn the cookies off, or to delete cookies once you have visited our website. This may affect your ability to access some parts of this Website.
To change your browser cookie settings these options are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser.
The following links provide further information on these settings for the browsers shown, or you can use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can find further information on the Your Online Choices site.
We’re here if you need help or have any questions
(Lines are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm).