What are cookies?
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 better, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. A cookie often contains a unique number, which can be used to recognise your computer when a user of your computer returns to a website that it visited previously.
- Strictly necessary cookies are essential to make the site work. Examples of this are the cookies we need to make the donation and events registration forms work.
- Functional cookies improve your experience of the site, remembering your preferences, such as your accessibility settings, helping to make the site accessible to users with different needs.
- Performance cookies are used to help improve the performance of our site and help us learn what works best so that we provide you with the best experience.
- We use functionality from social websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google +1 to allow you to share content from our site on these social networks and use their functionality. These sites use third party functionality cookies to allow this to work.
- We may also use third party behavioural advertising cookies to help make our advertising to you as relevant and useful as possible.
Changing your cookie preferences
The “Help” menu in the toolbar of most web browsers will tell you how to change your browser’s cookie settings, including how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable cookies altogether. An online guide is available if you have difficulties trying to change your browser settings.
We have classified our cookies into two broad types, ‘first party cookies’ and ‘third party cookies’:
- First party cookies are cookies that are served directly by the website operator to your computer, and are often use to recognise your computer when it revisits that site and to remember your preferences as you browse the site.
- Third party cookies are served by a provider on behalf of a website operator, and can be used by the service provider to recognise your computer when it visits other web sites. Third party cookies are used for a variety of reasons, most commonly used for website analytics or advertising purposes. More details are provided in the third party cookie section.
In addition, cookies may be either ‘session cookies’ or ‘persistent cookies’. Your computer automatically removes session cookies once you close your browser. Persistent cookies will survive on your computer until an expiry date specified in the cookie itself, is reached.
List of the main cookies used on our website
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Third party cookies set by Greater Together Manchester
We work with a number of third party suppliers who set cookies on our website to enable them to provide us with services. These cookies are mainly used for reporting and advertising purposes so that we can improve the way we communicate with our supporters and ensure the money we invest in online advertising is well spent. More information about the main suppliers we use and their privacy policies is listed below.
We use DoubleClick cookies to measure the effectiveness of our online advertising. This enables us to ensure that any money we spend on digital marketing gives us a good return on investment.
DoubleClick cookies do two things: 1) they track anonymised conversion data so that we can measure advertising effectiveness and 2) they are used to serve advertising, enabling us to serve advertisements to or exclude people who have visited our website. The cookies also allows us to limit the number of times a person sees our advertisement.
DoubleClick cookies sometimes include a pixel from the advertising networks we work with. This allows us to target adverts effectively on their networks.
Cookies: DSID, IDE
Google Analytics and Optimize 360
Google Analytics 360 is a web analytics service provided by Google inc. that enables us to measure how people use our website using cookies. We use this information to improve our website experience for website visitors and to measure the effectiveness of our online advertising. We can also use these cookies to serve relevant advertisements to people who have interacted with specific sections of the site, or to exclude those audiences from advertising.
You may also stop the transmission of information generated by the cookies about your use of the website and of your IP address to Google, by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Broswer Add-on available here.
Google Optimize allows us to test variants of web pages and see how they perform against an objective that we specify. Optimize monitors the results of our experiment and tells us which variant has the best performance.
Cookies: _ga, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, __utmv, _gaexp
Cookies: c_user, datr, fr, pl, sb, wd, xs
Cookies set by third parties
If you go on to a page on our website that contains embedded content, for example YouTube, you may be sent cookies from these websites.
Our website also contains embedded “share” buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular networks, for example, Facebook and Twitter. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service.
We do not control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third party website for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.