What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites. When you return to the website or move from page to page, the cookies can help the browser remember your settings and preferences, such as if you prefer to sort articles by date or alphabetically to help you use the website more efficiently.
- ensure content on the website is relevant to you
- improve your experience on our website by providing statistical data on overall usage, and anonymised trend data from website visitors
- continually improve our services and website
Our cookies help us make our website work efficiently. They enable you to navigate the site and perform certain functions such as sharing pages on social networks or searching for content.
Groundswell uses a few different cookies depending on how you use our website. The following describes the cookies we use and what we use them for.
These cookies are strictly necessary to enable our website to work correctly, such as to access secure areas of the website without having to log in on every new page you visit.
Performance, and functionality cookies
These help us to personalise your website visit, such as remembering if you prefer to sort articles by date instead of alphabetically, or if you’ve closed a pop-up box so we can prevent it from appearing for you again in the future.
Anonymised, general data is collected to help us analyse how our website is used. This enables us to understand what type of content or services are most well used, so we can make constant improvements such as making those items easier to find.
Social network cookies
These cookies allow you to share content and pages that you find interesting on your own social media channels, should you actively choose to do so by clicking the share buttons.
As we link to third party sites, cookies will appear from these sites if the links are followed. Please go to the websites directly to find out how they manage cookies.
We currently operate an ‘implied consent’ policy after reviewing the cookies we use and the benefit they provide our visitors. This means that we assume you agree with the usage of our cookies unless you adjust your browser settings to match the level of privacy you require.
Please note that if your cookies are not enabled on your computer, it will mean that your user experience could be limited.
How to control cookies
You have the right and the ability to reject cookies from being used when you visit a website.
You can restrict or block cookies using your browser settings. For more information about how to control and disable cookies, visit About Cookies which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers.
Please note that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.