COOKIE POLICY

2.1 ABOUT US

Insurance First Brokers Limited (Insurance First), company number 2169477, having a registered address of Floor 2, Gateway 2 Holgate Park Drive, York, England, YO26 4GB.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. This Cookie Policy forms part of our legal information and sets out how we use cookies on our websites to help make your visits more effective and if we use the information that cookie provide to help us improve our services.

2.2 WHAT ARE COOKIES?

Cookies are small text files placed on your computer by websites and sometimes by emails. They provide useful information to organisations, which helps to make your visits to their websites more effective and efficient. We use cookies to ensure that we are able to understand how you use our websites and to ensure that we can make improvements to our websites.

Cookies do not contain any confidential information about you.

2.3 HOW WE USE COOKIES

We use cookies to ensure that you get the best experience from our website. The first time that you visit our website you will be asked to consent to our use of cookies and we suggest that you accept cookies being active on your device whilst you visit and browse our website to ensure that you experience it fully.

2.4 THE TYPES OF COOKIES THAT WE USE

We use three types of cookies on our websites:

1. Functional cookies that are essential for our website to work

2. Analytical cookies that anonymously count interactions on our website

3. Non-essential or tracking cookies that are used for marketing activities

2.5 FUNCTIONAL COOKIES

Functional session cookies and persistent cookies are necessary in order for you to use our website. These cookies can be deleted via your browser, but this will restrict the functions that you are able to carry out on our website. Session cookies expire when you leave the website and are not stored on your computer and do not contain any personal data. Persistent cookies last beyond your visit to our website.

2.6 ANALYTICAL COOKIES

We use Google Analytics on our website. This is a tracking cookie which enables us to track how popular our site is and to record visitor trends over time. The cookie does not contain any personal data except your computer’s IP address to determine where in the world you are accessing the website from, and to track your page visit within the site.

2.7 NON ESSENTIAL OR TRACKING (SERVICE PROVIDER) COOKIES

These cookies are usually supplied by business partners and help us to filter out information which is not relevant to you. Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website

2.8 ACCEPTING/BLOCKING COOKIES

You can accept or block any cookies from any website through your browser settings. Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a) https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647 (Chrome);

(b) https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);

(c) https://help.opera.com/en/latest/security-and-privacy/ (Opera);

(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);

(e) https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac (Safari); and

(f) https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

Please note that if you share the use of a computer, accepting or blocking the use of cookies will affect all users of that computer. Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you may not be able to use all the features on our website.

2.9 COOKIES AND DEMOGRAPHICS [if applicable]

We may use data from Google's interest-based advertising or 3rd-party audience data (such as age, gender, and interests) with Google Analytics. Google Analytics gathers information about the use of our website by means of cookies. The information gathered is used to create reports about the use of our website. You can find out more about Google's use of information by visiting https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ and you can review Google's privacy policy at https://policies.google.com/privacy.

2.10 COOKIES WE USE

Our website uses first party cookies, which allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website. They maintain functionality as you move between pages and help us to improve our site. We also use some widely-used third-party social media plugins as marketing tools, and to provide convenience tools for our visitors, which create cookies.

Cookie

Name

Purpose

More Information

Browser Session

PHPSESSID

This cookie is automatically set when you land on the website. It enables functionality between pages and is essential for parts of the site to operate.

It is held temporarily and is deleted when you close your web browser. It does not contain personally identifiable information and is anonymous.

Google Analytics

  • _utma – it ascertains the number of times a visitor has been to web site. It expires after 2 years.
  • _utmb - it detects when a unique user session. It expires after 30 minutes.
  • _utmc – it determines when to create a new session for a website visitor. It’s a session cookie and expires when you exit the browser.
  • _utmz – it tracks how you found us and calculates traffic & navigation within the website. It expires after 6 months.

These cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us to count the number of visitors, which pages they visited and where they have come from, so we can improve the way our website works.

The cookies collect information in an anonymous form. We report on this activity in aggregate, and use this information solely for the purposes of monitoring and improving our website.

More details on the cookies set by Google Analytics: Google Code

An overview of Google’s Privacy Policy

To opt out of Google Analytics, use their Opt Out Tool

2.11 MORE INFORMATION ON COOKIES

For more information about cookies, visit the Information Commissioner’s website www.ico.org.uk

2.12 CONTACT US

If you have questions or comments about our Cookie Policy or if you wish to exercise your data rights mentioned above, please contact our Data Protection Officer by: Email: [email protected]; Post: Data Protection Officer, Newcastle House, Albany Court, Newcastle Business Park, NE4 7YB; or Telephone: 0191 233 4600.