Cookie Policy



INTRODUCTION

This Cookies Policy explains how we use cookies and similar technologies.

WHAT ARE COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES?

A cookie is a small data file, often including a unique identifier, which is sent to your computer, mobile phone or tablet device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so the website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the website.  The cookie will collect information relating to your use of our Services, information about your device, e.g. the device’s IP address and browser type, broad location and, if you arrived at our site via a link from a third party site, the URL of the linking page. If you have registered for any Services or you are a subscriber, it may also collect your name and email address, which may be transferred to data processors for registered user or subscriber verification purposes.

Similar technologies known as “local storage” may also be used in our Services as an alternative to cookies. This is technology which is similar to cookies and performs very similar functions, such as caching data to enable us to improve our Services, allowing you to register for our Services, tracking activity to enable us and our advertisers to advertise to you in accordance with this policy and counting the number of people who view adverts on our Services. Where we refer to “cookies” in this policy, we mean cookies or similar technologies.

Cookies record information about your online preferences and help us to tailor our Services to your interests. Information provided by cookies can help us to analyse your use of our Services and help us to provide you with a better user experience.

In addition to cookies, our Services may also use web beacons, clear GIFs, page tags and web bugs.  These are all types of technology implemented by websites or third party ad servers to allow them to analyse your website use and help improve your experience of the Services.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COOKIES?

  • Session cookies are only stored for the duration of your visit to a website and are deleted from your device when you close your browser;
  • Persistent cookies are saved on your device for a set period of time after the browser has closed and are used where we (or a third party) need to identify you for a later browsing session.
  • First party cookies are set by the website you are visiting; and
  • Third-party cookies are cookies used within our services which are set by other organisations. These include cookies from external analytics services which help us to understand the use of our sites, or by advertisers so that they can track the effectiveness of their advertisements. Third-party cookies can also be set by selected social media companies to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks, which may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit.

WHAT ARE COOKIES USED FOR?

Future, together with our trusted partners, uses cookies in combination with other information we maintain for a number of purposes, including the following:

  1. Essential or ‘Strictly Necessary’ Cookies

These cookies are essential for the running of our Services. Without these cookies, parts of our websites would not function.  These cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do not remember preferences beyond your current visit and do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes. These cookies are usually session cookies which will expire when you close your browsing session.

  1. Functional Cookies

Functional cookies are essential to the running of our Services. They are used to remember your preferences on our websites and to provide enhanced, more personal features. The information collected by these cookies is usually anonymised, so we cannot identify you personally.  Functional cookies do not track your internet usage or gather information which could be used for selling advertising, but they do help with serving advertising. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our page.

  1. Analytical Performance and Measurement Cookies

Analytical performance cookies are used to monitor the performance of our Services, for example, to determine the number of pageviews and the number of unique users a website has.  Web analytics services may be designed and operated by third parties.  The information provided by these cookies allows us to analyse patterns of user behaviour and we use that information to enhance user experience or identify areas of the website which may require maintenance.  The information is anonymous (i.e. it cannot be used to identify you and does not contain personal information such as your name and email address) and it is only used for statistical purposes.

  1. Targeting or ‘Behavioural Advertising’ Cookies

These cookies, which may be placed on your device by us or our trusted third-party service providers, remember that you have visited a website and use that information to provide you with content or advertising which is tailored to your interests. This is often called online behavioural advertising (OBA) and is done by grouping together shared interests based upon web browsing history. Your web browsing history can be used to infer things about you (e.g. your age, gender etc.), and this information may also be used to make advertising on websites more relevant to you. Without these cookies, content and advertisements you encounter may be less relevant to you and your interests. If you would like more information about OBA, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please see How can users manage or opt-out of cookies?

  1. Social Media Cookies

These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site when you share our content with your friends and networks or when you engage with our content on or through a social site such as Facebook or Twitter. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other sites you visit.

HOW DO WE USE COOKIES?

We use cookies in combination with other information we maintain for a number of purposes, including the following:

  1. Essential and Functional Cookies

We use these cookies to enable certain online functionality including:

  • accessing your information so we can provide you with customised content and experiences, or remember the last page you visited on the Services;
  • identifying returning users, registrants and subscribers and allow them to be presented with a personalised version of the site;
  • eliminating the need for returning users to re-enter their login details;
  • commenting on our sites;
  • maintaining your settings and authenticating your identity while you are logged in to the Services;
  • to support security measures and to assist in identifying possible fraudulent or abusive activities.

If you object to the use of essential and functional cookies please see here: How can users manage or opt out of cookies?

  1. Analytical Performance and Measurement Cookies

We use these cookies to measure users’ behaviour to better develop our Services.  By using analytics services provided by third parties such as Google Analytics and ComScore, we can analyse and measure which pages are viewed and how long for and which links are followed, and we can use this information to provide more content which is of interest.  The data collected will generally be aggregated to provide trends and usage patterns for business analysis, site/platform improvement and performance metrics and to inform our advertising and marketing strategies. Our cookies, or the resulting analysis, can also be shared with our business partners. We also receive similar information about visitors to the sites of our group companies and other partners.

If you object to the use of analytical performance and measurement cookies please see How can users manage or opt out of cookies?

  1. Targeting or ‘Behavioural Advertising’ Cookies

We use these cookies to:

  • deliver content and marketing communications tailored to your interests based on information from your visit;
  • manage online advertising and revenue share arrangements.  Our approved advertising partners, primarily Google (Doubleclick and AdSense), Magnite, Index Exchange, OpenX, Pubmatic, Criteo and GroupM use cookies together with web beacons to provide advertising to you and to enable us to manage our relationship with those advertisers by, for example, tracking how many unique users have seen a particular advertisement or followed a link in an advertisement;
  • manage eCommerce activities via affiliate links and associated revenue share arrangements;
  • measure general user behaviour across our sites and third party sites to build a profile based on users’ browsing patterns so that we and third parties can target advertising to users that will be more relevant to their interests.  This means that if, for example, users visit a page with a review about a particular camera then the cookie will collect this information and we may target adverts for that camera to those users and, if users visit third party sites that are part of the same advertising network, those third parties may target adverts for that camera to those users;
  • to create profiles that trusted third parties can buy to allow them to better target their advertising with more relevant content;
  • display relevant advertising to you on other sites, based on your web search activity;
  • keep track of the number of users who saw a particular ad or visited a particular page of one of our websites, analyse the effectiveness of our ads, and provide auditing, research and reporting for advertisers.

The trusted partners we work with in relation to targeting and behavioural advertising include third-party ad servers, ad agencies, technology vendors, providers of advertisement content, research firms and other companies that help us provide more effective advertising and offer you a more personalised experience. As your browser, app or device communicates with the third party’s servers, these companies can collect information, including your IP address, page header information, browser or device information, just as if you had requested their web page or used their apps directly.

We cannot control nor do we have access to any cookies placed on your computer by third party advertisers and sponsors.

  1. Social Media Cookies

Cookies are also used when you share information using a social media sharing button on the sites. The social network will record that you have done this and may use this information about your visit to target advertising to you. We also market our own products and services on social media and use cookies to help with this. For example, we place a pixel on our sites that allows Facebook to place cookies on web browsers. When a visitor to our site who uses Facebook returns to Facebook, Facebook can identify them as part of a group of our site visitors and can serve them with marketing messages from us on our behalf.

The types of cookies used by these third parties and how they use the information generated by them will be governed by those companies’ privacy policies. If you object to the use of social media cookies please see here How can users manage or opt out of cookies?

  1. Other Third Party Cookies

You may notice on some pages of our websites that cookies have been set that are not related to Future. When you visit a page with content embedded from a third party service provider such as YouTube, for example, they may set their own cookies on your device. Future does not control the use of these third party cookies and cannot access them due to the way that cookies work, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. Please check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.

 

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