What are cookies?
For our websites to work according to visitors expectations, we need to collect certain basic information about visitors. To do this, our site will create small text files which are placed on visitor’s devices – these files are known as cookies. Cookies are uniquely assigned to each visitor, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to the visitor. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to a visitor’s device.
Cookies do various jobs which make the visitor’s experience of the internet much smoother and more interactive. For instance, cookies are used to remember the visitor’s preferences on sites they visit often, to remember language preference and to help navigate between pages more efficiently. Much, though not all, of the data collected is anonymous, though some of it is designed to detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location to improve the visitor experience.
Altasciences places cookies to store and then retrieve small bits of information on your computer when you visit. This is to ensure that the content is tailored to your specifications, thereby improving your experience of the site. Amongst other things, the cookies we use allow visitors to sign up to the site and let us calculate (anonymously) how many visitors the website has.
The performance of the site is adversely affected for the visitor if cookies are disabled or disallowed.
What are the flavours of Cookies and which do we use?
Cookies are generally categorized by how long they are stored as well as their function.
Cookies categorized by length of storage:
Persistent cookies remain on a visitor’s device for a period of time specified in the cookie. These cookies are activated each time that the visitor visits the website that created the specific cookie.
Examples of how we use persistent cookies:
- Allowing visitors to sign up
- Calculating the number of site visitors
Session cookies are temporary. They allow website operators to link the actions of a visitor during a browser session. A browser session starts when a visitor opens a browser window and finishes when they close it. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
Examples of how we use session cookies:
- To improve the usability of our site
- To route the visitor to the most available web server
Cookies categorized according to function:
Strictly necessary cookies
Strictly necessary cookies are essential to navigate around a website and to use its features. Without them, visitors may not be able to use basic services such as registration. These cookies do not gather information about visitors that could be used for marketing or remembering where a visitor has been on the internet.
Examples of how we use ‘strictly necessary’ cookies include:
- Allowing visitors to sign in to specific websites as a registered user
Performance cookies collect anonymous data for statistical purposes on how visitors use a website, these cookies do not contain or collect any personal data, and are used only to improve the visitor experience.
Examples of how we use performance cookies include:
- Gathering data about visits to the website, including numbers of visitors and visits, length of time spent on the site, pages clicked on or where visitors have come from
- Information supplied by performance cookies helps us understand how visitors use the website; for example, whether or not visitors have visited before, what visitors looked at or clicked on and how they found us
- Information supplied by performance cookies is used in (re)marketing activities.
Functionality cookies allow visitors to customize how a website looks for them: they can remember usernames, language preferences and regions.
Examples of how we uses functionality cookies can include:
- Remembering the language choice of a visitor
- Remembering the username for the login page.
Can I control cookies?
Visitors must be aware that any preferences will be lost if cookies are deleted, and some of the website functionality may also be lost if cookies are turned off or disallowed. We therefor do not recommend turning cookies off when using any of our sites
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but visitors can alter the settings of their browser to erase cookies or to prevent automatic acceptance. Browsers generally provide the option to see the cookies currently stored and to accept, reject or delete cookies, block third party cookies, block cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies and subscribe to a notification when a cookie is issued. A visit to the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on the browser will allow you to change your browser settings. Your browser “help” section may provide more detailed information on how this is accomplished.
Managing performance cookies
It is possible to opt out of having your anonymized browsing activity within websites recorded by performance cookies. Visitors can prevent their data from being used by installing a Browser Add-on that blocks the functionality.
We use the following tools for recording performance cookies:
- Google Analytics
- Google Adwords (DoubleClick)
- Facebook Pixel
Don’t forget that by not allowing performance cookies the website experience may not be optimal and we will not be able to learn how to improve our websites.
By continuing to use the website, you agree to the placement of cookies on your device. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be.