What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when you access certain websites.
Cookies do not directly identify you but allow a website to recognise a user's device – identifying you 'anonymously' online - by for example, obtaining your IP address or the operating system of your device.
Consequently, cookies are used by many websites to track visitor behaviour information.
We collect cookies because they enable us to track how people are using our website and therefore they help us to improve its functionality.
The information may also be used for frequency capping purposes (e.g. to ensure we do not display the same advertisement to you repeatedly) and to help us regulate the advertisements you receive and measure their effectiveness.
Our use of targeting cookies includes:
- delivering content and marketing communications tailored to your interests based on information from your visit to our website
- providing our approved media agencies with information about your visit so that they can show you relevant adverts online; and
- Involuntarily providing social networks with information about your visit to our website
Do we share cookies?
Our advertisements and campaigns per se are managed by our approved media agencies, so we will share with them your online identifier information, obtained through cookies.
Also, by way of us using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to disseminate our health campaigns and provide services, these organisations may also obtain this information from you. If you'd like further details on how cookies share information with social media sites, please read the social media organisations own privacy and cookies statements.
Can you remove cookies?
Cookies are only placed on your computer, if you have agreed to this.
In the case of our website, you can agree or disagree to allowing cookies through the cookies notification which pops up when accessing our website; asking you to choose if you'd like to either 'opt-in' or 'opt-out' to cookies.
You can also choose to set your web browser to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, through your browser settings. To find out more about your browser settings, visit the relevant support page below:
- Google Chrome – how to disable cookies
- Internet Explorer – delete and manage cookies
- Firefox – how to enable or disable cookies
- Safari – how to disable cookies
However, if cookies are refused, this may interfere with ability to use the site.
For any queries about this cookies statement please contact us:
Making Smoking History team
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
3 Piccadilly Place