Cookies

Our website uses 'cookies' to distinguish you from other users. This information helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and it also allows us to improve our website accordingly.

What is a Cookie?

Cookies are small data files which most website operators place on browser settings or hard drives of their user's device, including computer or mobile devices (to include phones or tablet devices). Cookies may gather information about the user's use of the website or enable the website to recognise the user as an existing customer when they return to the website at a later date.

How Does WMCA/TfWM use Cookies?

During the course of any visit to this website, the pages you see, along with a cookie, are downloaded onto your device. Some of the cookies are necessary for the functionality of the website and they are deleted from your device once you close your browser.

We also use 'analytical' cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below:

Essential Site Cookies

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This cookie is essential for the website facilities and is set upon your arrival to the website. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

Session ID explanation

Google Analytics

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Google Analytics Privacy

3rd Party Cookie - Twitter

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We may use Twitter’s conversion tracking and tailored audiences products. We and third parties collect user data through their application for purposes of conversion tracking and serving ads targeted to users’ interests. We do not select targeting criteria that could reveal sensitive information about users and don’t subject users to advertising that isn't relevant to our brand.

Users can opt out of interest-based advertising through ‘Do Not Track’ functionality in your web browser or through such other methods that Twitter may specify here:

https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170405

3rd Party Cookie - SocialSignIn

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We may use tracking associated with Social Sign In, a social media monitoring Dashboard. This allows us to monitor campaign effectiveness of social media click through and conversions on activities on our website.

SocialSignIn uses third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology required to run SocialSignIn. Although SocialSignIn owns the code, databases, and all rights to the SocialSignIn application, you retain all rights to your data. SocialSignIn never disclose or sell any personally identifiable information. They do use cookies but only in the same, widely-accepted that Twitter, Facebook and Google use them: to improve our analytics and the tools they can offer us. For example, we need to distinguish between total clicks links and total unique users - a distinction we can't make without cookie data.

If you would like to disable tracking please visit: Stop Tracking at www.SocialSignIn.co.uk

3rd Party Cookie - Facebook

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Facebook provide us with certain features and tools (e.g., pixels, SDKs and APIs) that have been added to our website to allow us to send data about actions that people take on our website ('Event Data') to Facebook to track conversions ('Conversion Tracking') and to create custom audiences of people who have visited our website ('Custom Audiences from your Website').

To read more about Terms For Conversion Tracking, Custom Audiences From Your Website, and Custom Audiences From Your Mobile App:

https://www.facebook.com/customaudiences/app/tos/

Cookie Acceptance

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This cookie is used to indicate that you have acknowledged that cookies are used on this site.

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Third Party Cookies

Please note that during your visits to this website you may notice some cookies that are not related to us or our contractors. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Search Engine

The search engine on our website is designed to be as powerful and easy to use as the popular search engine Google. The search is made possible by a piece of hardware (a search appliance) supplied by Google that is plugged into our server and continuously indexes the content on our site. All search requests are handled by the appliance and the information is not passed on to any third party, including Google.

How to Reject Cookies

WMCA will not use cookies to collect personal identifiable information about you and we recommend that you allow the use of cookies. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set on the WMCA website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit here.

For more information about cookies and how to reject them, please see the Interactive Advertising Bureau's website here.