What are cookies?

A cookie is a simple text file which stores small pieces of information. When you visit one of our websites its server saves the cookie onto your computer or other device. Only that platform’s server will be able to read or retrieve the contents of that cookie.

Cookies do many different jobs like storing your preferences, helping you navigate effectively, and improving your overall experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and our platforms quicker and easier. For example, a cookie might store information so you don’t have to keep entering it.


How does Octaplus use cookies?

Some cookies are needed to make our platforms work and can’t be turned off. Others are optional and you can change your preferences below. You can update your choice at any time by clicking the ‘cookie policy’ link at the bottom of any page.


How long are cookies saved for?

This depends on whether they are session cookies or persistent cookies.

Session cookies delete themselves once you close your browser. Session cookies can help with security, and also remember what you’ve done on previous web pages so you don’t have to re-enter information.

Persistent cookies stay on your device after you close your browser. They’re used for lots of different things – one example is remembering your cookie preferences between visits, so you don’t need to keep telling us which cookies to use. In case you’ve forgotten about them, or changed your mind, we’ll ask you to confirm your cookie preferences every six months. You can update your choice at any time by clicking the ‘cookie policy’ link at the bottom of any page.


What types of cookies does Octaplus use?

We use both first and third party cookies on this site.

First party cookies are set by the digital platform you’re using and aren’t shared elsewhere. Often these cookies are used to remember information about how you used a platform.

Third party cookies are placed on your device by a website outside the one you’re on. For example, if you use a social media ’share’ button on a website, the social network (like Facebook) will put a cookie on your device so they know what you’ve liked. If you want to control how third parties can use your data then you need to set your privacy choices on their site.

We use the following types of cookies:

Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.

Analytical or performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our 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.

Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests.


How do I manage cookies?

When you turn off any non-essential cookies, and after you refresh or move away from this page, we will stop setting or using those cookies.


Cookies and your browser settings

You can use your browser settings to delete Cookies that have already been set at any time. You can also use your browser settings to manage Cookies to switch off a Cookie altogether. If you do this, it could mean that we can’t use strictly necessary Cookies properly and so parts of our website may not work correctly.

For more information about how to use your browser settings to clear your browser data or to manage Cookies, check your browser ‘Help’ function.


Blocking or restricting Cookies

You can stop Cookies being used on your device by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to block the deployment of all or some Cookies. To find out how, visit all about cookies.

Please note, if you use your browser settings to block Cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.

It is also important to know that rejecting Cookies will not delete any Cookies that have been saved to your device in the past. You can delete previously saved Cookies via your browser settings.


Changes to this policy

We occasionally update our cookie policy. You should visit this page periodically if you want to keep yourself informed.