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This Cookie policy sets out how we, our partners and any other third parties use cookies on www.mygiftclues.com (our website) and provides guidance as to how cookies can be managed (your privacy options). It applies to all users of, and visitors to, our website. You should read this document carefully before continuing to use our website. By visiting and using our website you agree to the terms of this Cookie policy and consent to the cookies referenced in this document being set on your device.

This document supplements our Website terms of use, our Privacy policy, our Acceptable use policy and, if you are a registered user, our Registered users policy.

www.mygiftclues.com is a site operated by MyGiftClues Ltd. (We / Us / Our). We are registered in England and Wales under company number 08403276 and have our registered office at Towngate House, 2-8 Parkstone Road, Poole, Dorset, UK, BH15 2PW. Our trading address is MyGiftClues Ltd, PO Box 7833, Poole, Dorset, BH14 4EZ.

1. What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer for tracking and record-keeping purposes. Like many websites, we use cookies to help you find your way around our website efficiently and to perform certain functions more easily. This means that you have a better browsing experience and the information we collect helps us to continually improve our website usability and the services we offer.

Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse all cookies, some cookies will be set as soon as you visit our site (see ‘Managing cookies’ below).

2. The type of cookies used on our website

By using our website you may have both first and third party cookies set on your device. First party cookies are set by us. First and Third party cookies are set by our partners and other third parties and we do not have access to or control over these cookies. A list of the known cookies used on this site can be found in section 4 of this Cookie policy along with further information on our partners’ or relevant third party websites as referenced below.

First party cookies

MyGiftClues.com uses two first party cookies.

  • The first is a session ID cookie that uniquely references a user when they are logged in (no personally identifiable information is recorded or stored). This cookie helps with login when you return to our website. It also helps with authentication of your account access which helps us to protect your security.
  • The second records user cookie preference when first using our website. This means that the initial advisory information relating to cookie usage on our website is not displayed again on subsequent visits.

Third party cookies

Some cookies used on our website are set by third parties. These may remain set on your device for an extended time period and do not expire when you close your browser. These enable your preferences to be tracked and targeted to enhance your experience.

The third party cookies used on our website are related to:

  • Understanding better how our website is used
  • Tracking outbound links and activity related to merchant websites
  • The display, tracking and reporting of interactivity with adverts
  • Other online social network interactivity

Understanding better how our website is used

We use Google Analytics, an analytical tool which sets cookies to evaluate how many visits we have to our website and to see how users interact with our website content. Google Analytics compile reports for us on our website activity which in turn helps us improve the way our website works to give a better browsing experience. Google Analytics does not collect any personally identifiable information about users of our website. In addition to the cookie information given in section 4, you can learn more about the cookies used by Google Analytics here.

Tracking outbound links and activity related to merchant websites

This is called affiliate marketing and the partner we use for this is Skimlinks. Skimlinks provides an interface into the digital affiliate networks to enable connections between publisher websites (for example, MyGiftClues.com) and merchant websites to be tracked. When a user on our website clicks on an outbound link to a merchant website Skimlinks sets cookies to collect anonymous information about the webpages, links and merchants to deliver reporting and analytics to us. The Affiliate networks with which Skimlinks interfaces also use cookies to follow a user’s click from our website through to a merchant’s website. There are multiple affiliate network partners with whom Skimlinks interfaces and further information about these affiliate network partners, their relevant privacy policies and preference settings can be found here.

We may also have a direct relationship with some online merchants’ affiliate programmes. MyGiftClues Ltd. is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk (and any other relevant Amazon-owned and operated website related to the geographical location of a user of our website including but not limited to; Javari.co.uk / Local.Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.de / Javari.de / de.BuyVIP.com / Amazon.fr / Javari.fr / Amazon.it / it.BuyVIP.com / Amazon.es / es.BuyVIP.com). Further information about how Amazon uses cookies to track users’ activity and their relevant Privacy Policies can be found here and here.

The display, tracking and reporting of interactivity with adverts

Our advertising partners fall into two broad categories:

  • Brands or business that advertise directly on MyGiftClues.com on an ad hoc basis.
  • Integrated digital advertising services that help other advertisers deliver their ads.

Brands or business that advertise directly on our website may use their own or third party cookies to track the performance of their ads. We do not have access to or control over these cookies. Further information about cookies set by these advertisers can be found in their relevant privacy policies.

Google AdSense is the integrated digital advertising provider that we use. Google AdSense uses cookies to help deliver the ads displayed on our website as well as to measure and report performance based on user interaction with them. Cookies may also be used to help make ads more relevant and interesting to individual users based on criteria such as activity on our website or visits to advertisers’ websites. You can learn more about Google advertising policies and principles here.

Other online social network interactivity

Interactivity with other social network platforms is possible from our website by using the links provided (social plugins). The social network with which you interact will set cookies to record and manage various aspects of that interaction. If you choose to interact with additional online social platforms then you should read their privacy policies to understand more about the cookies that may be set on your device. Links to this information can be found in Section 4 of this Cookie policy.

3. Managing cookies

You can control the type of cookies and whether or not you want cookies set on your device in your web browser. Your browser will usually be automatically set to accept some types of cookies. This can be changed using the privacy settings menu in your web browser.

You can also delete existing cookies that have already been set on your device. However, by doing this, you may lose information that makes it easier to use a website or you may not be able to use the full range of services available on a website or benefit from other advantageous usability features.

Please ensure that your internet browser is up to date and read the help and guidance provided by your browser for further details of how to adjust your privacy settings relating to cookies.

Please also visit allaboutcookies.org for general information about managing cookies on your particular web browser.

With regard to managing cookies related to online advertising please read section 5 of this Cookie policy.

You can learn more about how to manage cookies set by Google here.

You can learn more about how to manage cookies set by Skimlinks here.

4. Cookies used on our website

Cookies set by MyGiftClues Ltd.

CookieDescriptionLifetime
mgc_session A session cookie that uniquely identifies a user when they are logged in and remembers that login for subsequent visits. Expires after 60 days.
cb-enabled Used to record user preference with regard to cookie usage. Expires after 1 year.

Cookies set by our partners and other third parties

Google Analytics

CookieDescriptionLifetime
_ga Used to store a unique client identifier (Client ID), which is a randomly generated number. 2 years from set/update
_gat Used to create and retrieve tracker objects, from which all other methods are invoked. 10 minutes from set/update

_utma Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years from set/update
_utmb Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 30 mins from set/update
_utmc Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. End of browser session
_utmz Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 6 months from set/update
_utmv Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years from set/update

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Skimlinks

CookieDescriptionLifetime
skimGUID A unique identifier given to each computer to allow log analysis to determine the number of unique users for various parts of skimresources.com. Destroyed after 10 years. You can opt-out of the Skimlinks Optimization cookie here.
OPTOUT Used to identify users who wish to opt out of the Skimlinks tracking by skimGUID on skimlinks.com and skimresources.com. Destroyed after 10 years

TEST Used to confirm that your browser is able to accept cookies. Destroyed when the browser is closed.

Google AdSense

CookieDescription
id This is the main Google advertising cookie on non-Google websites and is stored in browsers under the domain doubleclick.net.
_drt_ Additional Google advertising cookie on non-Google websites.
FLC Additional Google advertising cookie on non-Google websites.
exchange_uid Additional Google advertising cookie on non-Google websites.
Conversion cookies Used to help advertisers determine the performance of their ads.

Further information about cookies used by Google AdSense can be found here and here

Online social network platforms

Further information can be found about the cookies and other similar technologies used by the social platforms linked to from our website and how these relate to your privacy options in the table below:

Social platform Link to further information
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/help/cookies
Twitter https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170514#
Google+ https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/policies/technologies/cookies/
Pinterest http://about.pinterest.com/en/privacy-policy

5. Further information on general online behavioural advertising opt-outs

There are various organisations that provide information about online behavioral advertising along with general consent options. Below is a list of some of these organisations and links to where you can read further information.

Your Online Choices (EU based)
Website: http://www.youronlinechoices.com

Network Advertising Initiative
Website: http://www.networkadvertising.org/
Opt-out: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp

Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising (US based)
Website: http://www.aboutads.info/
Consumer-specific info: http://www.aboutads.info/consumers
Consumer choices page: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/