Cookie Policy

Please find our Cookie Policy below.

About this policy

This Cookie Policy tells you what to expect when our website collects personal information. It applies to the information we collect about our visitors, and those who login to our website. 

What are cookies?

A 'cookie' is a small text file that is delivered by our website server onto your computer whilst you visit our website, which can subsequently be used by the website to identify particular devices and thereby remember your website preferences and login details. Most cookies will not collect information that identifies you and instead will collect more general information such as how you arrived at and used our website, or your general geographical location.

Why are cookies needed?

Cookies make websites work better and they are a standard part of most modern websites. For example, they remember the items you’ve placed in your online shopping cart so that the items appear at the checkout when you make your purchase. Another example would be when you login to webmail services such as Hotmail or Gmail: on such occasions a cookie is generated that confirms you are logged in and when you log off, the cookie is deleted. This means if someone goes back to your webmail address on your computer, you will still be logged out – and they won’t be able to read your emails.

More detail on how businesses use cookies is available at: www.allaboutcookies.org

What cookies do we use?

We collect your data automatically via cookies when you visit our website, in line with the cookie settings in your browser, and through the cookies that you activated when you selected various options on our cookie banner i.e. your customised cookie settings.

We use cookies to track your activity to help ensure you get the best possible experience when visiting our website for example, if you are using a shared computer, that you stay logged out when you leave our website.

We do not make any attempt to discover the identities of anyone who visits our website, and we will not associate any of the data gathered from our website with any personally identifiable information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.


Strictly necessary cookies

  • Strictly necessary cookies (otherwise known as “Essential cookies”) enable core functionality such as page navigation and access to secure areas. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes and they do not remember when you have been on the internet. You may disable these cookies by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how our website functions during your interactions with us (see relevant section below).

Non-essential Cookies 

  • We collect data from you for the purposes shown below when you visit our website, but we can only do so if you have granted us permission to do so using our cookie preferences.

Statistics

  • Statistical cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously. The statistical data we collect about your browsing actions and patterns does not identify any individual. 
  • The list below explains the cookies we use and why. Each cookie is listed by name, along with what it is used for and how long it is set to last.

Marketing Cookies

  • We also use a marketing database management program that deploys a cookie when a client interacts with a marketing communication, such as a marketing email or a marketing bases landing page on our website. This cookie collects personal data, such as your name, which pages you visit on our website and your history arriving at our website. Collected information is used to evaluate the effectiveness or our marketing campaigns or to provide better targeting for marketing.

Analytical Cookies

  • We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone.

Third Party Cookies

  • Third-party cookies are set by a domain other than the one the user is visiting. This typically occurs when the website incorporates elements from other sites, such as images, social media plugins or advertising. When the browser or other software fetches these elements from the other sites, they can set cookies as well.
  • Shift.ms does not control the use of these third-party cookies and cannot access them due to the way that cookies work, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. Please check the third-party websites for more information about these cookies.

To change your cookie settings on Shift.ms click here.

I don’t consent to the use of cookies - what can I do?

You can turn off cookies for a particular website or several sites, by adjusting your browser settings to prevent it from accepting cookies. You can learn how here or follow the links below: 

For Chrome

For Firefox 

For Internet Explorer

It’s important to note that turning off cookies is likely to limit the functionality of not only our website, but also the functionality of a large number of the world’s websites, and accordingly, your experience of ours and other websites may be impaired because data is no longer being captured about your interactions. 

It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware” and in which case, rather than switching off cookies in your browser, you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software 

How to enable/disable cookies using your browser
Google Chrome
  • Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar
  • Select Settings
  • Click 'Show advanced settings'
  • In the "Privacy" section, click the 'Content settings' button
  • To enable cookies in the "Cookies" section, pick 'Allow local data to be set', this will enable both first-party and third-party cookies. To allow only first-party cookies pick 'Block all third-party cookies without exception'
  • To disable cookies, in the "Cookies" section, pick 'Block sites from setting any data'
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Chrome. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Chrome, refer to the following page from Google:

http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0
  • Click on 'Tools' at the top of your browser window and select 'Internet Options'
  • In the options window navigate to the 'Privacy' tab
  • To enable cookies: Set the slider to 'Medium' or below
  • To disable cookies: Move the slider to the top to block all cookies
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Explorer. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Internet Explorer, refer to the following page from Microsoft:

http://windows.Microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies

Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on 'Tools' at the browser menu and select 'Options'
  • Select the Privacy panel
  • To enable cookies: Check 'Accept cookies for sites'
  • To disable cookies: Uncheck 'Accept cookies for sites'
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Firefox. For more information, refer to the following page from Mozilla:

http://support.mozilla.org/enUS/kb/Enabling%20and%20disabling%20cookies

Opera
  • Click on 'Setting' at the browser menu and select 'Settings'
  • Select 'Quick Preferences'
  • To enable cookies: check "Enable Cookies"
  • To disable cookies: uncheck "Enable Cookies"
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Opera. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Opera, refer to the following page from Opera SoRACware:

www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/

Safari on OSX
  • Click on 'Safari' at the menu bar and select the 'Preferences' option
  • Click on 'Security'
  • To enable cookies: In the 'Accept cookies' section select 'Only from site you navigate to'
  • To disable cookies: In the 'Accept cookies' section select 'Never'
  • Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Safari. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Safari, refer to the following page from Apple:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/3.0/en/9277.html 

  • All other browsers
  • Please look for a "help" function in the browser or contact the browser provider.

Changes to our Cookie Policy

This ‘Cookie Policy’ was last updated on 30 September March 2021.