Cookie Policy

The Shortlisted™ | Cookie Policy

This is the Cookie Policy for the-shortlisted.co.uk and for certain services provided through this website and other related applications (“our sites”). This Cookie Policy has been last updated in March 2020 to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (also known as “EU GDPR”).

1. Cookie Policy: statement and purpose

1.1 In common with the majority of websites, The Shortlisted website uses ‘cookies’ which are small files i.e, pieces of information that can be placed on your devices allowing us to recognise and remember you. Cookies are stored by your browser on your mobile device or computer – to enable the website providing a more user-friendly service.

1.2 Cookies are sent to your browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive or tablet or other and different mobile device. When you visit this website, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology.

1.3. Most web browsers are already configured to accept cookies automatically. However, you can change your browser to prevent this, although it will affect your use of this website detrimentally, as well as of many others.

1.4. Please note that to measure the website performance, any affiliate and advertising partners, like Google, for example, can also use cookies; as a consequence, this website may have access to such resulting data.

1.5. This website uses cookies to generate user statistics such as which pages on our website were the most popular, how many visits we received from a certain country or other stats that help us better understand our audience and offer a better information service.

2. Types of cookies

2.1. A visit to any page of this website may generate different types of cookie, including preference cookies, session cookies, persistent cookies, anonymous analytics cookies, advertising cookies, first-party cookies and third-party cookies.

2.2. To start with, cookies can either be first-party or third-party. The first type is allocated by the page the user visits, while third-party cookies are allocated by a third party that keeps elements embedded in the page that is being visited, i.e., digital advertisers with content published on a certain page.

2.3. Session cookies are typically automatically deleted from the browser when it is closed and allow the device to track whether the user has logged into areas of the website, keeping track of what items are being added to a shopping basket, if applicable.

2.4. Persistent cookies remain in the cookie file of your browser for the lifetime of each specific cookie. The most common use of persistent cookies is to monitor how visitors use the site. They are typically stored on your hard disk.

3. Fundamental purposes cookies are used for

3.1. Essential cookies are used for technical purposes which are essential to the good operation of this website, in particular when it comes to online transactions.

3.2. Performance cookies: this website uses other cookies to analyse how the visitors use the website itself and to monitor its performance. This helps the webmaster provide a high-quality experience by customising the website’s offering and identifying quickly any possible issues.

3.3. As an example, this website may use performance cookies in order to find out which pages are most popular and which type of linking between pages is most effective, as well why some pages are getting error messages, in order to provide a better user-friendly experience to its readers and customers.

3.4. Cookies being used to meet contractual obligations are used to enable The Shortlisted™ to meet any contractual obligations in order to make payments to third parties when any product is purchased by a customer who visited this website from another website operated by those third parties.

4. WordPress, Google Analytics, Cloudflare and GoDaddy

4.1. This website is built on the WordPress platform, fully hosted and managed by GoDaddy and uses a Content Delivery Network (CDN) provided by Cloudflare. They all may use cookies which are necessary for the proper operation of their system (such as attributing a comment on a blog post or putting a product into your shopping basket), and to track the usage of this website in order to help us understand how the site is being used – and ultimately provide an improved user experience.

4.2. You can read WordPress Privacy Policy, GoDaddy Privacy Policy and Cloudflare Privacy Policy for more information on how they collect and store data.

4.3. This website’s analysis also includes the main use of Google Analytics for reporting purposes. You can read Google Analytics Privacy Policy and Terms of Service to learn more about Google Analytics’ security and privacy. This page also offers a way to opt-out of Google Analytics completely.

4.4. We use Google Analytics cookies – which can be both session and persistent cookies and have a lifespan of 38 months maximum – to be able to compile aggregated anonymous statistics about how visitors use our website and which pages they visit or do not visit: we cannot, by any means, identify readers’ identities from this data. Google Analytics uses both session and persistent cookies.

4.5. This website uses tracking software provided by Google to monitor visitors to better understand how they use it. Google Analytics will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but we do not use any Google or other providers’ services to save or collect personal information that can be used to identify you as a unique individual person. You can read Google’s privacy policy here for further information.

4.6. By accepting the cookie notification message, you do consent to the use of such cookies from WordPress, Cloudflare, (Stripe if online shopping options are enabled), GoDaddy and Google Analytics. If you choose not to accept the Cookie Notification message, no cookies will be placed on your computer, and this data will not be tracked.

5. Disabling cookies

5.1. If you wish to disable cookies, you will need to change the settings of your website browser to make it reject cookies. The way you can do this will depend on the browser you are using; here are some further details on how you can disable cookies for the most popular browsers:

Microsoft Internet Explorer, versions 6.0, 7.0, 8.0

Just click on “Tools” at the top of the browser window, then select “Internet Options.”

Into the options window, start navigating to the “Privacy” tab

To enable cookies, put the slider to “Medium” or below.

To disable all cookies: Put the slider to the top to block all cookies

Chrome

Just click on the wrench icon on your browser toolbar, the set the click on “Show advanced settings.”

Into the “Privacy” section, click on the ‘Content settings’ button

To enable cookies, go in the “Cookies” section choose ‘Allow local data to be set’ to enable both third-party and first-party cookies. To allow first-party cookies only choose ‘Block all third-party cookies without exception.’

To disable all cookies, go in the “Cookies” section and choose ‘Block sites from setting any data.’

Opera

Just click on ‘Setting’ on your browser menu, then select “Settings” and “Quick Preferences.”

To enable cookies, go and check, “Enable Cookies.”

To disable cookies just uncheck “Enable Cookies.”

Mozilla

Just click on ”Tools” at your browser menu and then select “Options.”

Then select the Privacy panel.

To enable cookies, check “Accept cookies from sites.”

To disable cookies just uncheck “Accept cookies from sites.”

Safari on OSX

Just click on ‘Safari’  at the menu bar and select the “Preferences” option, then click on ‘Security.’

To enable cookies, go to the “Accept cookies” section and select “Only from site you navigate to’”

To disable cookies go in the “Accept cookies” section and select “Never.”

Any other browser

Please search for the “help” function into your browser or contact your browser’s provider.

6. Consequences of disabling cookies

6.1. Effects and consequences of disabling cookies will depend on which cookies you wish to disable, but generally speaking, the site might not operate properly if cookies are disabled.

6.2. If you disable 3rd party cookies only, you will not be precluded from making purchases – when and if the option is available – on this website. If you disable all cookies, you instead might be unable to make purchases on this website.

7. Find more about cookies

7.1. You find out more about cookies visiting websites such as All About Cookies dot org or Network Advertising, but please note that we hold no responsibility for the content or information available on such (or any other) websites.

8. Cookie Policy review

8.1. This Cookie Policy is being kept under regular review.

Last updated: March 2020