The Local Answer is committed to protecting your personal information and ensuring your experience on this website is as safe and enjoyable as possible. This section contains information on how and why cookies are stored and how it will affect you.
What are cookies?
Cookies are used by most websites to improve your browsing experience. They are stored as temporary text files on your computer or mobile phone and contain small amounts of data.
Types of cookies
There are a number of different types of cookie and they perform different roles. Some simply store a unique reference to identify you. If you log into a secure area, for example, a cookie will be placed on your computer so the website remembers you for a pre-determined length of time and means you won’t need to keep logging in every time you navigate to a different page. It can also personalize areas of the site for you.
A cookie may also be used to track what pages are visited on a website. This may be done to gather statistics for research purposes so that the site owners can improve the level of service or simply glow with delight that people are visiting them. Generally speaking, this data is anonymous and, unless stated below, will not reveal any personal details about the visitor.
What Cookies does this site use?
Below is a summary of the types of cookie used on this website. If you feel uncomfortable by any of the explanations detailed below or would just like to continue your browsing with cookies disabled, you can control this from your browser settings. These settings will vary depending on what browser you are viewing and we can’t provide any help with this. You may find that very little on the internet works well with cookies disabled!
Session cookies either last for the duration of your visit or for a pre-defined length of time. They are deleted as soon as they expire.
This site uses session cookies to identify a logged in user and customize areas to an individual user. A session is also created to track visitor behaviour so we can collect useful statistics about what pages are being viewed, what devices are being used to access the site and which geographical regions the site is being viewed from. All of this information is anonymous.
These types of cookie last beyond your session and after you have closed your browser. They are used to ensure you have a better experience when you return to the site. Persistent cookies remain on your computer until you choose to remove them or after a pre-determined time period.
This site uses a persistent cookie to remember a logged in user even after they have closed their browser (unless they manually log out) so they don’t have to log in every time they visit the website. A persistent cookie may also be created to display targeted products based on the browsing history of the visitor on the site.
This website runs Google Analytics. This provides us with anonymous data to help us improve our website and potentially provide a better user experience. The data collected consists of the pages a user visits, how long a user was on the site, where the user came from (both regionally and from any referring source) as well as publicly accessible information on the browsing device the user is viewing the website on.
Third party cookies
Some pages of this site contain social networking links (Facebook, Twitter etc). If you are concurrently logged into any of these other sites, you may be able to see how many of your friends and contacts have interacted with this website through likes, comments, follows etc. No personal data is collected and no information is exposed that isn’t public on your social networking profile.