A cookie is a small text file which is stored by the user's browser.
The cookie only contains data, not code, so it can't contain a virus or spyware.
These cookies in no way infringe upon your personal privacy. We are telling you about them right upfront, and we want you to know how to get rid of these tracking cookies if you like.
We make use of two types of cookies:
First party cookies
A first party cookie is restricted to the Cottages And Castles website. These cookies are used to do things like remember the last area in Scotland that you clicked on, to remember that you are logged in and to remember your booking details, to allow you to walk through each of the booking steps.
Third party cookies
A third party cookie is set by a domain other than the one the user is visiting.
We use a tool called Google Analytics, that tracks what pages you have clicked and how long you spent on each page. This is anonymous and allows us to better tailor the website to improve your experience.
We also use a company to try and match ads to a user’s interests. This type of cookie is used all over the Web, but in most cases, its presence is only disclosed deep inside privacy policies.
None of these third party cookies record your name or other personally identifiable information.
We want you to know how to get rid of these tracking cookies if you like. Here is a link to pages where you can manage the cookies set by some of the third parties that help us deliver online advertising:
If you would like more information about this practice or to opt out of having this information used by third-party ad servers that are part of the Network Advertising Initiative to provide targeted ads, please visit: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
We’d prefer a totally opt-in system, but, as far as we know, the ad industry doesn’t have a practical one as of now.
If you want to clean out all tracking cookies from all your Web sites, here are links where you can download two programs that can clean out tracking cookies:
You can also change the preferences or settings in your Web browser to control cookies. In some cases, you can choose to accept cookies from the primary site, but block them from third parties. In others, you can block cookies from specific advertisers, or clear out all cookies.
Not all cookies are tracking cookies
Like most other Web sites, ours may place cookies on your computer, in addition to any placed by advertisers. But ours aren’t "tracking cookies." They merely do things like save your registration information, if you choose to register. They do not tell us what you do or where you go online.
We care about your security and to ensure that all your data is kept private, we encrypt any sensistive information that you may send us.
When you are on secure page you will see that our address (url), in your browser address bar is prefixed with https - note that extra s!
Thanks for listening!