Cookie Policy

1. Introduction to our Cookies Policy

  • Clear Comparisons Limited (we refer to ourselves as “ClearComparisons”, “we”, “us”, “our” or “website” in this policy document).
  • It is our objective to help you make an informed purchase whilst saving time and money. To achieve this, we use cookies on our website. The cookies used allow you to manoeuvre around the website with ease, and use the basket and comparison function without losing your selected products. Cookies help us provide you with the best user experience on ClearComparisons.

2. About cookies

  • 2.1 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
  • 2.2 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
  • 2.3 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
  • 2.4 Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.

3. Our cookies

  • 3.1 We use both session and persistent cookies, authorized third parties cookies, web beacons and/or other technologies to collect non-personally identifiable data on our website. These cookies collect non-personally identifiable information to help us to track browsing behaviour, to tailor make offers or advertisements, and to monitor and record the visits and use of our website.
  • 3.2 The names of the Functionality cookies that we use on our website and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:
    • (a) Recognise a computer to enable the use of a shopping cart and comparison tools on the website, facilitate the use of our website search engine, validate authenticated users sessions, administer the website, log into secure areas and access account information.
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  • 3.3 The names of the Personalisation cookies that we use on our website and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:
    • (a) To recognise a computer when a user visits our website, improve the website’s usability and personalise the website for each user.PHPSESSID
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  • 3.4 The names of the Analytical cookies that we use on our website and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:
    • (a) To recognise a computer when a user visits our website, track navigation of the website, improve the functionality of the website, testing to ensure the website is performing well and measure the impact and performance of our advertising.
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4. Third party cookies

  • 4.1 Our third party service provider’s cookies may be set while visiting our website.  For example, if you visit a page with content embedded from an advertising network, the third party may set their own cookies on your web browser. These anonymous cookies may be set partly to track the success of their application or to customise their application to you.
  • 4.2 We may partner with a third party to either display advertising on our website or to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party service providers may use cookies to gather information about your activities on our website and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests.
  • 4.3 Details of key third party cookies used by our website are set out below. Please read their cookies policies to ensure that you’re comfortable with how they use cookies and opt-out if required.
    • (a) Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about the website use by means of cookies. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. The cookie does not contain any personal identifiable information.
      Google Analytics Cookie Policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/#toc-analytics
    • (b) Google Adwords is used to advertise ClearComparisons on Google websites.  This tool refers users to our website when individuals search Google using certain keywords has defined Google Adwords. The cookies are placed by Google and are used to identify users who have been referred to ClearComparisons by Google.  The cookie does not contain any personally identifiable information.
      Google Adwords Cookie Policy is available at: http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/
    • (c) Google AdSense advertisements are used on our website. These are tailored by Google to reflect your interests. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the web using the DoubleClick cookie. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: http://www.google.com/settings/ads/. You can also opt out of the AdSense partner network cookie using those settings or using the NAI’s (Network Advertising Initiative’s) multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at: http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/. However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained. To ensure that an opt-out is maintained in respect of a particular browser, you may wish to consider using the Google browser plug-in available at: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/plugin.
      Google Analytics Cookie Policy is available at: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ads/
    • (d) Awin is an Affiliate Network Provider that provide us with technology tools to allow us to identify users referred by affiliate partners, and track amounts due to these affiliate partners under referral programs.  The cookies are placed by the affiliate networks to identify users who have been referred to ClearComparisons by an affiliate and who have transacted on our website. The cookie does not contain any personally identifiable information.
      Awin Cookie Policy is available at: https://www.awin.com/gb/legal
    • (e) Webgains is an Affiliate Network Provider that provides technology tools to allow us to identify users referred by affiliate partners, and track amounts due to these affiliate partners under referral programs.  The cookies are placed by the affiliate networks to identify users who have been referred to ClearComparisons by an affiliate and who have transacted on our website. The cookie does not contain any personally identifiable information.
      Webgains Cookie Policy is available at: http://www.webgains.com/public/en/privacy/
    • (f) Amazon Associates is an Affiliate Network Provider that provides technology tools to allow us to identify users referred by affiliate partners, and track amounts due to these affiliate partners under referral programs.  The cookies are placed by the affiliate networks to identify users who have been referred to ClearComparisons by an affiliate and who have transacted on our website. The cookie does not contain any personally identifiable information.
      Amazon Cookie Policy is available at: https://services.amazon.co.uk/standards/cookies.html

5. Blocking cookies

  • 5.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:
    • (a) Internet Explorer (version 11) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and then “Advanced”;
    • (b) Firefox (version 47) you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy”, selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and unticking “Accept cookies from sites”; and
    • (c) Chrome (version 52), you can block all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Content settings”, and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading.
  • 5.2 Some cookies are essential for ClearComparisons to function and if cookies are blocked, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
  • 5.3 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
  • 5.4 If you choose to block cookies from a specific website or via www.youronlinechoicecs.com, such changes will only apply to the Web Brower on the device in use. This process would need to be repeated for all your required devices.

6. Deleting cookies

    • 6.1 You can delete cookies already stored on your computer; for example:
      • (a) Internet Explorer (version 11), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11);
      • (b) Firefox (version 47), you can delete cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”, then selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, clicking “Show Cookies”, and then clicking “Remove All Cookies”; and
      • (c) Chrome (version 52), you can delete all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Clear browsing data”, and then selecting “Cookies and other site and plug-in data” before clicking “Clear browsing data”.

6.2 Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.

7. Changes to our Cookie policy

  • 7.1 We reserve the right to amend this policy and any amendments will be posted on this page. Your continued usage of this site after such notice shall constitute acceptance of any such changes.

8. Our details

  • 8.1 This website is owned and operated by Clear Comparisons Limited.
  • 8.2 We are registered in England and Wales under registration number 10936618. Our registered address is: 12 Constance Street, London, E16 2DQ
  • 8.3 You can contact us on: support@clearcomparisons.com

Effective Date: 1 January 2018

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