What is a cookie and why are they used?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.
Cookies are useful for a variety of reasons. If for example you visit an international website and set your location as 'UK', this preference might be stored on your computer as a cookie. When you next visit the website it could retrieve this information and present content relevant to your location automatically, rather than asking you to select 'UK' again.
Do you collect personal information using cookies?
As is the case with many cookies, in the example above no information is stored which would allow you to be identified personally, such as an email address. The cookie is instead associated with your device and browser, so if you were to access the same website through another computer it would not know to set your location to 'UK'.
Data collected by cookies may be combined with any other information you submit to the Sébastien Izambard Official Fan Club/Il Divo Fans for Charity, for example by placing a bid in one of our charity auctions, but our websites will never allow anyone to contact you directly. Put another way, cookies are used to identify some combination of a device, a user account, and a browser, rather than an individual person.
The purposes for which websites managed by the Sébastien Izambard Official Fan Club/Il Divo Fans for Charity utilise cookies and other similar devices include but are not limited to:
- To make your experience of using our website, better.
- To distinguish you from other users of the website and to tailor the service (content, language) to your preferences. This does not allow us to identify you personally as stated above.
- Within registration to allow you to access stored information.
- To allow you to carry information access pages of our website and avoid having to re-enter information.
- To compile anonymous aggregated statistics which allow us to understand how users use our website and to help us improve the structure of ourwebsite.
- To compile and monitor aggregated non-personalised information (such as anonymous statistics related to the take up or use of services, or to patterns of browsing) which allow us to understand how frequently particular pages and advertisements are viewed so that we can determine the most popular areas of the website, and generally to monitor usage of the website.
- For system administration.