What is a cookie?

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to “remember” you, either for the duration of your visit (using a “session cookie”) or for repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). Cookies can let you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences and generally improving your experience of a website. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site, for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page, it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

How do we use cookies?

We use session cookies which enable a visitor's web browser to 'remember' which pages on this website have already been visited. We may also map and analyse visitor usage patterns to help us develop the website and enhance a visitor's experience.

How can I control cookies?

Depending on the type of browser you are using, you may be able to configure your browser: (i) so that you are prompted to accept or reject cookies on an individual basis or; (ii) to prevent your browser from accepting any cookies at all. You should refer to the supplier or manufacturer of the web browser for specific details about cookie security. Alternatively you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. Please note that we cannot be responsible for the content of external websites.

What do we collect?

We may collect and store certain 'technical information' about your visit to this site, such as:

  • the IP address from which you access this website;
  • the type of browser and operating system used to visit this website;
  • the date and time of your visit(s) to this website;
  • clickstream data which reveals the activities of visitors around this website (for example the web pages you access and products browsed) and;
  • the website address of the website from which you accessed this website.

Except as set out in the table below, our cookies don't store personal information such as your full name, address or payment details; they just hold the 'key' that, once you're signed in, is associated with this information. Such data is used only to analyse trends, administer and improve our website and the services we offer, track movement through our website and gather statistical information about visits to the website.

This Three Means Business portal only uses Google Analytics and Microsoft cookies, which are all first party cookies. Further details are set out below:

Type of Cookie Purpose
_ga Registers an unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the web site
_gat Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
_gid Registers an unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the web site
collect Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels
Used to ensure that, during the same session, incoming requests are always routed to the same web server