Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy for Websites

Last updated: 15 February 2023

To make this and associated websites work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

How do we use cookies?

We use a variety of cookies to provide us with visitor information, enable key elements of our website to work and improve your experience. Our policy is to seek your consent on your first visit to our website, giving you details of the cookies we use and what we use them for. We also give you control over the cookies we use, allowing you to choose to switch off specific cookies before using our website.

Your browser will remember your cookie options for subsequent visits to our website. Should these cookies expire or be deleted, we will seek your consent again on your next visit to our website.

Type of cookies we use:

The following sets out how Affinity uses different categories of cookies and your options for managing cookies’ settings:

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website as well as our services to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Performance / Statistics cookies

These cookies collect information about how Visitors use the Sites, including which pages Visitors go to most often and if they receive error messages from certain pages. These cookies do not collect information that individually identifies a Visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and anonymous. It is only used to improve how Affinity’s Sites function and perform.

From time to time, Affinity engages third parties to track and analyze usage and volume statistical information from individuals who visit the Sites.

Functionality / Preference cookies

Functionality cookies allow websites to remember information you have entered or choices you make (such as your language, or your region) and provide enhanced, more personal features.  These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly. Affinity uses local shared objects, also known as Flash cookies, to store your preferences or display content based upon what you view on our Sites to personalize your visit.

Targeting / Advertising / Marketing cookies

From time to time, Affinity engages third parties to track and analyze usage and volume statistical information from individuals who visit the Sites. Affinity sometimes uses cookies delivered by third parties to track the performance of Affinity’s advertisements. For example, these cookies remember which browsers have visited Sites. The information provided to third parties does not include personal data, but this information may be re-associated with personal data after Affinity receives it.

Affinity also contracts with third parties that follow your online activities over time and across different sites or other online services by collecting Website Navigational Information through automated means, including through the use of cookies. Third parties use this information to provide advertisements about products and services tailored to your interests. This process helps us manage and track the effectiveness of our marketing efforts. Third parties, with whom Affinity partners to provide certain features on our Sites or to display advertising based upon your web browsing activity, use Flash cookies to collect and store information.

Third Party Cookies

Third Party Cookies referred in section above are not placed by us; instead, they are placed by third parties that provide services to Us and/or to you. Third party Cookies may be used by advertising services to serve up tailored advertising to you on Our Site, or by third parties providing analytics services to Us.

We use STACKPATH WAF (Web Application Firewall) for protecting our applications / websites. WAF security layer drops cookies. Some of these are cookies that analyze user and browsing behavior. These cookies are required for the WAF to function properly.

How long cookies are retained?

Any of the above types of Cookie may be a session Cookie. Session Cookies are temporary and only remain on your computer or device from the point at which you visit our site until you close your browser. Session Cookies are deleted when you close your browser.

Other cookies on our site are not permanent and will expire after six months.

Managing cookies

Because ‘Strictly necessary’ cookies are essential to operate Sites and the Services, there is no option to opt out of these cookies, other than by not using the Sites.

You can easily accept or reject other cookies on this site through our option.

Click here to view the Cookie Declaration.

Cookies are expected to be present on your computer or device even after you withdraw your consent. However, such cookies will be in ‘Inactive’ state and will not track/capture any of your information.

If You’d like to delete Cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse Cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser.