Cookie Policy

Introduction

By accessing and using our website or other services, you are agreeing to the terms of this policy. Please do read these policies carefully so you know what we are doing with your information.

We may update this cookie policy from time to time and will post any changes here so it's a good idea to come back occasionally and read through it again. This cookie policy was last updated on 9 August 2012.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files of letters and numbers. These files are either stored in the memory of your computer or other device such as mobile phones or tablet devices (these cookies are generally known as session cookies) or are placed on the hard drive of your device (generally known as persistent cookies).

Cookies are created when you visit a website that uses cookies. Cookies are commonly used by websites to help the user’s browsing experience and provide more information about the user’s experience and interests. This information is generally used to make content, services and advertising more relevant and useful during future visits.

For more details about cookies and details of how to delete and disable cookies you can visit www.aboutcookies.org and also see our section on more information and turning cookies off below.

How does this website use cookies?

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website and to provide increased functionality when you are using the site. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our website and our services.

Unless you have adjusted your browser settings to refuse cookies, our systems will issue cookies as soon you visit our website or access other services. If you have switched off cookies then some of the functionality of our website or services may not be available to you.

Please note that not all the cookies on our sites are set by us but we have indicated in this policy where cookies are set by third parties.

What cookies are on this website?

The cookies on our website are mainly functional and analytical cookies.

Analytical cookies

Analytical cookies allow us to recognise and to count the number of visitors to our website, to see how visitors move around the website when they are using it and to record which content viewers view and are interested in. This helps us to determine how frequently particular pages and advertisements are visited and to determine the most popular areas of our website and/or services. This helps us to improve the service which we offer to you by helping us make sure our users are finding the information they are looking for, by providing anonymised demographic data to third parties in order to target advertising more appropriately to you, and by tracking the success of advertising campaigns on our website.

Functional cookies

Functional cookies relate to the functionality of our website and allow us to improve the services we offer to you through our website, for example:

  • by recording your opinion or action (e.g. where you have voted in a poll);
  • by allowing you to carry information across pages of our website to avoid you having to re-enter information or interact more quickly;
  • to allow you to access stored information if you have registered with us;
  • by recognising your preferences when you return to our website(s);
  • by enabling us to serve the appropriate regionalised service relevant to your location; or
  • by ensuring that any adverts which you view on our website are not repeated within a short space of time.

Cookies that are set by third parties

From time to time, Inverness Courier may sell advertising space to third parties who may deploy cookies to gather information about users to target their advertising to those users.

The website may include functionality enabling you to interact with the site using social media tools such as Facebook or twitter. Such interactions may require the use of cookies by Facebook.com or twitter.com to recognise you as a user of those platforms and match your actions with your social media account. You can find out more detail about Facebook’s use of data at the Facebook Data Use Policy and more detail about twitter’s use of data in the twitter Privacy Policy.

When do our cookies expire?

Except for essential cookies, most of the cookies on our websites expire at the end of your current session on our website. However, some of our cookies have an extended lifespan which ranges from 1 day to 26 years. Where we specify that the cookie being used is a flash cookie, please note that flash cookies do not expire.

Where can I find more information about cookies, and how do I turn cookies off or delete cookies?

Find out more about cookies including how to disable/enable and delete them at the following website www.aboutcookies.org.

You can block most cookies (except for Flash cookies) by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our sites, or you may experience reduced functionality when accessing certain services. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our website.

You may reject or delete Google Analytics cookies by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on available here.

Generally you can't delete Flash cookies (also known as local shared objects) with browser controls, but Adobe's website at www.adobe.com provides information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies. Click here for details.

Contact us

You can email us with any questions, queries or complaints at webdesk@spp-group.com.