What are cookies and why do we use them?

A cookie is a small amount of data which is stored on your computer's hard drive. We and those third parties who we authorise may also use cookies and other such devices to improve your experience including as follows:

  • to allow you to carry information across pages of our Website and avoid having to re-enter information;
  • within registration to allow you to access stored information;
  • to help us recognise you as a unique visitor when you return to our Website or Services;
  • to allow us to tailor content or advertisements to match your preferred interests;
  • to avoid showing you the same adverts repeatedly; and
  • within research surveys to ensure you are not invited to complete a questionnaire too often or after you have already done so.

We and those third parties who we authorise also use cookies and other such devices to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics for the following purposes:

  • to understand who has seen which pages and advertisements on the Website or otherwise via the Services;
  • to determine how frequently particular pages and advertisements are visited;
  • to track the success of any advertising campaigns on our Website;
  • to determine the most popular areas of the Website or Services;
  • to provide anonymised demographic data to third parties in order to target advertising more appropriately to you;
  • generally in order to monitor usage of the Website or Services; and
  • to undertake market research and/or to facilitate reviews, developments and/or improvements to the Services.

Use of cookies in this way allows us to understand how users use our Website and/or our Services and helps us improve the structure of our Website and/or our Services (we cannot identify you personally in this way).

The following cookies are set on this website:

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This cookie holds voting information and enables us to provide voting services to you. This cookie expires at the end of your session.

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This cookie is set by Rackspace (our web hosting provider) and is used by their load balancer to tie each visitor's session with a specific web server for the duration of the session. This allows us to meet the demands of any spike in visitors.

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These cookies are set by Google Analytics and are used respectively to:

  • determine unique visitors to the website. It is updated with each page view and expires 2 years from date set;
  • establish and continue a user session within the website (expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes);
  • this cookie stores no information but is included for backward compatibility purposes (expires when the user exits the browser);
  • store the type of referral used by you to reach The British Soap Awards website, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. Expires 6 months from date set.

Third party cookies that may be set

We use a number of social media tools and external services to enhance visitor interaction on our site. If you already use these platforms their cookies may be set through our website. Data may then be collected by these companies that enables them to serve adverts on other sites that they think are relevant to your interests.

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This cookie policy was last updated on 8 October 2014