My website is www.katievaledesigns.com.
When I refer to “you” I mean you as a user or visitor of my website.
What do I need to know about cookies?
There are different types of cookies and they are used for different purposes.
Below you can read about what a cookie is, the difference between first and third party cookies and session cookies vs. persistent cookies and what types of cookies I use on my website and why.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website stores on your device when you visit it. A cookie typically contains information about the website itself, a unique identifier that allows the site to recognise your web browser when you return, additional data that serves the purpose of the cookie, and the lifespan of the cookie itself.
Cookies are used to enable certain features (e.g. logging in), to track site usage (e.g. analytics), to store your user settings (e.g. timezone, notification preferences), and to personalise your content (e.g. advertising, language).
Session cookies vs. persistent cookies
Session cookies only last as long as your online session. This means that they will disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser. They are therefore also sometimes referred to as temporary cookies. Typically session cookies are used to remember what a user put in their basket when they are browsing a website.
Persistent cookies are different. These cookies are sometimes called permanent cookies. They will stay on your computer or device after you close your browser. These types of cookies will expire according to the time specified in the cookie. You can see the specific duration of each persistent cookie below.
Types of cookies and how I use them
Necessary cookies are required for the basic functionality of our website to work. I also use necessary cookies to help with ensuring that you are given the option to accept or reject cookies, block non-necessary cookies from working until you give consent, and remember your cookie settings and choices. The cookies also help keep track of, if, and when, you gave consent to the analytical cookies I use on my site (see below).
It's not possible to reject or accept the necessary cookies as they are core for the functionality of my website.
Here are the necessary cookies I use, what I use them for and each cookie’s duration:
The only non-necessary cookies used on this website are those by the Third Party data processor, Google Analytics. These are classed as analytical cookies, which gather statistics. I use this information to make my website even better. The information collected via the analytical cookies track how you use my website during your visit. It helps me understand visitor usage patterns, identify, and diagnose problems or errors you may encounter, and make better strategic decisions in improving the website experience.
I will only set analytical cookies on your device if you give me your consent.
Here are the analytical cookies I use, what I use them for, the specific cookie providers and each cookie’s duration:
How you can change your cookie settings, including opting out
As part of my cookie solution, I always provide you with the option to say no to cookies.
I also give you the option to change your mind. If you at one point gave consent to non-necessary cookies on my website, you can always change your mind. Just look for the shield on my website. If you press the shield, your cookie settings will appear, allowing you to always change your settings and reject cookies.
If you browse websites from multiple devices, you may need to update your settings on each individual device.
Blocking analytical cookies will have no direct impact on your experience of my website, but it would make it harder for me to make my website even better for you and to be sure that I am providing the information you want! I hope you enjoy looking at my website - with cookies or without!