Cookie policy

22 May 2018

This Cookie Policy explains how dcs plus and our affiliates use cookies and similar technologies to recognise you when you visit our Websites and when you use our Subscription Service (the Subscription Service. It explains what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

When someone visits dcsplus.net, we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not personally identify anyone.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the site again, the cookie allows that site to recognize your browser. Cookies may store user preferences and other information.  

Cookies provide a convenience feature to save you time, or tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize pages on our Websites, or register for the Subscription Service, a cookie helps us to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. When you return to the same Website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the customized features.

Cookies set by the website owner dcs plus are called "first party cookies". Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called "third party cookies".  Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites. 

Why do we use cookies?

Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as "essential" or "strictly necessary" cookies.

Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Websites and Subscription Service.  For example, dcs plus keeps track of the Websites and pages you visit within dcsplus.net, in order to determine what portion of the  Website or Subscription Service is the most popular or most used. This data is used to deliver customized content and promotions within the dcs plus Website and Subscription Service to customers/users whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area. Third parties serve cookies through our Websites for advertising, analytics and other purposes.  This is described in more detail below.

What types of cookies do we use and how do we use them?

The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform.  These cookies include:

  • Essential website cookies: These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Websites, Subscription Service and Mobile Apps and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas.
  • Performance and functionality cookies: These cookies are used to enhance the performance and functionality of our Websites, Subscription Service but are non-essential to their use. However, without these cookies, certain functionality may become unavailable.
  • Analytics and customisation cookies: These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our Websites, Subscription Service are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customise our Websites for you.
  • Advertising cookies: These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you. They perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensuring that ads are properly displayed for advertisers, and in some cases selecting advertisements that are based on your interests.
  • Social networking cookies: These cookies are used to enable you to share pages and content that you find interesting on our Websites, Subscription Service through third party social networking and other websites. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes too.

 

 

Cookies set by visiting the dcs plus website

Name Description Duration
     
__ar* AdRoll 'remarketing cookie', used to provide interest-based advertisements to show our ads on other websites. Read more Decided by Google
_ga Google Analytics cookie, used to distinguish users. Read more Decided by Google
__utm* Google Analytics non-personally identifiable information used for website analytics. Read more Decided by Google
     
__hs*, hubspotutk, hsPagesViewedThisSession, hsfirstvisit Cookies set by HubSpot to keep track of visitors on dcsplus.net Read more Decided by HubSpot
  Cookies set by Hotjar to keep track of visitors on dcsplus.net.   
intercom-* Cookies set by Snapengage for its real time support chat system. Decided by Snapengage

 

 

How can I control cookies?

You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. You can exercise your cookie preferences by clicking on the appropriate opt-out links provided below.

You can set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our website though your access to some functionality and areas of our website may be restricted. As the means by which you can refuse cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser-to-browser, you should visit your browser's help menu for more information.

For more information please visit the website specific for the browser you use:

  • Cookie Settings for Internet Explorer Internet Explorer;
  • Cookie Settings for Firefox – Firefox;
  • Cookie Settings for Chrome – Chrome;
  • Cookie Settings for Safari – Safari;
  • Cookie Settings for Edge – Edge;
  • Cookie Settings for Opera – Opera.

In addition, most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising.  If you would like to find out more information, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or http://www.youronlinechoices.com. You may opt out by clicking here: http://preferences.truste.com/ (or if located in the European Union, by clicking here: http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/). Please note this does not opt you out of being served advertising. You will continue to receive generic advertisments.

Essential website cookies: Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Websites to you, you cannot refuse them. You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings however, as described above.

Do you serve targeted advertising?

Third parties may serve cookies on your computer or mobile device to serve advertising through our Websites. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you may be interested in. They may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements. This can be accomplished by them using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable us or them to identify your name, contact details or other personally identifying details unless you choose to provide these.

How often will you update this Cookie Policy?

We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.  Please therefore re-visit this Cookie Policy regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies. 

The date at the top of this Cookie Policy indicates when it was last updated. 

Where can I get further information?

If you have any questions about our use of cookies or other technologies, please email us at dpo@dcsplus.net .