Our Cookie Policy

This document discusses the use of Cookies within the Open Minds website. By using the the website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of Cookies in accordance to the terms of this policy.

What Is a Cookie?

A cookie is a small file that contains a unique identifier, this file gets sent by our web server to your browser, this identifier is then sent with each request you make on the website. Cookies have many different uses for example: “saving” your preferred settings, whether the user is already signed in, and they also enable the ability track the interactions with our website.

How do we use them?

Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but the personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us to the i information stored in and obtained from cookies.

We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:

  • To recognise your computer when you visit our site.
  • To track you as you navigate our website, and the use of any features of the website.
  • To improve the websites usability.
  • To analyse the use of our website.
  • In the administration of the website.
  • To prevent fraud and improve the security of the website.
  • To personalize our website for you, including targeting advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.

Other (3rd party) Cookies

When you use our website, you may also be sent third party cookies.

Our advertisers/service providers may send you cookies. They may use the information they obtain from your use of their cookies:

  • To track your browser across multiple websites.
  • To build a profile of your web surfing.
  • To target advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.

In addition, we use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information. Google’s privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html.

Our advertising services providers may send you cookies for the purpose of enabling the service of advertisements based on your previous visits to our website.


Blocking Cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:

  • In Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector
  • In Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, and un-checking “Accept cookies from sites” in the “Privacy” box.

Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use the talk forums and wiki software on this website.

You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer.

Deleting Cookies

  • In Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835);
  • In Firefox, you can delete cookies by, first ensuring that cookies are to be deleted when you “clear private data” (this setting can be changed by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Settings” in the “Private Data” box) and then clicking “Clear private data” in the “Tools” menu.

Doing this may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.

Still need help?

If you need to discuss any of this information with us, then please contact us here.