‘Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website. ‘Non-essential’ cookies and similar technologies will only be placed on your computer or device if you have consent to us doing so. In the section ‘About Cookies’ below, you will find information about the differences and function between essential and non-essential cookies.
For guidelines on how you can provide and/or withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies and other similar technology on your computer or device, please see the information in the section ‘How to accept or reject cookies’.
- About cookies
- Types of cookies used
- Essential cookies
- Non-essential cookies
- How to accept or reject cookies
What are cookies?
Cookies are very small data files which are sent by a website’s server to a web browser, and stored within processor memory or hard drive. There are a range of purposes which they can be used for, including customising a website for a user, helping users with website navigation, improving website user experience, and storing a user’s preferences so they do not need to be set on each subsequent visit.
Essential and non-essential cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’. Essential cookies are either used solely to conduct or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or are strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. a website or a service on a website) which you have requested.
Non-essential cookies are any cookies that are not essential, such as those that are used to analyse user behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements (‘advertising’ cookies).
Session and persistent cookies
Cookies are classified as being either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on the length of time they last for after they are placed on your browser. Session cookies last for as long as your browser is open and will expire when you close it.
Persistent cookies will either expire at a specific point in time or can be manually deleted from your browser, whichever occurs first.
First and third party cookies
Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.
First party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.
Third party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.
If you require further information about cookies in general, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org
Types of cookies used
We use the following cookies on or in relation to our website:
Typekit by Adobe
Purpose – This cookie is used to provide fonts and ensure the website looks as it should in your browser. Adobe may collect information about the fonts being served to you through the 3GS website.
Site Analytics by Google
Purpose – To understand how our website is being used in order to improve the user experience. All user data collected is aggregated and anonymised, and as such no actions can be attributed to a specific person.
This is a standardized installation of Analytics that does not use Re-advertising or Display Advertising features.
You can manage your Google Advertising settings for web browsing across the net here - https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922?hl=en-GB
You can prevent Google Analytics’ collection of your anonymised data about your use of the 3GS website by clicking the dark blue banner located at the bottom of the page across our website.
Disable Google Analytics
Purpose – To remember the preference for subsequent visits that you have disabled Google Analytics across the 3GS website and to prevent the service from collecting any information about you or your use of our website.
These are cookies which are necessary for our website to be able to operate as intended or to allow us to provide you with a service on our website which you have requested. We use the following essential cookies on our website:
Third party persistent cookie to provide consistent typography so that our website may appear as intended. This cookie is: Typekit by Adobe.
The legal basis for our processing information about you contained in or obtained from essential cookies is our legitimate interests (as per Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation). Legitimate interests: ensuring our site functions properly and providing you with online services you have requested.
How to opt out of essential cookies:
Most web browsers will allow you to block all cookies, including essential cookies. Please note, however, that if you block all cookies, parts of our website and its functionality may not work or display correctly.
Existing cookies can be deleted from your browser by clearing your browsing data and ensuring that the option to delete cookies is selected.
For more detailed information on how to accept/reject and delete cookies, including guidance for specific browsers, please see the section ‘How to accept or reject cookies’
We use the following types of non-essential cookies on our website:
Analytical (or performance) cookies
Analytical cookies track and gather data about what a user does on a website. These cookies are not essential for our website or its functionality to work. We use the following analytical cookies on our website:
We use Google Analytics cookies on our website. Google Analytics cookies help us understand how you engage and interact with our website, including how you came to our website, which pages you visited, for how long and what you clicked on, and your broad location (based on your IP address).
The Google Analytics cookies used on our website is: Site Analytics by Google. These cookies are persistent cookies and expire after two years.
The information we collect using analytical cookies is collected on an anonymised basis.
The legal basis for our processing information about you contained in or obtained from non-essential cookies is our legitimate interests (as per Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interests: analysing how individuals use our website to help us improve our website and business. For further information on how we use the information gathered from our use of analytical cookies, please see out Public Privacy Notice, which is available here: http://www.3gs.co.uk/privacy
For information on how Google uses data from cookies it uses, please visit: www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners
How to opt out of analytical cookies:
You may opt out of Google Analytics on our website by using the dark blue banner at the bottom of all webpages on this site; or To opt out of Google Analytics tracking across all websites in general, you can do so here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Functional cookies are designed for purposes such as enhancing a website’s functionality. These are either not strictly essential for the website or functionality which you have requested to work, or are cookies which serve non-essential purposes in addition to their essential purpose. We use the following functional cookies on our website:
We use a Disable Google Analytics cookie on our website. This cookie is to remember your preference to block Google Analytics from tracking your use of our website, and will prevent any data from being collected about you including the pages you visit, your location, and how you reached our website.
The Disable Google Analytics cookie used on our website will appear under the name: ga-disable-UA and will expire on 31 December 2099.
Third party cookies analyse your use of our website to ensure our website displays as intended in your browser. Third party cookies used in relation to our website include:
We use Typekit by Adobe on our website. This cookie ensures the consistent appearance of typography and allows you to view our website as it is intended to be seen.
The third party cookie used on our website is: Typekit by Adobe. These cookies will expire after two years.
The legal basis for our processing information about you contained in or obtained from essential cookies is our legitimate interests (as per Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interests: ensuring our website and text within it are displayed correctly and as intended on visitors’ browsers.
To understand how you can opt in or out of third party cookies and instructions for specific browsers, please see the following section.
How to accept or reject cookies
You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on the 3GS website. However, please be aware that blocking these cookies could impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.
You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, which may include, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org
You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below will provide you with information on how you can change these browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:
- Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en-GB
- Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-browsing-search-download-history-firefox?redirectlocale=en-US&redirectslug=Clear+Recent+History
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/278835/how-to-delete-cookie-files-in-internet-explorer
- Apple Safari: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042?locale=en_US
Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to browse websites in ‘incognito’ mode. ‘Incognito’ mode limits the amount of data placed on your machine and will automatically delete any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third party applications, plug-ins, and extensions, which you can add to your browser to block or manage the use and storage of cookies.
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser by websites you have visited, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.
You can manage and opt out of personalisation of advertisements by Google by visiting Google’s ad settings page here https://adssettings.google.com/" and by:
- unticking the button entitled ‘Also use Google Account activity and information to personalize ads on these websites and apps and store that data in your Google Account’; and
- - switching the ‘Ads Personalisation’ setting off (i.e. by ensuring the switch at the top of the page is set to the left/grey and not the right/blue).
- Alternatively, you can install a free browser plugin here: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the browser add-on which is available here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Disconnect for Facebook
You can install a browser add-on tool called ‘Disconnect Facebook pixel and FB tracking’. This will stop Facebook tracking you on third party websites. The tool is available here:
- For Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/disconnect-facebook-pixel/nnkndeagapifodhlebifbgbonbfmlnfm?hl=en
- For Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/facebook-disconnect/
European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance Tool
You can opt out of Facebook and other companies that participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance in Europe from showing you interest based ads by visiting http://www.youronlinechoices.com, selecting your country, clicking ‘Your Ad Choices’, then locating Facebook (and any other companies you want to block) and selecting the ‘Off’ option.