Our websites use Google Analytics.
Google Analytics uses ‘cookies’ (text files stored on your browser to allow us to analyse how you use our websites). In common with other firms using Google Analytics the data that is generated by the cookie (including your IP Address) is forwarded to a Google server in the USA and stored there.
However, if IP anonymization is enabled on this website, Google will truncate/anonymize the last 4 digits of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the cookie send the full IP address to Google, who themselves are committed to truncating the IP address.
Google uses the information collected to help us understand how you use our websites, compiling reports and providing additional services on website activity and internet usage for us to use.
The IP address you use, and collected by the Google cookie, will not be merged with any other Google data that they might hold (such as from a Google account you have with them, or from other analytics cookies from other websites that are using Google Analytics).
You can change the settings on your browser to prevent cookies being stored. See our own cookies section below for more help on how to do this.
If you choose to block cookies you may not be able to use all of our services, including getting a quote or purchasing a policy.
You also have the option to stop the capture of data relating to how you use our websites that is generated and processed by Google cookies (including your IP address) by downloading and installing a ‘plug-in’ from Google. It’s available at this link:
When you use our website you agree to us placing cookies on your web browser.
1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that store information such as the pages you visit on a particular website. The next time you click on one that website the cookie will inform the site that you’ve used it before.
We use this sort of information to help improve both your experience and our website.
2. What types of cookies are there?
There are two basic types of cookie that we use:
- First-party cookies – set by the website you are on
- Third-party cookies – come from other websites that might be linked to the website you are visiting
Please note that cookies cause no harm to your computer or browser, and they don’t store any information that might personally identify you.
To get a quote or buy a policy from our website you have to enable cookies in your browser. However if all you want to do is have a look round then you can always block your computer from registering our cookies.
The cookies we use don’t store sensitive or personal data about you (such as your name, address or how you pay for your policy). Our cookies are created just to remember any preferences you have and help us to collect anonymous data about the performance of our web pages. If you prefer to block, restrict or delete our cookies you can use your browser for this – see section 4 below for some handy hints on how to do this.
We’ve listed some of the variety of cookies we use and why we use them:
- Strictly necessary:
These are essential for you to use our website properly. If you blocked these then you wouldn’t get the best out of our website and wouldn’t be able to get a quote or buy a policy
We collect information about how you and others use our website including how long you stay on a page, what you click on when you’re there and any error messages that come up. We don’t collect any information that can identify you – it’s all anonymous and only used to improve our website.
These help us remember the choices you make and then provide more personal features. Going forward, as we improve the website, they may allow you to access other services and information such as video or LiveChat. Again this is all anonymous.
- Third Party:
You might see some cookies not related to us after you visit our website. As we improve our website we might use external services like YouTube to show you information. To do this these types of website have to send you cookies. We have no control over these cookies but you can always go to the website for the provider to see how they manage their cookies.
- Sharing via social networks:
If you share content from Drive like a Girl with people you know on social media you might be sent cookies from those sites as well.
4. How to manage cookies on your browser
You can restrict or block cookies at any time, but remember if you do you may not be able to get a quote or purchase a policy from us.
All web browsers allow you to block either all or just third party cookies. You should also be able to set your browser to block or allow cookies from only the websites you want, or from all websites.
All browsers provide quick solutions to delete cookies and some can even delete cookies when you close the browser, if you tell them to.
You can find out more about managing cookies in your browser of choice by visiting one of the pages below: