UK Law requires all websites to get prior consent from users for storing cookies on their devices. It mandates that websites should only store cookies once they have received the opt-in consent from the user, and otherwise block the cookies from loading. Please find our cookie policy clearly outlined below.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us to analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website to best tailor it to customer needs. We use this information for statistical analysis purposes, and then the data is removed from the system. We also use this to periodically show adverts to you promoting Matthew Douglas as you browse other websites.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Further information about the use of our cookies

Cookies usually fit in one of the four below categories:

Session cookies (essential)

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. They do not gather any information about you that could be used for marketing, and do not remember where you’ve been on the internet. We are not required to get consent for these.

They last for one ‘session’ and expire when you leave the website, or close the browser. Cookies that fall into this category include shopping cart cookies, access to protected areas of a website, and remembering previously entered text so it’s not lost if the page refreshes.

Performance cookies

Performance cookies store anonymous information only, and therefore cannot be used to identify you. We are required to get your consent to the use of performance cookies.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device. Performance cookies can be deleted from your browser history at any point before their expiry time. Cookies that fall into this category are analytics, advertising and pay per click.

Functionality cookies

Functionality cookies remember your preferences to personalise your experience on our website. We are required to get consent to the use of these. By using our website, you agree that we can place this type of cookie on your device.

These cookies can be deleted from your browser history at any point before their expiry time. Cookies that fall into this category are: detecting if you have already seen a pop-up to ensure it doesn’t’ get shown to you again, submitting comments, and remembering colours, fonts and page backgrounds. Without them, certain functions of the website may not be able to run properly.

Targeted advertising cookies

Targeted advertising cookies are used to deliver adverts that are more relevant to you and your individual interests. They are also used to limit the number of times that you see an advertisement, as well as to help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.

The information that is stored is not anonymous, and we are required to get your consent to use these cookies. We will ask for consent from you to store these cookies on your device by using either a pop-up, overlay, splash page or header/footer bar. Cookies that fall into this category are those that are collecting information about browser habits to target advertising.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This however may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

We value your privacy

At Matthew Douglas, we value the privacy of our clients. We will inform you about these cookies by our cookie policy page (where you are now), which is a link on every other page of our site, to enable you to see and choose which cookies you wish to allow from us.

Please note that disabling or deleting these cookies may affect the functionality of our website. If a cookie is a targeted advertising cookie, we will always ask for your permission to use it.

We will always endeavour to be as consistent as possible in how we ask for your consent, in order to make the user experience as easy as possible to understand.

If you have any concerns or queries about our privacy policy, please get in touch with our helpful team.

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