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This page tells you what you need to know about cookies and how they are used on Essential Christian websites. The websites will work without cookies but if you choose to disable cookies you may lose some features and functionality.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.

 

How does Essential Christian use cookies?

Essential Christian’s websites will work without cookies, but you will lose some features and functionality if you choose to disable cookies.

Essential Christian has several websites such as the Spring Harvest site, our Essential Event Management site and Big Start Assemblies. Essential Christian uses cookies to help improve your experience of using our sites. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the websites, for example by storing your preferences. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our websites to provide you with a better user experience.

We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).

 

Cookies which are strictly necessary to run the sites

These include, for example:

Cookies that enable you to stay logged in for an entire visit to a site
Cookies which enable you to add things to a shopping basket and keep them there until you decide to check out

 

Cookies which store your preferences

Functionality cookies record information about choices you’ve made and allow us to tailor the website to you. They allow the site to ‘remember’ you so that your preferences and settings are retained, either through the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.

 

Cookies which help us improve the site

Some cookies help us to see how people are using our sites. These are known as ‘analytics cookies’ or ‘tracking cookies’. They let us know what areas of website content are popular and how people are using the site. This information is anonymous – we don’t collect anything that would identify a user. We use this data to build up a picture of how the site is performing and to inform us where improvements could be made.

We use services such as Google Analytics to help us to analyse how users use the sites. It counts the number of visitors and tells us things about their behaviour overall, such as the typical length of stay on the site or the average number of pages a user views. To enrich our content, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube and Vimeo. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Vimeo, these sites may set a cookie.

Essential Christian’s websites also carry embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular social networks, for example, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. These sites may set a cookie. Essential Christian does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these. A list of these cookies is included in the table below.

 

How to manage cookies

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function in your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, visit aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

Essential Christian’s websites will work without cookies, but you will lose some features and functionality if you choose to disable cookies.

Here is a list of cookies used on the Essential Christian website:

Prefences

Cookie Name Description
Essential Christian notification ad_ec_bar_views Used to determine whether to show Essential Christian parent banner
Moove GDPR opt-in moove_gdpr_popup Stores cookie preferences

 

Marketing

Cookie Name Description
Youtube GPS
PREF
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
YSC
Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.
Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.
Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.
Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.

 

Statistics

Cookie Name Description
Google Analytics _hjIncludedInSample Determines if the user’s navigation should be registered in a certain statistical placeholder.
Hotjar _ga
_gat
_gid
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.

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