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Cookie Policy

Last updated January 07, 2020

This Cookie Policy explains how Blackcircles.com Limited ('Company', 'we', 'us', and 'our') uses cookies and similar technologies to recognize you when you visit our websites at https://www.blackcircles.com, ('Websites'). It explains what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

In some cases we may use cookies to collect personal information, or that becomes personal information if we combine it with other information.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.

Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, Blackcircles.com Limited) are called 'first party cookies'. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called 'third party cookies'. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.

Why do we use cookies?

We use first and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as 'essential' or 'strictly necessary' cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Online Properties. Third parties serve cookies through our Websites for advertising, analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.

The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform are described below (please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific Online Properties you visit):

How can I control cookies?

You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. You can exercise your cookie rights by setting your preferences in the Cookie Consent Manager. The Cookie Consent Manager allows you to select which categories of cookies you accept or reject. Essential cookies cannot be rejected as they are strictly necessary to provide you with services.

The Cookie Consent Manager can be found in the notification banner and on our website. If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our website though your access to some functionality and areas of our website may be restricted. You may also set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse cookies. As the means by which you can refuse cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser-to-browser, you should visit your browser's help menu for more information.

In addition, most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising. If you would like to find out more information, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or http://www.youronlinechoices.com

The specific types of first and third party cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform are described in the table below (please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific Online Properties you visit):

Essential website cookies:

These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Websites and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas.

Name:__tlbcpv
Purpose: Used to record the cookie consent preferences of visitors
Provider: .termly.io
Service: Termly View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 20 years
Name: __tltpl_#
Purpose: Used to record the policies that visitors consent to
Provider: .termly.io
Service: Termly View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 20 years
Name: __tluid
Purpose: Assigns a random ID number to each visitor so that their policy consent and cookie consent preferences can be saved.
Provider: .termly.io
Service: Termly View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 20 years
Name: JSESSIONID
Purpose: Used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server in Java™ 2 Platform Enterprise Edition web applications. It is a necessary cookie that expires at the end of a session.
Provider: .nr-data.net
Service: JavaServer Pages Technologies View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: __________
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: ASP.NET_SessionId
Purpose: Used by Microsoft .NET-based sites to maintain an anonymized user session by the server. This cookie expires at the end of a browsing session which is determined by the application configuration.
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: .NET platform View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: History.store
Purpose: Session Data Storage
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: Storage of Session Data  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: html_session_storage
Expires in: session
Name: SnapABugUserAlias
Purpose: Allows Online live chat system to function
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: SnapEngage View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 12 months 5 days
Name: sc.InTg
Purpose: Tracks any user Errors during sessions for improving service
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: Session Error Tracking  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: SnapABugHistory
Purpose: Online live chat
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: SnapEngage View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 12 months 5 days
Name: SnapABugVisit
Purpose: Online live chat
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: SnapEngage View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: fonts
Purpose: Custom Font Design
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: Custom Font Design  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: html_session_storage
Expires in: session
Name: SnapABugRef
Purpose: Online live chat
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: SnapEngage View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 2 hours
Name: CSRFtoken
Purpose: CRSF Prevention
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: Blackcircles.com View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: server_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: cookies-enabled
Purpose: Indicate whether cookies enabled
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: Blackcircles.com View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session

Performance and functionality cookies:

These cookies are used to enhance the performance and functionality of our Websites but are non-essential to their use. However, without these cookies, certain functionality (like videos) may become unavailable.

Name: MR
Purpose: Microsoft MSN cookie. Used to measure the use of the website for internal analytics.
Provider: .bat.bing.com
Service: Microsoft View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 6 months

Analytics and customization cookies:

These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our Websites are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our Websites for you.

Name:NID
Purpose: Set by Google to set a unique user ID to remember user preferences. Persistent cookie that stays for 182 days
Provider: .google.com
Service: Google View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 6 months 3 days
Name: __utmt#
Purpose: Used to control the speed of requests to the website’s server. Expires after the session and is a HTTP type cookie.
Provider: .blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 10 minutes
Name: __utmt#
Purpose: Used to control the speed of requests to the website’s server. Expires after the session and is a HTTP type cookie.
Provider: .news.blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 10 minutes
Name: MUID
Purpose: Sets a unique user id for tracking how the user uses the site. Persistent cookie that is saved for 3 years
Provider: .bing.com
Service: Bing Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 1 year 24 days
Name: sc.ASP.NET_SESSIONID
Purpose: Used to enhance the customer experience analytics. It is associated with SessionCam web analytic application. It expires at the end of a session.
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: SessionCam View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: __utmz#
Purpose: Uses Google Analytics to gather location details for the website visitors, the clicked link, the search term, and the search engine that was used. This cookie is a HTTP type that lasts for 6 months.
Provider: .blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 6 months 2 days
Name: #__utm.gif
Purpose: Logs the details about the visitor’s computer and browser using Google Analytics Tracking Code. The cookie is a pixel tracker type and is only active during the browsing session.
Provider: news.blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: __utma#
Purpose: Used by Google Analytics to record the number of times a visitor accessed the website as well as the dates for the first and recent visit. It is a HTTP cookie and expires in 2 years.
Provider: .news.blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 1 year 12 months 4 days
Name: __utmc#
Purpose: The cookie registers the timestamp a user leaves a website to help calculate the duration of time spent on it using Google Analytics. The cookie activity lasts during the browsing session. It is a HTTP cookie type.
Provider: .news.blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: MUIDB
Purpose: Used by Bing Analytics to sets a unique user id for tracking how the user uses the site. Persistent cookie that is saved for 3 years.
Provider: bat.bing.com
Service: Bing Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 1 year 24 days
Name: __utmb#
Purpose: Used by Google analytics to compute the duration a website is visited using the exact time that a user accesses a website. This is a HTTP cookie that expires after the session.
Provider: .news.blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 30 minutes
Name: __utmc#
Purpose: The cookie registers the timestamp a user leaves a website to help calculate the duration of time spent on it using Google Analytics. The cookie activity lasts during the browsing session. It is a HTTP cookie type.
Provider: .blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: _hjIncludedInSample or _hjid
Purpose: This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate Heatmaps, Funnels, Recordings, etc.
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: Hotjar View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: __utmb#
Purpose: Used by Google analytics to compute the duration a website is visited using the exact time that a user accesses a website. This is a HTTP cookie that expires after the session.
Provider: .blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 30 minutes
Name: __utmz#
Purpose: Uses Google Analytics to gather location details for the website visitors, the clicked link, the search term, and the search engine that was used. This cookie is a HTTP type that lasts for 6 months.
Provider: .news.blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 6 months 2 days
Name: __utma#
Purpose: Used by Google Analytics to record the number of times a visitor accessed the website as well as the dates for the first and recent visit. It is a HTTP cookie and expires in 2 years.
Provider: .blackcircles.com
Service: Google Analytics View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 1 year 12 months 4 days

Advertising cookies:

These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you. They perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensuring that ads are properly displayed for advertisers, and in some cases selecting advertisements that are based on your interests.

Name:tr/
Purpose: Facebook tracking pixel used to identify visitors for personalized advertising.
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: Facebook View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: Ireland
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: test_cookie
Purpose: A session cookie used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.
Provider: .doubleclick.net
Service: DoubleClick View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 15 minutes
Name: a
Purpose: Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads.
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: Cox Digital Solutions (Fomerly Adify) View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: _fbp
Purpose: Facebook tracking pixel used to identify visitors for personalized advertising.
Provider: .blackcircles.com
Service: Facebook View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United Kingdom
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 3 months
Name: ga-audiences
Purpose: Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor's online behaviour across websites
Provider: www.blackcircles.com
Service: AdWords View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: session
Name: fr
Purpose: Used by Facebook to collect a unique browser and user ID, used for targeted advertising.
Provider: .facebook.com
Service: Facebook View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: Ireland
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 3 months
Name: IDE
Purpose: Used to measure the conversion rate of ads presented to the user. Expires in 1.5 years.
Provider: .doubleclick.net
Service: DoubleClick View Service Privacy Policy  
Country: United States
Type: http_cookie
Expires in: 1 year 12 months 4 days
Name: tfw_exp
Purpose: Twitter Tracking
Provider: .twitter.com
Service: Twitter Tracking  
Country: United States
Type: server_cookie
Expires in: 1 day

What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?

Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a website. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called "tracking pixels" or "clear gifs"). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognize when someone has visited our Websites or opened an e-mail including them. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within a website to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to the website from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.

Do you use Flash cookies or Local Shared Objects?

Websites may also use so-called "Flash Cookies" (also known as Local Shared Objects or "LSOs") to, among other things, collect and store information about your use of our services, fraud prevention and for other site operations.

If you do not want Flash Cookies stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash Cookies storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel . You can also control Flash Cookies by going to the Global Storage Settings Panel and following the instructions (which may include instructions that explain, for example, how to delete existing Flash Cookies (referred to "information" on the Macromedia site), how to prevent Flash LSOs from being placed on your computer without your being asked, and (for Flash Player 8 and later) how to block Flash Cookies that are not being delivered by the operator of the page you are on at the time).

Please note that setting the Flash Player to restrict or limit acceptance of Flash Cookies may reduce or impede the functionality of some Flash applications, including, potentially, Flash applications used in connection with our services or online content.

Do you serve targeted advertising?

Third parties may serve cookies on your computer or mobile device to serve advertising through our Websites. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you may be interested in. They may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements. This can be accomplished by them using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable us or them to identify your name, contact details or other details that directly identify you unless you choose to provide these.

How often will you update this Cookie Policy?

We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. Please therefore re-visit this Cookie Policy regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies.

The date at the top of this Cookie Policy indicates when it was last updated.

Manage your Cookie preferences

In accordance with GDPR, you can change your cookie preferences at any time using the button below.

Where can I get further information?

If you have any questions about our use of cookies or other technologies, please email us at [email protected] or by post to:

Blackcircles.com Limited 1 Tanfield
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 5DA
United Kingdom
Phone: (+44)131 297 3525