What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. WCA uses the term "cookies" in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
Cookies can help WCA to remember your username and preferences and analyse how well the WCA website is performing.
Certain cookies contain personal information - for example, if you click "remember me" when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won't collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use the WCA website, or a user's general location.
What cookies does WCA use?
WCA use a number of cookies for the following functions:
1. Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of the WCA website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify Members and ensure they can access the Members' area pages. If a user opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that they may be entitled to.
2. Performance Cookies
WCA uses other cookies to analyse how visitors use our website and to monitor website performance. This allows WCA to provide a high quality experience by quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, WCA might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages.
3. Functionality Cookies
Functionality cookies are used to allow WCA to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site (Members only).
Like many companies, WCA uses Google Analytics to help monitor website traffic. We may also use third party cookies to help us with market research (in online polls or surveys), revenue tracking, improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with our terms and conditions and copyright policy.
Can a website user block cookies?
Cookies help you to get the most out of the WCA website.
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website may not work properly.
This document was last updated on 29 May 2012.