Cookie Policy

Like many websites, Club Matters places small data files known as cookies on your computer.

This page contains information on what ‘cookies’ are, what they do, the cookies used by Club Matters and some useful links for further reading on how to manage cookies in your browser and how to specifically disable third party cookies.

What is in a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website.

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 you and things like your preferences, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

What does a cookie do?
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, if you need to enter your login details and then move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Types of cookies

Session Cookies:
These are temporary Cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site. This information is not stored after you have left the site.

Persistent cookies:
These remain in the Cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie but this may be indefinitely or until deleted).

Are cookies dangerous?
No. Cookies are small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can’t be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to disseminate viruses, and modern browsers allow users to set their own limitations to the number of cookies saved on their hard drives.

Managing your cookies
Club Matters will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by the Club Matters website or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org
This site contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers.

You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may cause Club Matters and other websites to work incorrectly.

How Club Matters uses cookies
During the course of any visit to the Club Matters website, the pages you see, along with cookies, are downloaded to your device. Many websites do this, because cookies enable website publishers to do useful things like find out whether the device (and probably its user) has visited the website before. This is done on a repeat visit by examining any cookie left there on the last visit.

What cookies do Club Matters use?

Club Matters uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.

Cookies set by Google Analytics

Cookie name Purpose Expires
__utma This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to this site. 2 years.
__utmb,

__utmc

These cookies work together to calculate the average length of time users spend on this site. __utmb 30 minutes, __utmc when you close the browser.
__utmz This cookie records information about how the page was reached (for example via a search engine result or a direct link) 6 months.

These cookies are used to collect information in an anonymous form and compile a statistics report about how visitors use Club Matters.

This information is used by Club Matters to help improve your browsing experience of the site and to assist in search engine optimisation.

This data DOES NOT include any personalised identification information of visitors.

Types of information collected
Visitors to this website who have JavaScript enabled are tracked using Google Analytics.
Google Analytics collects the following types of information from users:
Type of user agent (web browser) used, software manufacture and version number.
Type of operating system
Screen colours (colour processing ability of the users screen)
JavaScript support
Flash version
Screen resolution
Network location and IP address
Can include country, city, state, region, county, or any other geographic data.
Hostname
Bandwidth (internet connection speed)
Time of visit
Pages visited
Time spent on each page of the website
Referring site statistics

For more information see Google’s privacy policy at: www.google.com/privacypolicy.html
To Opt-out of Google Analytics cookies. Opt out

Links to other websites
This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. You are encouraged to read the cookie and privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

By using the Club Matters website, you consent to the use of cookies. If you do not consent, please adjust your cookie settings accordingly.