Cookie Policy

Cookies and how they benefit you

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites. They allow us to identify you and record information about how you use our site.

If you have any questions about the following information please contact membership@ism.org

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do within the fees we charge)

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information without your express permission
  • Collect any sensitive information without your express permission
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our cookies

Website function cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Remembering your search settings
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site

If you do turn off Cookies then your browsing experience will be restricted, you won't be able to add comments or save searches.

We also use cookies to determine whether you are logged in (as a member) or not. If you turn off cookies you won’t be able to access certain areas of the site or perform certain functions.

Social website cookies

So you can easily “Like” or share our content on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are currently set by:

  • ShareThis - provide us with lots of sharing buttons all in one neat package, you can find their privacy policy here
  • Twitter - we embed feeds from Twitter on this site. Twitter may use cookies to better understand how you interact with their services, to monitor aggregate usage by Twitter users and web traffic routing to their services. For more information, visit Twitter’s Privacy Policy

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous visitor statistics cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analytics” programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

We use:

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit - https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Turning cookies off

Most web browsers allow you to control the cookies stored on your computer through your browser’s settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been stored and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/

Other concerns

It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called "spyware" or invasive cookies that collect data that you would not want to share.

Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. There are dozens of anti-spyware and anti-virus software programs, you can find a list of some here.

The cookie information above was compiled using the Attacat Cookie Audit tool.

Additional information

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