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 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, DDA UK: https://wwwddauk.org) 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., advertising, interactive content, and analytics). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.
We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Website 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 Website. Third parties serve cookies through our Website 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 Website and the purposes they perform are described below:
Essential website cookies:
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Website and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas.
Analytics and customisation cookies:
These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our Website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customise our Website for you.
– Google Analytics 4: We use Google Analytics 4 to understand how our Website is being used in order to improve the user experience. User data is all anonymous.
– Google Tag Manager: Google Tag Manager is a system we use to manage tags on our website for the purpose of tracking and analytics.
– Microsoft Clarity: Microsoft Clarity is a user behaviour analytics tool that helps us understand how users are interacting with our website.
Social networking cookies:
These cookies are used to enable you to share pages and content that you find interesting on our Website through third party social networking and other websites. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it:
As part of our operations, we may collect data such as usernames, email addresses, names, social media channels, website URLs, and telephone numbers. This data is used to provide our services, communicate with you, and for marketing purposes.
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.
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/](http://www.aboutads.info/choices/) or [http://www.youronlinechoices.com](http://www.youronlinechoices.com).
Where can I get further information?
This policy is effective as of 10/11/2023.