What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are stored on your device when you visit a website. Cookies are read by the originating website on each subsequent visit, or by another website that recognises the cookie.
The purpose of cookies is to make websites work most effectively for you as the user, by allowing website functionality and providing information to the website’s owners. Examples of website cookie use include:
What types of cookies are there?
Cookies can be broken down into two main types: first-party and third-party.
Each cookie will be either a persistent cookie or a session cookie.
Cookies can also be broken down into categories, according to their purpose. The cookies that are used on Towergate websites are based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide for cookie categories:
Cookies used on towergateinsurance.co.uk, by category
When you visit a Towergate website, we download a “cookie” to your computer. A cookie identifies your computer (by what is known as an IP address) to our server.
Cookies on Towergate websites collect information about how you are accessing and browsing them, such as the device and browser you are using and the IP address your device is accessing the internet from. The cookie enables us to retain your profile as you navigate our website, and prevents the need to re-collect information about you or your desired purchases.
Disabling session cookies will affect the performance and functionality of the website and disabling other cookies may also have an adverse impact on functionality.
What third-party cookies do you use?
These cookies do not allow us access to your accounts or provide us with any confidential information relating to your accounts. They do allow us to provide you with appropriate marketing ads via these social media channels.
Anonymous and pseudonymous cookie data
Most data stored by cookies placed by Towergate websites is anonymous, but there may be some occasions when, in order to provide the best website functionality, information is recorded in cookies that relate to you. This ‘pseudonymous’ information, however, is stored separately and securely on our systems, so that the data cannot be attributed to you.
We believe in protecting the personal information that you provide us with: see our fair processing notice for more information.
How do I accept cookies?
If you are happy with this, you can select ‘Accept all’ cookies or alternatively you can choose your own cookie preference from the options presented for all except strictly necessary cookies.
If you change your mind at any point, you can reselect your cookie preferences by clicking on the link labelled ‘Cookie settings’ which appears at the bottom of each website page.
How do I manage cookies?
If you do not wish to have cookies stored when you visit Towergate’s websites, you can adjust the settings of the browser you are setting.
Please note, however, that if you turn off your cookies it may make browsing Towergate’s websites much slower, and will affect performance and functionality. In particular, you will not be able to purchase products or request quotes online as the functionality for these require cookies that fall under the ‘strictly necessary’ cookies.
Guides on how to manage cookies for common browsers are linked below: