Cookie policy

Also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies, cookies are small, often encrypted text files, located in browser directories. They are used by us to help our users navigate this website efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing usability and site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain parts of this website.

SSP knows how important your data is, protecting data is paramount to our operations. This means that any cookies used on our sites will not contain personally identifiable information about you, unless the information has been knowingly and willingly provided by you. However, we do use cookies on our websites to help enrich your user experience, so we’d like to explain more about how and why we use them.

Cookies make our websites work for you

Cookies are small text files placed on your computer by websites or sometimes by emails. They provide useful information to companies, which help in all sorts of ways. For you, it means you can use the site more efficiently and save time by not having to re-enter your details each time you visit. They also make sure you receive the most relevant information from SSP. For us, cookies help us to analyse how our customers interact with our sites so we can make improvements and provide content that you want to access.

We use two types of cookies on our websites

  • Session cookies that are deleted after each visit.
  • Persistent cookies that remain in place across multiple visits to our sites.

Some of these cookies are essential and some are optional.

Some cookies are essential

Certain cookies are necessary in order for you to use our websites. These are used ‘in-session’ each time you visit and then expire when you leave the site. They’re not stored on your computer and they don’t contain any personal data. However, you can delete them via your browser if you wish to, but this will restrict the functions that you’re able to carry out on our sites. For more information about how to disable cookies in your browser please visit the About cookies website.

Here’s a list of essential cookies and how we use them:
Session cookies These enable you to carry out some essential functions on our sites, such as maintaining log in details for the session or a transaction. They also help by minimising the need to transfer information across the internet. They are not stored on your computer and they expire when you terminate your browser session.
Tracking cookies These enable us to recognise repeat visitors to the site. By matching an anonymous, randomly generated identifier, we’re able to record specific browsing information such as how you arrive at the site, the pages you view, options you select, and the path you take through the site. By monitoring this information we’re able to make improvements to our sites.We use Google Analytics software to analyse page use, page interactions and the routes our customers take through our sites. These are known as ‘web metrics’. We don’t record any personal information during your visit unless the information has been knowingly and willingly provided by you.
Persistent cookies A persistent cookie is one that remains on your machine past the point of session expiration. It is stored on disk and is used for us to remember you between visits. Usually persistent cookies are created by setting an expiration date on the cookie, so that the browser doesn’t remove it until the cookie is set to expire.

You can accept or block cookies

You can block any cookies from any website through your browser settings. For more information about how to disable cookies in your browser please visit the About cookies website.

If you share the use of a computer, accepting or rejecting the use of cookies will affect all users of that computer

Flash cookies

These cookies make it quicker and easier for you to access sites on subsequent visits that use Flash technology. Deleting them means you may have to re-enter information each time you visit the same site. But just like any cookie, you can delete Flash cookies by going to the Settings Manager for your Adobe Flash Player. You will be taken to the Adobe website, which lists the websites with the cookies in your browser. Just click Delete opposite the relevant website.

Find out more

To find more information about cookies visit www.allaboutcookies.org, which gives details on how to delete cookies from your computer. For information on how to do this on your mobile phone browser, please see your handset manual.