A cookie is a piece of text that a website transfers onto your computer or other browsing equipment, so that the website can remember who you are. It will typically contain the name of the website from which the cookie has come, the lifetime of the cookie and a value. It does not give us access to the rest of your computer or portable media, and only the site that created the cookie can read it. Our cookies cannot be used by themselves to make you personally identifiable but they make the interaction between you and our websites faster and easier.
Please note that none of the cookies on our website can cause harm to your computer and no personally identifiable data is stored within them.
Currently we employ an ‘implied consent’ policy which means that we assume that you are happy with the usage of cookies. If you are not happy with this, you should either delete S3 cookies after using our website or use your browser’s anonymous browsing settings (called “Incognito” in Chrome, “InPrivate” for Internet Explorer, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari etc.)
While it is your choice to decide to disable cookies on our website, please note that the features named below may not be able to function correctly and may cause a negative effect on your experience while using our website.
What sort of cookies does S3 use?
The cookies used on the S3 website fall into the following categories:
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to ensure contact forms and event registration forms function correctly. If a visitor opts to disable cookies, they may not be able to register for some of our events or contact us via our forms.
S3 use functionality cookies to enhance services, such as allowing users to watch a video, listen to audio and to track the usage of our website.
First Party cookies
S3 use Google Analytics to track website visitor behaviour and statistics such as number of site visits, as well as to identify effective and popular content and develop ways to improve the website’s content and user experience.
Third Party cookies
S3 also use and allow third parties to serve cookies on our website.
We use email marketing software analytics to track our contacts across the S3 website when they visit, having clicked on a marketing email we have sent to them.
We also use Youtube and Soundcloud on the website to embed a number of videos and audio files, including interviews and podcasts.
We use Google Maps embeds on the contact page of our website, as well as for venue information on event landing pages.
We also use social sharing buttons within the News & Opinion section of the site, these allow readers to tweet, share and like posts on our blog and news pages.
All of the above serve cookies on the S3 website, we do not control the settings of third party cookies, so it is recommended that you check the relevant websites for further information on these cookies.
Tracking users who open our emails
S3 use email marketing software to track whether users open our marketing emails. Our emails may contain a campaign unique “web beacon pixel” to let us know when they are opened and to allow us to verify and see clicks through to links within the email.
We may use this information to assess which of our emails are most interesting to users and to identify users who do not open our emails. The pixel is deleted when the email is deleted.
If you do not want the pixel to be downloaded to your device, you should choose to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML, you can do this via the unsubscribe/update your details link in the footer of any email we send to you.