BOS Aerospace puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.
Cookies are used to:
- To measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
- To improve how our website works
- Review our functionality via third-party cookies
Different Types of Cookies:
Session Cookies: Stored on a particular website, but only for the visit duration
Persistent Cookies: may be stored in the 'cookie file' on your browser for longer periods of time. They may not necessarily disappear straight away, instead, you may need to clear your browser's cache manually depending on the lifetime of the specific cookie.
Third Party Cookies: associated with a different domain or website.
So what exactly do our cookies do, and why do we need them?
As mentioned, most companies use some form of a session cookie to track your movement throughout the website. Webpages don't have a memory, so a user going from page to page will be treated by the website as a new visitor. Session cookies enable the website to track your movement from page to page so you don't get asked for the same information twice.
Session cookies allow you to be recognised within a website so any changes or data selection you do is remembered from page to page.
Our Session cookies are a form of 'persistent' cookies' (see above)
This cookie is placed on our website as another session cookie and helps with the security of the website. Unlike the svSession cookie, when you close the website this cookie disappears off your browser and won't retain any information.
This is probably one of the most important cookies that we have on the website as it protects both us, and you, from malicious activity. This cookie is also named CSRF-Token, Cross-Site Forgery Request, 'one-click attack' or session riding. The cookie is in place to tokenise i.e. the process of substituting a sensitive data element, like your email address, with a non-sensitive equivalent such as the *, referred to as a token, that has no extrinsic or exploitable meaning or value. You will see this in action when you enter your password for your bank or any website that requires a login.
The Google Analytics cookie will recognise and count the number of people who visit our site. It also provides information such as;
How long visitors stay
Where they move to on our site
What pages recieve the most visits
We cannot directly control Google cookie behaviour. This is because it is a third party cookie (see above).
Information retrieved will be delivered to a Google Analytics account (another website), not to ours, however, we are specifically required to provide you with the following information regarding Google Analytics:
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (Google). Google Analytics uses 'cookies' or text files placed on your computer, they help a website analyse how users use the site.
Information generated by the cookie about using our website (including your IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.
Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators, and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.
In turn, Google may also transmit this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.
Importantly, Google will not associate your IP address with any other data help by Google.
You may refuse the cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.
By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and purposes set out above.