1. Introduction

From May 2011 websites are required by law to comply with the EU “Cookie Law” which means that companies must gain the consent of web users before serving them web cookies. We use cookies and similar tools across our websites to improve their performance and enhance your user experience. This policy explains how we do that.

2. What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.

3. How can I control cookies?

If you would like to restrict, block or remove cookies you can also do this through your web browser settings. For more information on cookie settings choose the browser you are using • Chrome • Firefox • Internet Explorer • Opera • Safari • Please note that certain areas of our website can only be accessed by having cookies enabled and you should be aware that disabling cookies may prevent you from accessing some of our content and enjoying the full features of our website.

4. What are “persistent cookies”?

These are stored on your computer until they expire or you remove them. Persistent cookies store your personal preferences such as your language preferences on multi-lingual sites to make subsequent visits easier. They also, for example, remember questions we have asked you previously, such as a request to complete an online survey. A persistent cookie will prevent you from being asked to complete the same survey every time you visit the website.

5. What are “session cookies”?

These are temporary and are deleted as soon as you close your browser.

6. What are “local cookies/first party cookies”?

A “first party cookie” is a small amount of text stored in the user’s computer that is created by the website the user is visiting. By default, first-party cookies are allowed in every web browser.

7. What are “third party cookies”?

A “thirs party cookie” is a small amount of text stored in the user’s computer that is created by a website with a domain name other than the one the user is currently visiting. By default, third-party cookies are often allowed by a web browser; however, they may be blocked, as they are widely used by advertisers to track browsing history.

8. Does www.seastarfestival.comuse cookies and why?

Yes, it does with a main goal of enhancing your user experience.

9. What kind of cookies does www.seastarfestival.comuse and why?

“Session cookies” – they are temporary cookies and are deleted as soon as you close your browser. We use “seesions cookies” in order to enhance your user experience.

“Persistent cookies” – they are stored on your computer until they expire or you remove them. We use persisten cookies in order to understand our user’s habits better so we can improve our website. These information are anonymous.

10. Does this website use “third party cookies”?

It does through several external services which collect limited cookies. We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. Currently we are enabling:

For the purpose of Google AdWords advertising we use cookies which also track your activity on our website. This information helps us increase the effects of our advertisments and cannot harm your privacy in any way. If you wish to disable the Google AdWords cookies, you can do so by visiting this page.

With your permission, our website utilizes the Conversion Tracking Pixel service of Facebook. This way we can follow your actions once you are redirected by clicking on a Facebook ad and we can also keep track of the efficacy of Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes. The data we collect is entirely anonymous. However, the collected data is saved and processed by Facebook in accordance with Facebook’s Data Use Policy found here. Facebook Conversion Tracking also allows Facebook and its partners to show you advertisements on and outside Facebook. In addition, a cookie will be saved onto your computer for these purposes. Please click here if you would like to revoke your permission.

Social media

In order to enhance your internet experience and to make the sharing of content easier, some of the pages on our website may contain tools or applications that are linked to third party social media service providers. Through these tools or applications the social media service provider may set its own cookies on your device. We do not control these cookies and you should check the social media service provider’s website for further details about how they use cookies.

Website traffic

www.seastarfestival.com uses Google Analytics as an analytics service that trakcs down and reports website traffic. I