Last revised: 29/06/2020
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer when you browse our website. Cookies are harmless and can also be easily viewed and deleted if you wish (see "How to manage cookies").
In general, cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s computer. The most important thing to know about cookies placed by South Coast Studio is that they make our Website a bit more user-friendly, for example, by remembering site preferences and language settings.
Why are cookies used?
Keeping you signed in to your account
Keeping your preferences
To provide you with the service you expect
To understand how you use the website
To monitor and analyse performance in order to improve the website
To understand and improve the impact of our marketing campaigns
For security needs and fraud-protection purposes in order to identify and prevent cyber-attacks
We recommend that you enable cookies in your browsers to enable you to register for an account, sign into your account and customise your experience on our Website.
Which cookies are used, and why?
Our Website uses the following cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies — These cookies are essential for you to browse our Website and use its features, such as logging in to your account and accessing secure areas. These cookies do not gather or store information about you that could be used for marketing or tracking where you have been.
Example of how we use strictly necessary cookies: Allowing you to sign into our Website as a registered user.
Analytics and Performance cookies — These cookies let us understand how you use the Website, including which pages you visited and which links you clicked on, to provide statistics on how our Website is used and identify errors.
Example of how we use analytics and performance cookies: Gathering data about visits to the Website, including the total number of visitors and the pages clicked on.
Information supplied by performance cookies helps us to understand how you use the Website; for example, whether or not you have visited before, what you looked at or clicked on and how you found us. We can then use this data to help improve our services. We generally use independent analytics companies to perform these services for us and when this is the case, these cookies may be set by a third party company (third party cookies). To understand more about the cookies placed by third party advertising providers, please visit www.youronlinechoices.eu.
Advertisement/Marketing cookies — These cookies record your visit to our Website, tracking the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We use this information to make our Website more relevant to your interests and to chart the effectiveness of an ad campaign by tracking users' clicks.
How long do cookies last for?
Depending on their function, cookies may have different durations. The cookies we use for our Website are a combination of:
Session cookies – These cookies are temporary and expire once you close your browser (or once your session ends).
Persistent cookies — This category encompasses all cookies that remain on your hard drive until you erase them or your browser does, depending on the cookie’s expiration date. All persistent cookies have an expiration date written into their code, but their duration can vary. According to the ePrivacy Directive, they should not last longer than 12 months, but in practice some cookies could remain on your device much longer.
How to manage cookies
Cookies can be managed within your browser settings. We highly recommend enabling necessary cookies (also known as essential cookies) to ensure the Website continues to work as expected with core functionality such as security and access to member-secure pages.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the "options" or "preferences" menu on your browser to change settings, and check the following links for more browser-specific information.
To learn how to manage and remove cookies, please go to www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies.
2. Third Party Cookies
South Coast Studio uses third-party software to improve service, monitor website performance, ensure a reliable service and allow us to review and allocate refunds where appropriate. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Stackdriver collects data automatically and continuously, logging the e-mail associated with your User Account to monitor how users interact with the site, and which pages are accessed.
3. External Link Cookies
Any external links (links that navigate away from the South Coast Studio Website), for example to social media pages, may place cookies on your device when you interact with the external website. Those cookies will be governed by the policy held by the external website, not South Coast Studio. We are not responsible for external websites' or other third parties' acts and omissions (including to their cookie and privacy policies).
4. How Do I Control My Cookies?
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete all cookies, and many websites will not work properly or you will lose some functionality. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our Website for these reasons.
It is possible to stop your browser from accepting cookies altogether by changing your browser’s cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser.
The following links may be helpful, or you can use the “Help” option in your browser.