What is a cookie?
A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user’s hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a website. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user’s identification card, which tells a website when the user has returned.

What is the purpose of cookies?
Cookies make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a website to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user’s preferences or registration details for a future visit.

Websites use cookies mainly because they save time and make the browsing experience more efficient and enjoyable. Websites often use cookies for the purposes of collecting demographic information about their users.

Cookies enable websites to monitor their users’ web surfing habits and profile them for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in and send them targeted advertisements).

Are cookies dangerous?
No. Cookies are small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can’t be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to disseminate viruses, and all modern browsers allow users to set their own limitations to the number of cookies saved on their hard drives.

Can cookies threaten users’ privacy?
Cookies are stored on the computer’s hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive – so a cookie can’t read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user’s e-mail address etc. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain website.

How we use cookies
Great Commission uses cookies to determine how our website visitors use the site and to enable some features to function, such as searches and video players.

It is possible for you to sign up and become a registered user of the Great Commission website. We may use cookies to remember your user login details. This is to ensure that you are able to access certain special elements of the website that are only for users who are subscribed.

When you register with Great Commission or get in touch with us, cookies may be used so that we can remember your login details for any future correspondence.

In general, we use cookies to optimise your experience on the Great Commission website. This involves remembering your preferences and how you’ve used the site in the past, therefore making your on-going experience of the website as effective as possible.

Third party cookies
The Great Commission website uses some third party cookies. This section gives you an overview of some of the third party cookies you will encounter through this site.

This site uses Google Analytics, which uses cookies to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.

We use Vimeo for the majority of our video content. These cookies are set when a visitor opens a page with a Vimeo video embedded into the page and interacts with the video (eg sets the volume, makes the video full screen or switches to HD).

For more information on Vimeo cookies, see the official Vimeo privacy page.

We use issuu.com to allow you to view digital booklets, brochures or leaflets on the Great Commission website. These cookies may be set when a visitor opens a page with an Issuu document embedded into the page.

For more information on Issuu cookies, see the official Issuu privacy page.

It is also possible to share content on the Great Commission site through social media. To ensure these sharable links work, the following social media sites will set cookies through the Great Commission site: Facebook and Twitter. These cookies may be used to improve your profile on their own site or further add to the data they hold for their own purposes, as outlined in their respective privacy policies.

More information
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you.

For more information about cookies, including instructions on deleting and controlling cookies, visit: www.aboutcookies.org

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.