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WHAT ARE ‘COOKIES'?

Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or application. Your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) then sends these cookies back to the website or application on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things like personalised details or user preferences.

Cookies are very useful and do lots of different jobs which help to make your experience on websites as smooth as possible. For example, they let you move between web pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your experience (see below for more examples). They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

They are referred to assession orpersistent cookies, depending on how long they are used:

Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies stay on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie. These persistent cookies are activated each time you visit the site where the cookie was generated.


WHICH COOKIES DO MUSCLE FINESSE USE AND WHY?

When you use our website services, the following 4 categories of cookies may be set on your device:

1. ‘Strictly necessary' cookies

These cookies are essential in helping you to move around our websites and use their features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

Some examples of these essential cookies include:

Remembering previous actions (such as text you've entered in a registration form) when navigating back to a page in the same session.
Identifying you as being signed in to MuscleFinesse.com and keeping you logged in throughout your visit so that you don't need to sign in each and every time you visit.
2. Functional cookies

These cookies allow websites to remember choices you make (such as your username and preferred type of currency) and provide enhanced, more personal features. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised which means we can't identify you personally. They do not gather any information about you that could be used for selling advertising or remembering where you've been on the internet, but do help with serving advertising.

3. Analytics cookies

In order to keep MuscleFinesse.com relevant, easy to use and up-to-date, we use web analytics services to help us understand how people our website. For example, we can see which parts of the our website are most popular, identify when errors occur, and test different versions of a page or feature to see which one works best.

We use Google Analytics for this service. They work by placing small invisible images known as "web beacons" or "tracking pixels" on to all of our pages. These are used to count the number of times something has been seen. These web beacons are anonymous and do not contain or collect any information that identifies you.

The web analytics services may also use cookies and similar technologies to make the information collected by the web beacons more useful. When you are viewing a website, a cookie is transferred to your browser by the web server and is stored on your computer. It can only be read by the server that gave it to you.

Cookies allow web analytics services to recognise your browser or device and, for example, identify how you found us. The information is anonymous and only used for statistical purposes. It allows us to track information, such as how many individual users we have and how often they visit our websites. It also helps us to analyse patterns of user activity and to develop a better user experience. For example, we might see that many people who viewed Programme A also viewed Programme B and we can then recommend Programme B to everyone else who viewed Programme A.

4. Targeting cookies

We also use cookies to assist in targeted advertising in the following ways:

Cookies may be placed on your device by our third party service providers which remember that you have visited a website in order to provide you with targeted adverts which are more relevant to you and your interests. This is often called online behavioural advertising (OBA) (also known as ‘behavioural targeting' or ‘interest based advertising') and is done by grouping together shared interests based upon previous web browsing activity. Advertising may then be displayed to you when you visit Muscle Finesse which matches these interests. Your previous web browsing activity can also be used to infer things about you, such as your demographics (age, gender etc.).
Although these cookies can track your visits around the web they don't know who you are. Even if you sign in to MuscleFinesse.com, the OBA data is still not linked to your profile.

Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests. If you would like more information about OBA, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please visit www.criteo.com.

HOW TO CONTROL YOUR COOKIES

Please remember that Muscle Finesse does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you although, as explained above, we may combine information from your registration with the data we get from the web analytics services we use and their cookies (or similar technologies) to analyse how you and other people use our website in detail. These cookies are set to improve your experience on our websites and to enable you to benefit from specific features and to set preferences.

However, there are various ways that you can control and manage your cookies which are discussed in a bit more detail below.Please remember that any settings you change will not just affect Muscle Finesse cookies. These changes will apply to all websites that you visit (unless you choose to block cookies from particular sites).

Managing cookies in your browser

Most modern browsers will allow you to:

See what cookies you've got and delete them on an individual basis.
Block third party cookies.
Block cookies from particular sites.
Block all cookies from being set.
Delete all cookies when you close your browser.
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies. Ironically, this includes where you have opted out from cookies, as this requires an opt-out cookie to be set. Also, if you block cookies completely many websites will not work properly and some functionality on these websites will not work at all. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using Muscle Finesse for these reasons.

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off separately. This is discussed in more detail below.

The links below take you to the ‘Help' sections for each of the major browsers so that you can find out more about how to manage your cookies.

Internet Explorer

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/196955

Firefox

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Cookies

Google Chrome

http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647

Opera

http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/


Safari

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/5.0/en/9277.html


Safari iOS

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677

Android

http://support.google.com/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=169022


Blackberryhttp://docs.blackberry.com/en/smartphone_users/deliverables/32004/Turn_off_cookies_in_the_browser_60_1072866_11.jsp


Windows Phone

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/web/changing-privacy-and-other-browser-settings.aspx


We have also set out links below to some of the specific partners we work with who set cookies on our websites, and therefore on your computer, each of which have instructions on how to opt out of their cookies.

Criteo


http://www.criteo.com/us/privacy-policy

Please remember that if you choose to opt out of targeted advertising from a specific company or via www.criteo.com, it only applies to the web browser on the device you are using. You will therefore need to follow the same process on every device you use or different web browser that you use to exercise the same choice.

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