EU Cookie Law Compliance

Why our web site uses cookies

Personal information: ICON does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

Analytics: We use site tracking to monitor visitor traffic patterns and site use. This helps us design our Website. To do this our website analytic provider Google Analytics sets cookies to determine the number of visitors to the website and usage.

Internet tools: We use other companies’ internet tools to enhance our website. For example we include links to, and integrate into our web site our YouTube, Blogger, Facebook, and Twitter accounts as well as Google maps. All these set their own cookies which are controlled by them.

HTML emails: If you receive the HTML-formatted version of a newsletter, Channel announcements , or PR email your opening of the email is notified to us and saved. Your clicks on links in these e-documents are also saved. The click information and the open statistics are used in aggregate form to give us an indication of the popularity of the content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file of information placed on your device ( your computer or mobile phone) by a web site. Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally. A cookie often includes a randomly generated number which is stored on your device. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using the web site.

Cookie information is used to enhance a web site and improve the web site service by, for example.

  • Counting how many people use the web site, so it can be made easier to use
  • Aalysing anonymised data to understand how people use the web site so it can be improved
  • Integrating on the web site other companies internet tools sa as to enhance the web site
  • Recognising a username & password has been given so visitors don’t need to provide them again

Restricting the use of cookies

Restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our web site.

Browser: If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by web sites you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Other help: Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as some general information about cookies.

Mobile phone: For information on how to restrict cookies on the browser of your mobile device you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To view your cookie code, click on a cookie to open it. You will see a string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

Types of cookies

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using our web site.:

First party cookies: These are cookies which are used to provide information about usage of our site. Our web site analytic provider, Google Analytics, sets these cookies to help determine the number of visitors to the web site.

Third party cookies:
These are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we use to enhance our web site. For example Facebook and Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them. Our web site does not control the dissemination of such cookies. You should check the third party web sites for more information about these. To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our web site, please refer to their web sites for further information.

Cookies used on our web site

Google Analytics Google

Analytics cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information 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 from and pages visited.

YouTube When you view a web page on our site with an embedded YouTube video, YouTube creates at least three cookies (see below). We use YouTube to host video content. We use the YouTube service as a convenience for our visitors, and we use it on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy.

Google Maps Google Maps stores up to four cookies (see below) . We use Google's interactive maps because we believe they provide a helpful way for our visitors to identify how best to travel to us, and on the basis that Google adheres to its privacy policy.

Facebook
A Facebook
plugin on a web sites allows you to quickly 'Like' a Facebook page. A cookie is installed by Facebook, and is used to detect if you are currently logged into Facebook when you visit the web site, as well as if you already - Like' our Facebook page. In future we may use the Facebook "Like Box" plugin to help us market our business using the Facebook Social Network. We would use the plugin as a convenience for our visitors, and on the basis that Facebook adheres to its data use policy. The plugin detects whether you have "Liked" our Facebook page and uses this information to present either a "Like" button or a "You Like this" message with various other associated details from Facebook. If you are not logged in to Facebook, no cookies should be updated. If you are logged in to Facebook, the plugin creates and/or updates a series of third-party cookies. The plugin also uses JavaScript localStorage, creating a key-value pair called FB_templateDataResponse".

Twitter
A Twitter plugin on a web site allows you to quickly follow the official Twitter account. Cookies are installed by Twitter, and are used to detect if you are currently logged into Twitter when you visit our web site, and if you are already following us. In future we may use the Twitter "Follow Button" plugin to help us market our business using Twitter. We would use the plugin as a convenience for our users and on the basis that Twitter adheres to its Privacy Policy The plugin detects whether you are logged in to Twitter when you visit our web site. and uses this information to present either a "Follow" or "You Follow" message with various other details from Twitter. The plugin creates five Third-Party cookies if a visitor accesses the site when not logged into Twitter, and a further cookie if accessed while logged on to Twitter.