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 as session or persistent 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.
What do we mean by 'similar technologies'?
We also use something called "local storage", which is a technology that is similar to cookies and performs very similar functions, such as caching data to enable us to improve our websites/apps, allowing you to register as an All 4 user, tracking activity to enable us and our advertisers to advertise to you in accordance with this policy and counting the number of people who view programmes/adverts on our platforms. Like cookies, local storage will either be for a session or persistent.
Local storage is often used as an alternative to cookies on devices which you use to access and use our Services. The devices that we use local storage are:
Amazon Fire devices, Android devices, Apple iOS devices, Chromecast, Freeview Play, Now TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Roku, Samsung, Windows 8 & 10, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Your view.
Where we refer to “cookies” in this policy, we mean cookies or similar technologies.
When you use one of our site or services either on a web browser or a device, the following 4 categories of cookies may be set:
1. ‘Strictly necessary' cookies
These cookies are essential in helping you to move around our website and app and to use their features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.
2. Functional cookies
These cookies allow websites and applications to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. They can also help us to display our advertisements and control how often an advertisement is shown to you, how long it is shown for and how often it will appear (these are commonly known as "ad-serving" or "ad delivery" cookies). Whilst these cookies don't collect things like your name or email address, they do collect a unique user identifier code. This enables us to identify your device so that we can improve your experience and make sure your settings are remembered correctly.
Remembering if we've already asked you if you want to fill in a survey or if you've completed a survey, so you're not asked to do it again.
Remembering if you've been to the site before so that messages intended for first-time users are not displayed to you.
Restricting the number of times you're shown a particular advertisement. This is sometimes called ‘frequency capping'.
Working out when to show you advertisements on any of the viewing services so that you don't get shown too many.
Making sure you get shown advertisements that are part of a sequence in the correct order.
3. Analytics cookies
Again, these cookies do not identify you directly as they do not collect information such as your name or email address. However, the information collected by these cookies will be linked to a unique user identifier code. This is a random sequence of numbers and letters which we can use to link information collected by the cookies back to you without the cookies collecting your name or email address. This allows us to use the information collected by the cookies to understand more about your viewing habits and your interests so that we can make our advertising and marketing more relevant to you.
4. Third party cookies
All the cookies described so far in this policy are "first party cookies", which means they are set and controlled by HEKATE FIlm Works. Occasionally, third parties may set cookies on our Services which HEKATE FIlm Works does not control. These are called "third-party cookies". This may happen in the following circumstances:
Embedded content: On some pages of our websites we may include embedded content, for example from YouTube. When you visit a page with embedded content, the service provider (for example, YouTube) may set its own cookies on your web browser to track the success of their application or to customise their application to you.
HEKATE FIlm Works does not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them, as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.
How to control your cookies
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 HEKATE FIlm Works cookies. These changes will apply to all websites that you visit (unless you choose to block cookies from particular sites). The settings you change will also only apply to the device on which you change them and will not apply across all your devices. If you want to opt out of cookies on all your devices, you will need to change the settings on all your devices individually.
Managing cookies in your browser
Most modern browsers will allow you to:
See what cookies you've got and deleted them on an individual basis.
Block third-party cookies.
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 all cookies. Ironically, this includes where you have opted out from cookies, as this requires an opt-out cookie to be set. This means that if you opt out from cookies and then delete all cookies, your opt-out will not be saved and you will need to opt out again (which will store a strictly necessary cookie so that your device can remember that you have opted out).
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 our Services for these reasons.
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.