Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy describes how we use cookies on our website and it applies to anyone who visits our website.  This policy should be read together with our Privacy Statement and website Legal Notice.

What are Cookies and why do we use them?

Cookies are small text files containing small amounts of information which are stored on your device whenever you visit a website.  We use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our site.  This helps us to better understand how you use our website, remember selections that you have made in previous browsing sessions and to make our website more efficient. 

Cookies which are set by us are called first-party cookies, while third-party cookies, if applicable, are set and used by our approved business partners such as Google Analytics.

Should you choose not to accept certain optional cookies on our website, this will have no adverse effect on your browsing experience on our website.

Categories of Cookies

In the table below we have set out the categories of cookies that we use on our website and what they are used for.  These cookies are either:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential in order for you to move around the website and use its features (for example allowing us to store your cookie preferences).

or

Performance Cookies

These cookies, also known as analytical cookies, are cookies that collect information about how visitors use our website.  Acorn Mortgages uses Google Analytics to track anonymised usage statistics for the website.  This information is used to analyse how frequently people visit the site, how the website is found and which pages are most frequently viewed.  These cookies do not collect information that identify a user of the website and are generally used to improve how a website works.  

Types of Cookies

Cookies have different lifespans and the above categories of cookies can be either:

Session Cookies - these cookies exist only while a user is reading and navigating the website and they are deleted from your device after each visit to our website. 

Persistent Cookies - will remain in place on your device after your visit to our website.  These are used to record information such as how the user came to the website or to record details about the last browsing session on the website. 

Here is a list of the cookies in use on our website:

Service

Cookie Name

Category

Description of purpose

Expiry Date/type

1st Party/ 3rd Party

Site Function

CMSSESSID

Strictly Necessary

Manage and modify the digital content of the site.

Expires at the end of the website visit

1st Party (Acorn Mortgages)

Cookie Preference

OptanonConsent

Strictly Necessary

Used to store the cookie preference you have selected.

6 months

1st Party (Acorn Mortgages)

Cookie Preference

OptionAlertboxClosed

Strictly Necessary

Used to store the cookie preference you have selected

6 months

1st Party (Acorn Mortgages)

Google Analytics - tracking

_ga 

Performance

Use to track website traffic and to distinguish the user.

6 months

1 Party (Acorn Mortgages)

Google Analytics - tracking

_gid

Performance

Used to track website traffic and to distinguish the user.

1 day

1st Party (Acorn Mortgages)

Google Analytics - tracking

_gat

Performance

Used to handle website request rates and controls the amount of data on the site.

1 day

1st Party (Acorn Mortgages)

Google Analytics - tracking

_gat_gtag

Performance

Used to check if the website is tracking Google Analytics. This cookie will always appear as it needs to check if you have opted in or out. It will expire after 1 minute

1 minute

1st Party (Acorn Mortgages)

Enabling/Disabling Cookies

You can click on Manage Cookie Preferences to update or change your cookie preferences at any time.