What are cookies?

The Overcoming MS website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or device when you browse websites. Cookies contain an identifying number or code that allows your computer or device to be recognized when you return to that same website.

Why do websites need cookies?

Cookies are needed to:

  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Allow you to log-in automatically or for your details to be remembered (only with your permission)
  • Improve website speed
  • Process website payments, ticket bookings, donations and other similar payment-related functions
  • Ensure your personal details are securely processed
  • Support interactive elements of a website such as video and audio content
  • Allow you to share pages on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter
  • Analyze performance criteria such as number of users, page views and visits in order to continuously improve the services offered
  • Monitor and tailor marketing and fundraising campaigns

If the settings on the browser that you are using to view this website are adjusted to accept Cookies, we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are OK with our use of Cookies. Should you opt to disable some or all cookies, we are unable to guarantee that our websites will operate.

What cookies does Overcoming MS use?

Overcoming MS uses several types of cookies to ensure our website functions properly, that we can manage our website’s performance and that we can offer the best possible service to our community. We have broken down the cookies we use by type:

Strictly necessary cookies

What are they?

Some cookies are necessary for the website to function. Without cookies, certain areas or aspects of our website would not work. These include:

  • Remembering actions (auto-completing text on website forms, the number of event tickets you want to purchase, the amount you wish to donate, etc)
  • Enabling you to log-in to our website (My Overcoming MS and forums)
  • Processing the information you submit through our contact forms securely
  • To direct you to specific versions of the site based on your device or other aspects (eg: serve you the mobile version of our site if you are using a mobile device
  • Ensuring adequate website speed and processing is maintained

We do not use cookies which:

  • Gather information that could be used for marketing to the user
  • Remember customer preferences or user IDs outside a single session (unless the user has requested this function).

Which ones do we use?

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  • ___cfduid

Performance Cookies

What are they?

These cookies are only used to monitor and improve our website performance and monitor any errors occurring on the website.

Which ones do we use?

  • Google Analytics: _ga and _gid

Functionality Cookies

What are they?

These cookies remember the choices you make and offer enhanced or personalized functionality, including:

  • Remembering your username
  • Enabling you to comment on our website
  • Enabling you to post content directly to social media
  • Enabling you to view video and interactive content

Which ones do we use?

  • WP Social Sharing

Targeting/advertising cookies

What are they?

These cookies are used to monitor the efficacy and improve the performance of advertising campaigns.

Which ones do we use?

  • Facebook: Act, c_user, datr, dpr, fr, presence, sb, xs, wd

Managing Cookies

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so may limit the functionality of our website, as well as other websites, given the wide use of cookies. Internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox will allow some control over most cookies through their settings. You will need to review the settings of your browser software to identify what cookies are on your device and how to remove them. For more information, follow the links below:

By continuing to use our website you will have been deemed to have agreed to our use of cookies subject to any preferences you may have indicated to us or any overriding browser settings you may have. For more information on privacy, please view our privacy policy. Last updated on May 24, 2018