What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored by your browser onto your computer or other internet enabled devices, such as a smartphone or tablet when you visit the BestQuote website. They are widely used to make websites work in a better and more efficient way. They can do this because websites can read and write these files, enabling them to recognize you and remember important information that you will make use of, thus making a website more convenient (e.g. by remembering your user preferences) and provide you with a more secure online experience. Cookies generally do not hold any information to identify an individual person, but are instead used to identify a browser on an individual machine. Cookies can be referred to as session cookies or persistent cookies, depending on how long they are used:
Types of Cookies
Cookies also have, broadly speaking, four different functions and can be categorised as follows: ‘necessary’ cookies, ‘performance’ cookies, ‘functionality’ cookies and ‘targeting’ or ‘advertising’ cookies.Necessary cookies – These cookies are essential to enable a user navigate around a website and use its features. Without them, you would not be able to use basic services like registration or getting an insurance quote. Necessary cookies allow you to sign in to the BestQuote website as a registered user. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.Performance cookies – These cookies help us understand how visitors interact with our websites by providing information about the sections visited, the time spent on the website, and any issues encountered, such as error messages. Performance cookies collect anonymous data for statistical purposes on how visitors use a website. They don’t contain personal information, and are used to improve your user experience of a website.Functionality cookies – Functionality cookies allow a website to remember the choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and to provide enhanced and more personal features. They also remember changes you have made, such as customising a certain webpage, and for other services you request such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. Functionality cookies will not track your activity on other websites.Targeting cookies – These cookies are used to deliver content that is more relevant to you and your interests. They may be used to deliver targeted advertising or to limit the number of times you see an advertisement. They also help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on BestQuote websites. We may use these cookies to remember websites you have visited and we may share this information with other parties, including advertisers and our agencies.
Third Party Cookies
In some cases, we may use third parties to manage our cookies but we do not allow any third party to use these cookies other than for the purposes listed in this policy. Third party advertisers and other organisations may also use their own cookies or other technologies to collect information about the content of our website and/or the advertisements you have clicked on. This information may be used by them to serve advertisements which they believe are most likely to be of interest to you based on content you have viewed. Third party advertisers may also use this information to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements. We do not have access or control over the cookies placed on our website by third parties and use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies. We recommend that you review the privacy policies of each of our third parties.
When you send email or other communications to BestQuote, we may retain those communications to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.
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By continuing to use our site, you agree to the placement of cookies on your device. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be.