How Cookies are handled at Creative Freelancers

EU legislation

EU legislation came into force in May 2011 that requires website owners that are based in the EU to gain permission from visitors when setting Cookies on their computers. Implied consent is valid under EU law and can be used appropriately in the context of compliance.

As the Creative Freelancers Directory is based in the UK, a link to our "Cookies Policy" is placed on the homepage as a navigation aid. The link points to this page which explains our Cookie policy in detail.

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer/device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s computer/device.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience.

Types of Cookies

The International Chamber of Commerce has defined 4 categories of cookies. The first 3 of which are used on the Creative Freelancers Directory website:

Strickly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential for visitors to Creative Freelancers as they move around the website and use its features, such as accessing members areas. Without these cookies services like the web store and e-billing and invoicing cannot be provided.
Performance Cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use the Creative Freelancers website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous, and is only used to improve how this website works.
Functionality Cookies

These cookies allow the Creative Freelancers Directory website to store choices you make (such as your user name, membership preferences etc.) and provide enhanced features. The information these cookies collect cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Targeting Cookies or Advertising Cookies

Targeting and Advertising Cookies are used on the Creative Freelancers Directory website to deliver search results more relevant to you. They are also used to limit the number of times you see a member’s profile as well as measuring the effectiveness of their campaign.

This kind of Cookie is also widely used by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission, however does NOT form a part of the Creative Freelancers Directory’s Cookie implementation. These Cookies remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

Disabling Cookies

Creative Freelancers Directory uses Cookies to enable membership services and the smooth flow of payment transactions. Although users are able to browse our website while Cookies are disabled, users are not able to purchase any items unless users enable their browser to allow Cookies.

To disable Cookies on your device or computer review the following:

Internet Explorer Choose Tools > Internet Options > Privacy. Now move the slider to choose your preferred settings. For more specialised cookie settings click on Advanced, check the 'Override cookie handling' button and modify the settings to suit your requirements.

Firefox Click on the Firefox menu > Preferences > Privacy panel. Use custom settings for history. Check Accept cookies from sites to enable Cookies, and uncheck it to disable them. You may also choose how long cookies are allowed to be stored.

Safari Choose Preferences > Select Security icon > Cookie settings are shown in window > Choose your preferred settings.

Google Chrome Choose Tools > Options > Under the Bonnet > Privacy > Content Settings. Click the "Cookie settings" tab and choose your preferred settings. Google Chrome allows all cookies by default, but you can restrict the behaviour of first-party and third-party cookies or even block them completely.

Opera select Opera > Preferences > Privacy.

Enabling Cookies

If you have disabled Cookies and wish to take advantage of member services from Creative Freelancers Directory, you will need to re-enable cookies by going to your browsers 'tools', 'options', or 'properties' as described above. If you are running a Firewall you may also need to alter your settings to allow Cookies from the Creative Freelancers Directory.

If you have any further questions don't hesitate to ask using our Contact Form.