Our website uses cookie technology to ensure a standard of service. When you visit our website, cookie(s) or similar technologies may be stored on your computer or other device. More information can be found in the below sections.
We also utilize Google Analytics to help us best understand how you use volusiacountybiz.com to better improve features and experience.
You will see below a description of the cookie(s) we use, what it does, whether it collects personally identifiable data, the period of time to which the cookie(s) will be stored, the type, purpose and requirement for consent.
What are Cookies?
A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Text-based Cookies (I.e. non-executable text files) cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. We may in some cases also use web beacons in order to track the opening web pages or emails specific to individual customers and/or visitors.
One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize pages of the Site, or register with volusiacountybiz.com site or services, a cookie helps volusiacountybiz.com to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the Site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the volusiacountybiz.com features that you customized.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. For more information on cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the Interactive Advertising Bureau at www.allaboutcookies.org. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the volusiacountybiz.com or websites you visit.
Our site uses specific types of cookies and can be individually categorized as ‘Persistent Cookies’ and ‘First Party Cookies’.
These types of cookies are typically used to remember information and settings upon visiting the website.
First Party Cookies
A first party cookie is effectively a cookie set by the website visited by the user. Our use of Google Analytics satisfies the definition of a ‘first party cookie’ as we set this of our own accord for the analysis of web traffic. No personally identifiable information is shared with Google Analytics as this is strictly prohibited, however we may send data in the form of Unique User IDs. This meaning the data has been altered to exchanged fields with artificial identifiers.
Description of Cookies
|PHPSESSID||Cookie is deleted when browser is closed||A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without this cookie, every page you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.||First party|
|ci_session||Cookie is deleted when browser is closed.||A session cookie required to login to the secure area. It only created after validating username/password and not containing any sensitive information like name, email etc.||First party|
|_ga, _gid||The longest lasting cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close your browser.||Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ('Google'), to help us see how our website is used. In doing so information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States. The data collected by Google Analytics is used to analyse how frequently the same people revisit the University website, how the website is found (from advertising or referring websites), and which pages are most frequently viewed. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall picture of website use, and is never identified individually or personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.||Third party https://policies.google.com/privacy|
We utilize Google Analytics and Google Map Codes to help us improve and understand how people use our service. We do not use Google Analytics for any form of advertising. This information comprises of the length of time users spend on our website, the time spent on each individual webpage, in which order the pages were visited and which third-party links have been clicked. Analytics in this regard can also help to determine the amount of people visiting the website by tracking if you’ve visited before. Analytics also assists in managing the rate to which page view requests are made.
You are able to access ‘Settings’ within the browser being used which should allow you to effectively manage your cookies.
In terms of opting out of Google Analytics cookies, you will need to visit the following webpage and install the add-on for your browser: Google Analytics Opt Out Page
Using Google Maps
When you use our map to locate a business, the command you request is completed by our approved API credintials with Google Maps.
Google’s ad/video/locastion products may receive or infer information about your location from a variety of sources. For example, we may use the IP address to identify your general location; we may receive precise location from your mobile device; we may infer your location from your search queries; and websites or apps that you use may send information about your location to us. Google uses location information in our ads products to infer demographic information, to improve the relevance of the ads you see, to measure ad performance and to report aggregate statistics to advertisers.
Advertising identifiers for mobile apps
To serve ads/video/location in services where cookie technology may not be available (for example, in mobile applications), we may use technologies that perform similar functions to cookies. Sometimes Google links the identifier used for advertising on mobile applications to an advertising cookie on the same device in order to coordinate ads across your mobile apps and mobile browser. This can happen, for example, when you see an ad within an app that launches a web page in your mobile browser. This also helps us improve the reports we give to our advertisers on the effectiveness of their campaigns.
To opt out of personalized ads in apps on your mobile device, follow the instructions below.
- Find Google Settings in one of these places (depending on your device):
- A separate app called Google Settings
- In your main Settings app, scroll down and tap Google
- Tap Ads
- Switch on Opt out of interest-based ads
Devices with iOS use Apple’s Advertising Identifier. To learn more about your choices for use of this identifier, visit the Settings app on your device.
What determines the ads/videos by Google that I see?
Many decisions are made to determine which ad/video you see.
Sometimes the ad you see is based on your current or past location. Your IP address is usually a good indication of your approximate location. So you might see an ad on the homepage of YouTube.com that promotes a forthcoming movie in your country, or a search for ‘pizza’ might return results for pizza places in your town.
Sometimes the ad you see is based on the context of a page. If you’re looking at a page of gardening tips, you might see ads for gardening equipment.
Sometimes you might also see an ad on the web that’s based on your app activity or activity on Google services; an in-app ad that’s based on your web activity; or an ad based on your activity on another device.
Sometimes the ad/video you see on a page is served by Google but selected by another company. For example, you might have registered with a newspaper website. From information you’ve given the newspaper, it can make decisions about which ads to show you, and it can use Google’s ad serving products to deliver those ads.
You may also see ads on Google products and services, including Search, Gmail, and YouTube, based on information, such as your email address, that you provided to advertisers and the advertisers then shared with Google.
More Information on Cookies
Updates to Cookies Policy
last updated: 09/05/2022