Cookie Guidelines


Spinnup’s Cookies

The Spinnup website (“Website”) uses cookies to distinguish you from other users. A cookie is a small text file that can be stored on your computer’s hard drive. It may be stored and updated at various times as you access the website. Each time you visit the website, the server may deliver certain customised information to your computer based on the data stored in your cookie. This allows Spinnup to tailor the service to your preferences and to enhance your experience at the Website. You are not obliged to accept a cookie and you may modify your browser so that it will not accept cookies. If you wish to purchase any items on the Website you need to ensure that cookies are enabled. If, however, you do not want to accept cookies please use the help tools provided with your internet browser to find out how to achieve this.

We never use cookies to retrieve information from your computer which was not originally contained in the cookie. We use cookies and IP addresses for system administration and to monitor aggregate non-personalised information (such as anonymous statistics related to the take up or use of services, or to patterns of browsing). Certain non-personal information about users is recorded by the standard operation of Universal’s internet servers. Examples of this type of information include the type of browsers being used, its operating system and the domain names (not e-mail addresses, where possible) of users.

Spinnup’s Use of Other Cookies

When you visit the Website a snippet of code (often called a ‘pixel’, ‘beacon’ or ‘tag’) may set or retrieve an anonymous user ID stored in a cookie on your computer by a third party advertising network. By assigning a single anonymous user ID that can be accessed by any website, these companies enable advertisers to target appropriate adverts to you across a large network of websites and monitor which adverts you see.

This data is completely anonymous and associated only with your browser / device. Spinnup will not supply any personal information we may also have about you. In some cases these advertising networks may receive your IP address as part of the process of displaying adverts, but this is not data Spinnup will provide.

These third party cookies cannot be used to identify an individual user, but only for statistical purposes, for example, in providing you with advertisements that are more relevant to your interests. Additionally, the companies that generate these cookies have their own, very strict, privacy policies but we don’t have access to these cookies; other than allowing them to be served, we have no role to play in these cookies at all (although we may use statistical information arising from these third party cookies and provided to us by third parties, to improve the targeting of advertisements to users). If you wish to block third party cookies, you can do so in your browser’s security settings – indeed, the majority of browsers will block them by default.

What can I do to manage cookies stored on my computer?

Differing browsers offer differing ways to configure your browser’s cookie settings. Due to the wide range of differences among differing websites’ privacy policies, many browsers allow for universal privacy settings which users can choose from. Users choose differing privacy settings based on their differing privacy concerns. Most commercial and/or professionally-created websites likeYahoo and Google have privacy policy pages that disclose how the sites handle, gather, and/or pass on user information to third parties. These are known as ‘P3P’ features (Privacy Preferences Platform). Get more information on P3P.

If you are a commercial website owner or operation and need help on how to implement a technically sound yet ethical cookie and privacy policy that protects your website’s visitors while maintaining the search engine optimization effectiveness of your website, such as and other websites, please get in touch with us for custom assistance.

If the commercial website you are visiting lacks a privacy policy, be very careful with any information you enter into any forms within the site.

You can easily remove any cookies that have been created in the cookie folder of your browser. For example, if you are on Windows machine, here are the steps on how to use Windows Explorer to erase cookie files:

  • Click on ‘Windows Explorer’
  • Select the ‘Search’ button on the tool bar
  • Enter “cookie” into the search box field for ‘Folders and Files’
  • Choose ‘My Computer’ in the ‘Look In’ drop down menu
  • Click on ‘Search Now’
  • Select and open the folders that are retrieved
  • Click to highlight any cookie file
  • Click the ‘Delete’ key to erase the cookie file

If you don’t have Windows Explorer, click the “Help” function on your “Start” button and enter “cookies” to search for information on how to locate the folder.

There are a number of ways to manage cookies. If you use different computers in different locations you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.

Some modern browsers have a feature that will analyze website privacy policies and allow a user to control their privacy needs. These are known as “P3P” features (Privacy Preferences Platform). Find further information on P3P.

Click on the link for your browser below to get information on how to prevent cookies from being created on your particular browser.

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What Cookies Do to Your PCs

Cookies are browser dependent and are essentially text files that contain information your browser saves on one of this folders for some websites that do send out cookies. By themselves, cookies pose no risk since they do not contain virus in any form nor do they spy on your PC content to compromise security. They are used to make online surfing faster and easier by make the sites you’ve visited remember who you are, like remembering you IP address or passwords, along with your own preferences such as when Amazon recommend a book or music CD similar to what you looked for in your last visit.

But this convenience feature of having cookies can be eagerly overused when some websites use them to track you across various websites often for analytical competition purposes and thus, record you surfing behavior. In gets a bit frightening when the companies that track you are those you have never dealt with and to whom you never gave your personal information.

Older browsers like Internet Explorer 5.x or Netscape 4.x offered a limited choice in managing cookies. They just completely allow or disallow cookies so you either benefit from them or not. They can also be set to prompt you for a YES or NO response in each attempt for a site to send one. Today, newer browsers from Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera allows better degree of control in selecting which sites can or cannot send cookies.

Managing Cookies from the Latest Firefox 8.0 Browser

Just as an example of what a modern browser can do, you can specify your cookie options under Firefox 8.0 by selecting Tools -> Options -> Privacy. On the Privacy box, you can disallows websites from tracking you by checking on the “Tell web site I do not want to be tracked” under Tracking. But even if you are tracked, you can go to the linked “remove individual cooker” which opens up a new dialog box containing the websites and their respective cookie files saved by the browser. You can individually delete the cookies, search for specific cookie or just delete all of the with one click.

Managing Flash cookies

As browser cookies generally make it faster and easier for you to access sites the next time around, the same benefit can be had with Flash cookies. Deleting them may require you to re-enter verification information in sites that do the next time you visit the same site. Bur just like any cookie, you can delete Flash cookies for security or technical reasons since flash cookers do tend to slow down your browser. Here’s what you can do:

  • Visit the Settings Manager for your Adobe Flash Player. You will be taken to the Adobe website.
  • The Adobe site lists the websites with the cookies in your browser.
  • Click delete opposite the website where you want the cookies deleted.


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