Showcase Cookie Policy

This Cookie Policy has been last updated on 16 April 2013.

We use cookies and similar tools across our websites and applications (the “Software”) and services (collectively with the Software, the “Services” or “Showcase”) to improve their performance and enhance your user experience. This policy explains how we do that.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.

Cookies serve many functions. They can, for example, help us to remember your username and preferences, allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you and analyse how well our sites and apps are performing to help us prioritise development of future features.

Certain cookies contain personal information. For example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our sites and apps, or a user’s general location.

What sort of cookies does Showcase use?

Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:

  1. Essential cookies
    Some cookies are essential for the operation of our sites and apps. For example, cookies that allow you to log in to our site or remember what you have placed in a shopping basket.

  2. Performance Cookies
    We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors interact with our sites and apps and to monitor performance of our sites and apps. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight content that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of our sites and apps.

  3. Functionality Cookies
    We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your email address every time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences.

    We also use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to watch a video online or comment on our blog.

  4. Behaviourally Targeted Advertising Cookies
    Showcase may use cookies to serve you with sponsor or advertiser messages that we believe are relevant to you and your interests. For example, if you attend or track events in a specific sector we may infer that you are interested in this sector and serve you with sector-specific sponsor or advertising messages. However, we do not tell our sponsors or advertisers who you are.

Opting out of our cookies

You can opt out of our usage of cookies using controls built in to your browser. You can find instructions for different browsers on the following pages:

Third party cookies

We use some third parties for video, social sharing, content embedding and other services on our sites and apps. We allow these third parties to use cookies on Showcase’s sites and apps and they may drop cookies on your computer or device when you use our sites and apps.

For example, like many companies, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our sites and apps traffic. We may also use third party cookies to help us with market research, revenue tracking, improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with our terms and conditions and copyright policy.

We do not have access to these cookies. Some of our third party providers have their own tools for controlling cookies, which are documented below.

More Information

More detail on how businesses use cookies is available at Cookie Central.

If you have any queries regarding this Cookie Policy please contact us by e-mail at

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