This policy describes what you need to know about cookies and how they are used on Ruils’ website.

 What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server when you visit a website. Each cookie is unique to your web browser and contains anonymous information that allows a website to recognise you  on an individual computer as having previously visited the site and remember things like your preferences.

Windows Explorer, which is one of the main internet browsers, will usually store these files in a folder called ‘cookies’ in ‘documents and permissions’ on computers running Microsoft Windows.

By using and browsing the Ruils website, you consent to cookies being used in accordance with the Ruils Website Policy. If you do not consent, you must turn off cookies or refrain from using the site. Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies. To do this, look at the 'help' menu on your browser. Switching off cookies may restrict your use of the website and/or delay or affect the way in which it operates.

 What types of cookies are there?

There are usually four types of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are essential to make a website work and enable features that users have specifically asked for. These types of cookies are commonly used with shopping baskets or e-billing. Without use of cookies, these features of the website could not operate.
  • Performance cookies. These cookies collect anonymous information about users for the purpose of assessing the performance of a website. Common uses include well-known web analytics tools such as ‘Google Analytics’.
  • Functionality cookies. These are cookies that automatically remember choices that users have previously made in order to improve their experience next time they visit a website. For example, where users select their preferred settings and layout.
  • Targeting or Advertising cookies. These cookies are similar to performance cookies, in that they collect information about users’ behaviour. However, this information is used at individual user level to advertise products and services to users on the basis of the behavioural information collected.

 How does Ruils use Cookies?

Ruils uses cookies to help improve your experience of using our website. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around our site. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website, for example by storing your preferences. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our websites to provide you with a better user experience.

What Cookies does the Ruils website use?



Strictly necessary cookies:



This is used across the whole website if a user is logged in. Users log in to manage their account, for example to change the newsletters they receive and their email preferences. When a user is logged in, if they choose to make a donation, some of the information in the donation form will be pre-populated for them.


This is used across the whole website if a user is logged in. It is used to tell the site what 'user type' a person is i.e. a site administrator (that works for Ruils and can change the content of the site) or a member of the general public.



This is used across the whole website if a user is logged in. This ensures that a user stays logged in if they move between pages on the website within one session.


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Performance cookies:


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Ruils uses a tool called Google Analytics to give us statistical data on the performance of our website. This cookie is placed by Google Analytics.

Functional cookies:


User Setting

This cookie remembers a user’s colour and location preferences so that next time they use the site these are displayed rather than the sites default settings. The user colour preferences can be changed using the buttons on the header of the site and the location preferences can be changed by users clicking on ‘change location’ on the map that is displayed on the right-hand column of the homepage.

Targeting and advertising cookies:






Ruils sometimes use 3rd party agencies to advertise and bring traffic to certain parts of the site, for example where we have a specific campaign. These cookies are placed by one of our 3rd-party agencies to allow them to track the activities of visitors that that have come to the site from their adverts.