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Types of Cookie Technologies

In this policy, we'll refer to GBRMPA websites as the "Sites" and GBRMPA’s mobile applications as the "Apps". We refer to them collectively as “GBRMPA Services”.

We’ll refer to cookies and similar technologies collectively as “Cookie Technologies”.


Cookies are small data files sent from a server to your web browser.

They are stored in your browser’s cache and allow a website or a third party to recognise your browser.

  • These are the types of cookies that we use:
  • Necessary cookies - these cookies are essential for you to browse GBRMPA Services and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the site.
  • Preference cookies- these cookies allow GBRMPA Services to remember choices you have made in the past, like what language you prefer, what region you would like weather reports for, or what your user name and password are so that you can automatically log in.
  • Statistics cookies – these cookies collect information about how you use GBRMPA Services, like which pages you visited and which links you clicked on. None of this
  • information can be used to identify you. It is all aggregated and therefore anonymised.
  • Marketing cookies- these cookies track your online activity to help advertisers deliver more relevant advertising or to limit how many times you see an ad.

Cookies store data about your use, but they are helpful because they allow us to help GBRMPA Services function and customise your experience.

You can configure your desktop or mobile browser's settings to reflect your preference to accept or reject cookies, including how to handle third-party cookies (see Managing Your Cookie Technology Preferences below).

Other Technologies

In addition to cookies, there are other similar technologies used by GBRMPA and elsewhere on the web or in mobile ecosystems.

  • Web beacons /tracking pixels: These are tiny graphics (sometimes called “clear GIFs” or “web pixels”) with a unique identifier that are used to understand browsing activity. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, web beacons are rendered invisibly on web pages when you open a page.
  • Social widgets: These are buttons or icons provided by third-party social media providers that allow you to interact with those social media services when you view a web page or a mobile app screen. These social widgets may collect browsing data, which may be received by the third party that provided the widget, and are controlled by the third parties.
  • UTM codes: These are strings that can appear in a URL (the “Uniform Resource Locator”, which is typically the http or https address entered to go to a web page) when a user moves from one web page or website to another, where the string can represent information about browsing, such as which advertisement, page, or publisher sent the user to the receiving website.
  • Application SDKs: These are mobile application third-party software development kits that are embedded in the Apps (and are used in many mobile applications). These app SDKs permit the collection of information about the app itself, activity in the app, and the device the application is running on.
  • Local Storage Objects: These are sets of data that can be stored on your browser by a site or app. They can be used to maintain preferences, a history of usage, or even the state or settings of a site or an app.
  • Internet of Things identifiers: Like mobile identifiers, internet-connected devices such as voice activated assistants or smart TVs may send identifiers and other data analogous to web browsers or mobile SDKs.


GBRMPA uses Cookie Technologies to recognise your logged-in state on GBRMPA Services, to understand what content members and visitors are interested in, to make the Services function for you, and to help your browsing experience and use of the Sites and Apps feel more customised.

More generally, the Services uses Cookie Technologies for the following.

Security and Authentication (Strictly Necessary)

Some cookie and similar technology functions are necessary and vital to ensuring that GBRMPA Services work properly for visitors and members, such as maintaining the security, safety, and integrity of the Services, authentication and logging into GBRMPA Services (including remembering permissions and consents you have granted), and ensuring the ability to securely complete transactions.

Account and User Preferences

Some technologies are used to remember your account and preferences over time, such as keeping yourself logged in when returning to GBRMPA Services, maintaining your choices on features and how you want Services to appear (including keeping track of your preferred language and country), and customising content based on how you use GBRMPA Services.

Social Networks

Some technologies help you to interact with social networks you are signed into while using the Services, such as sharing content with the social network, logging in with the social network, and other features you employ with the social network, or that are allowed in the social network’s privacy policy.

These may be set and controlled by the social networks, and your preferences with those social networks.

Social networks may also work with GBRMPA or with you for analytics or for marketing purposes, as discussed below.

You may be able to manage your privacy preferences for these social networks and their tools and widgets via your account with the social network.

Subscription Services

When you subscribe to one of our newsletters, we collect your personal information for the purpose of providing you with the subscription service.

We may use Campaign Monitor to provide services related to your subscription; and we share your personal information with Campaign Monitor for this purpose. We may also use Campaign Monitor’s analytics tools for the purpose of improving our communications with you.  Personal information held by Campaign Monitor is handled in accordance with Campaign Monitor's Privacy Policy. Please note, Campaign Monitor’s website and subscription services are provided, supported, and hosted on servers in the United States of America. This means that your personal information may be sent overseas, stored, and shared by Campaign Monitor in the United States (including with other countries). In that case, the privacy protection laws of the United Kingdom, EU and the USA may also apply to your personal information.

If you choose not to provide us with the personal information we request, we may not be able to provide the subscription service to you.  However, if you contact us we will assist you to access our newsletter services in another way, wherever possible.

Performance and Analytics

Some technologies help provide performance data on how the Services are functioning in order to improve GBRMPA Services, including, for example, data on site and app functionality and speed to help us optimise how the Services are used to help us improve your experience and detecting and gathering reporting on bugs to help make our Services work better.

In addition, GBRMPA may employ transient technologies, including cookies or local stored objects, for site performance, experiments, form information, and interactions with the site, and may use temporary, short-term cookies for limited-time site events such as sales and promotions.

The Sites and Apps employs Google Analytics to help understand how GBRMPA Services are used by its community.

For some of the advertising features listed below, like retargeting, data from Google Analytics may be combined with GBRMPA’s first-party data and third-party cookies (like Google’s advertising cookies) as permitted by Google’s and GBRMPA’s respective policies.

To see how to opt-out of Google Analytics Advertising Features, see Managing your Cookie Technology Preferences at the bottom of this policy.

The Site also employs Facebook App Events SDKs for analytics in the Apps in a similar fashion, subject to your Opt-Out.

You can find more information on how Google Analytics works in this Google guide and on Facebook App Events here.

Marketing Services

GBRMPA partners with third-party service providers that may use various Cookie Technologies to permit us and them to learn about which ads you see and click when you visit our Services, the Apps, and affiliated sites or to show you ads on and off GBRMPA Services.

  • These may include things such as:
  • Frequency capping, which limits the number of times a user’s browser or mobile device displays the same ad;
  • Attribution tracking, which estimates which advertising or marketing source brought someone to GBRMPA Services, or determines which marketing source led to actions like a visit or a purchase;
  • Remarketing and retargeting, which shows relevant ads to an audience based on prior shopping and browsing patterns on GBRMPA Services;
  • Audience targeting, which refers to targeting advertisements to a large audience based on the audience’s known or inferred demographics; and
  • Cross-device recognition, which recognises actions across multiple devices or browsers.

Some third-party service providers may provide information like demographics, cross-device information, or interest categories from a combination of sources that, while not identifying you personally, permit us to provide you with more relevant and useful advertising.

In some cases, this information may have non-marketing performance analytics uses as well.

These technologies allow a partner to recognise your computer, mobile device or network device (like an IoT device such as a voice-activated assistant or smart TV), each time you visit GBRMPA Services or other websites and mobile applications based on data like a cookie, your IP address, or device ID, but do not allow access to other personal information from GBRMPA.

However, these technologies may allow us or a third party to recognise you, either from a single device or across devices, over time. These third parties are required to follow applicable laws, self-regulatory programmes, and GBRMPA’s data protection rules where applicable.

GBRMPA does not have control over these third parties, who each have their own privacy policies and privacy practices.

For audience targeting, GBRMPA may share hashed identifiers that represent an email address or name with partners Google and/or Facebook so they can provide GBRMPA with audiences interested in specific types of products and services.

Google and/or Facebook will only provide this information, and can only identify you, based on their separate policies and agreements with their users.

Managing Your Cookie Technology Preferences

You have the ability to control the use of certain Cookie Technologies. We will seek your consent before using any cookies other than those that are strictly necessary.

You can opt out of third party marketing cookies and similar technologies via the Privacy Settings link available at the bottom of most GBRMPA site pages, or via our Cookies Consent Agreement. You can also manage your GBRMPA marketing preferences in your Account Settings.

Opt-in and Opt-out for Browsers

In addition, when you use GBRMPA Services via a browser, you can change your web browser's settings to reflect your cookie preferences. Each browser is a little different, but usually these settings are under the "options" or "preferences" menu.

Opt-out of Third-Party Networks

If you do not wish to have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based advertisements, you may exercise your preferences as described below. Please note this does not stop you from being served advertisements.

You will continue to receive generic advertisements. If you reject or block all cookies in your browser settings, you will not be able to take advantage of GBRMPA's Services as some cookies are necessary for the Site to function properly.

You can learn more about managing your preferences for ads online, particularly for many third-party advertising networks, through resources made available by the Digital Advertising Alliance at or the Network Advertising Initiative at or if you are located in the European Union click here.

Google Analytics Opt-out

For Google Analytics Advertising Features, you can opt-out through Google Ads Settings, Ad Settings for mobile apps, or any other available means (for example, the NAI's consumer opt-out listed above).

We also use other Google Tools on the website, including google maps and google fonts.  Google also provides a Google Analytics opt-out plug-in for the web.

Third-Party Tools

Various third parties provide browser plug-ins and apps that can help provide you information on and limit or block third-party cookies, web beacons, and some Javascript-based technologies.

GBRMPA cannot vouch for the efficacy of a particular third-party product, but popular products that provide these privacy enhancements include Ghostery and AdBlock Plus.

Both Google and Facebook provide tools to control use of advertising on their respective platforms, including advertising on and with GBRMPA.

More information can be found in your account settings on the respective platforms, including in Google’s Privacy Centre and in Facebook’s Ad Settings.

Mobile and Third Party Device Opt-out

If you access GBRMPA Services through the Apps, you may also control interest-based advertising on an iOS or Android device by selecting the “Limit Ad Tracking” option in the privacy section of the Settings App on iOS or via advertising preferences on Android-based devices (usually in the Google Settings app).

This will not prevent you from seeing advertisements but will limit the use of device advertising identifiers to personalise ads based on your interests.

For third party IoT devices such as voice activated assistants or smart TVs, consult with the manufacturer and/or service provider for the opt out mechanism for their respective devices and services.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the use of Cookie Technologies at GBRMPA, please see the “Contact” section of GBRMPA’s Privacy Policy.

Updated 19 May 2023
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