WHAT IS A COOKIE?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that, when you visit our site, we download and store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer or other device. They allow us to recognise your computer or other device, and deliver a better and more personalised service to you.
Cookies usually contain anonymous information which is accessible by the website which set it, on each later visit to that website or sometimes when you visit other websites.
Please note that we can also collect information about your usage of our Website from data contained in “log files”. Log files are not cookies; they do not contain any personal data; and they are not used to identify your personal use of our Website. When you request any web page from our Website, web servers automatically obtain your domain name and internet protocol (“IP”) address, but they reveal nothing personal about you and that data is only used to examine Website traffic in aggregate, to investigate abuse of our Website and its users, and/or to cooperate with law enforcement. Such data is not disseminated to third parties, except in aggregate.
- How you use our Website;
- Identifiers such as your device and location
- Your preferences for our Website and services
Cookies cannot harm your computer or other device
TYPES OF COOKIES
Cookies can be session cookies or persistent cookies, and can be either first or third party cookies as defined below:
Session cookies: These allow us to track and link your actions during a single browser session, e.g. to remember the items returned from a search. These are created temporarily and, once you close your browser, all session cookies expire and are deleted.
Persistent cookies: These allow us to authenticate you, and remember your preferences and therefore enable us to enhance your website experience. These remain on your device between browser sessions.
First and third party cookies: Session cookies and persistent cookies can be either first or third party cookies depending upon the domain placing the cookie. First party cookies are those set by our site. Third party cookies are issued by a different site to our site.
We use a mixture of all these types of cookies on our site to provide our services and enhance your experience. Some of the cookies used on our site are Essential/Strictly Necessary cookies, Analytical/Performance cookies, Functionality cookies and Advertising/Targeting cookies, as set out and described in the information below.
- Necessary cookies: those required for the operation of our Website, which do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
- Analytical/ performance cookies: these allow us to collect information about how you use our Website, such as, how you move around our Website and if you experience any errors. These cookies do not collect personal data. The information collected is anonymous and is only used to help us improve the way our Website works, understand what interests our users generally and measure how effective our advertising is. Some of the performance cookies we use are issued as part of services provided by third parties, like Google Analytics.
- Functionality cookies: these are used to provide services or to recognise you when you return to our Website. These would enable us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences and improve your visit.
- Targeting cookies: these record your visit to a certain website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. They are linked to services provided by third parties, such as “Like” and “Share” buttons, in return for recognising that you have visited the relevant website. The third party may subsequently use information about your visit to target advertising to you on other websites and present you with advertisements that you may be interested in.
HOW YOU CAN MANAGE COOKIES & MORE INFORMATION
Generally, you can set your browser to accept all cookies, block/reject all cookies, or modify your browser to alert you of any new cookies. To clear the stored cookies, you can normally go to the Tools dropdown menu at the top of the browser window.
Our site, or parts of it, may not function without technical problems or be accessible if you have disabled cookies in your browser.
You can find more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, by visiting www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or advertising/targeting cookies.
Please note that configuring your computer and/ or mobile browser to reject ‘necessary’, ‘performance’ or ‘functional’ cookies may severely impact your experience on our Website and some parts of our Website will not function at all.
All browsers provide tools that allow you to control how you handle cookies: accept, reject or delete them. These settings are normally accessed via the ‘settings’, ‘preferences’ or ‘options’ menu of the browser you are using, but you could also look for a ‘help’ function or contact the browser provider.
You may also use tools provided by the third parties mentioned in the information above to prevent their targeting cookies being set.