What is a Cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Other types of similar technologies either work in the same way, or by retrieving information which is already stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit that site (such as clear gifs, pixels and digital fingerprints. Together we refer to these technologies as “cookies”). They may be set by the website owner or a third party. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work in a better, more efficient way. They can do this because websites can read and write these files, enabling them to recognise you and remember important information that will make your use and navigation of a website more convenient. Some cookies, known as 'session cookies', expire at the end of your browser session. Other cookies, known as 'persistent cookies', are stored on your computer or mobile device between browser sessions.
What Cookies Do We Use?
Below we list the different types of cookies that may be used on the Site, together with generic examples. Cookies can be categorised into 4 main types:
Strictly Necessary Cookies.
These cookies are essential for the Site to work and enable you to move around it and to use its services and features. Without these cookies, the Site will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like it to and we may not be able to provide the Site or certain services or features that you have specifically requested.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use the Site. The information collected is anonymous and is only used to monitor the site and to improve how it works. For example, such cookies show us which are the most frequently visited pages on the Site, help us record any difficulties visitors have with the Site, and show us whether our advertising is effective or not. This allows us to see the overall patterns of usage on the Site, rather than the usage of a single person.
These cookies allow the Site to remember choices you make when using the Site. Such cookies enable us to provide enhanced, more personal features, for example, they can remember your marketing preferences, such as opting in or out of marketing emails. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of the Site that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Targeting or Advertising Cookies
We may use third party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Site. These companies may place or recognise a unique cookie on your computer or mobile device. These cookies are used to deliver advertisements more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They remember that you have visited a website and are linked to other pieces of information relevant to your interests to help ensure that content and advertisements are more relevant to you. This information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.
Note that to the extent information collected through cookies constitutes personal information, we process that personal information in accordance with our Privacy Statement.
How long will cookies remain on my device?
The length of time that a cookie remains on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies last until you stop browsing and persistent cookies last until they expire or are deleted. Most of the cookies we use are persistent and will expire between 30 minutes and two years from the date they are downloaded to your device. See the section below on how to control cookies and for more information on removing them before they expire.
How Do I Manage Cookies?
You may refuse or accept cookies from the Site at any time by using the cookie settings on your browser. Information about the procedure to follow in order to enable or disable cookies from your browser can be found on your Internet browser provider's website via your help screen. Please be aware that if cookies are disabled, not all features of the Site may operate as intended. When you withhold your consent, this does not automatically delete any cookies that are already on your device pursuant to your previous consent. You will need to delete these cookies manually by following the instructions on your web browser.