What is a cookie?
A cookie, or similar technology, is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer, phone, or other device through which you access our Website. Other technologies, including data we store on your browser or device, identifiers associated with your device, and other software, are used for similar purposes. In this policy, we refer to all of these technologies as “cookies.”
- First and third-party cookies: whether a cookie is 'first' or 'third' party refers to the domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time. Third-party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the site being visited by the user. If a user visits a site and another entity sets a cookie through that site this would be a third-party cookie.
- Persistent cookies: these cookies remain on a user's device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
- Session cookies: these cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
What cookies do we use and why?
The cookies used on our Website are categorised as follows:
- Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are necessary for the Website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. 'Strictly necessary' cookies let you move around the Website and use essential features like accessing your profile and posting feedback. Without these cookies, these services cannot be provided.
Such cookies can only access Personal Information that you have provided on our Website and cannot be accessed by other sites. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the Website will not then work. Please note that these cookies do not gather any information that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.
We use these strictly necessary cookies to: 1) identify you as being logged in to our Website; and
2) enable you to submit information via online forms such as registration and feedback forms.
Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the Website, so if you disactivate these cookies, we can't guarantee your use of our Website or how the security on our Website will perform during your visit.
'Performance' cookies collect information about how you use our Website e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our Website for our users and measure the effectiveness of our content. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the Website.
These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you. Information collected from these cookies is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our Website, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
These cookies enable us to provide the Website with enhanced functionality and personalisation. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly and any preferences or settings you selected will not be retained for later visits.
All first-party cookies that are considered to be cookies identifying the visitor, i.e. user tracking cookies, which are not really needed, but are useful for the site owner.
We use Web Analytics performance cookies to provide anonymous statistics on how our Website is used.
These cookies may be set through our Website by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. These cookies are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device.
If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
All third-party cookies that are considered to be cookies identifying the visitor, i.e. user tracking cookies, which are not really needed, but are useful for the site owner.
To see the specific cookies we use from within each of these categories, please visit our Cookie Preference Center accessible through the cookie banner under “Cookie Settings”.
How to block or turn off cookies
You may block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies), you may not be able to access all or parts of our Website. If you use different computers to access our Website you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your preferences.
Internet browser cookie settings are usually found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. If you are not using any of the browsers listed below, then you should use the 'Help' option in your internet browser for more details.
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari
Blocking cookies do not disable other types of analytics products which we may use to collect generic information about how you and other visitors use our Website.
If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you will need to delete your cookies using your internet browser settings.
For further information about deleting or blocking cookies, please visit: https://cookiepedia.co.uk.
For Google Analytics opt-out, please visit the following web page and install the add-on provided by Google: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/?hl=en.
More information about cookies
More information about cookies can be found at: https://cookiepedia.co.uk.