What is a Cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer or mobile device. They are widely used in order to make websites and software applications work, or work in a better, more efficient way. They can do this because websites and software applications can read and write these files, enabling them to recognize you and remember important information that will make your use of a website or software application more convenient (e.g., by remembering your user preferences).
What Cookies do we use?
We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer or mobile device until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our website. We use two broad categories of cookies:
- first party cookies, served directly by us to your computer or mobile device; and
- third party cookies, which are served by our partners or service providers on our website.
Below we list the different types of cookies we may use.
These cookies are essential to the operation of the services in order to enable you to move around it and to use its features. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, such as accessing secure areas of the website or paid for content, cannot be provided. These cookies are essential for using the website and therefore cannot be turned off without severely affecting your use of the website. we only use these cookies to provide you with the services you have asked for.
You can control these cookies via your browser setting but please note that the services may not function smoothly if you do.
Performance cookies, which often include analytics cookies, collect information about your use of the websites and enable us to improve the way it works. For example, performance cookies show us which are the most frequently visited pages on the website, allow us to see the overall patterns of usage on the websites and help us record any difficulties you have with the websites. The information gathered via these cookies does not “directly” identify any individual visitor. However, it may render such visitors “indirectly identifiable”. This is because the information collected is typically linked to a pseudonymous identifier associated with the device you use to access our Site. The information collected is aggregated and anonymous.
Performance cookies on this website may include:
Cookie Name : Google Analytics
Further information : tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
You can also prevent the use of Google Analytics relating to your use of our websites by downloading and installing the browser plugin available via this link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB].
In some circumstances, we may use functionality cookies. Functionality cookies allow us to remember the choices you make on webservices and to provide enhanced and more personalized features, such as customising a certain webpage, remembering if we have asked you to participate in a promotion and for other services you request, like watching a video or commenting on a forum. All of these features help us to improve your visit to the website.
In some circumstances, we may work with third parties to provide services on the websites. For example, third party services used to translate the content of the websites to different languages or provide streaming video content.
In addition, third-party organizations may use their own cookies to collect information about your activities on the websites. This information may be used by them to serve advertisements that they believe are most likely to be of interest to you based on content you have viewed. Third-party advertisers may also use this information to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements.
We do not control these cookies. To disable or reject third-party cookies, please refer to the relevant third party’s website. You can also learn more about controlling cookies in the “How do I control Cookies” section below.
How do I control Cookies?