What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identify your browser or device. What are cookies used for?
Cookies allow a site or services to know if your computer or device has visited that site or service before. Cookies can then be used to help understand how the site or service is being used, help you navigate between pages efficiently, help remember your preferences, and generally improve your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.
What types of cookies do we use?
There are generally four categories of cookies: “Strictly Necessary,” “Performance,” “Functionality,” and “Targeting.” We may use any of these categories of cookies on our Website at any time. You can find out more about each cookie category below.
1. Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential, as they enable you to move around our website and use its features, such as accessing logged in or secure areas, where relevant.
2. Performance Cookies
3. Functionality Cookies
These are used to recognise our users when they return to our website. This allows us to personalise their website experience, e.g. by personalising content, greeting you by name and remembering your preferences, e.g. language choice.
4. Targeting Cookies
We, our advertising partners or other third party partners may use these types of cookies to deliver advertising that is relevant to your interests. These cookies can remember that your device has visited a website, and may also be able to track your device’s browsing activity on other websites. This information may be shared with other companies or organizations, such as advertisers and/or advertising networks to deliver the advertising, and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign, or other business partners for the purpose of providing aggregate website usage statistics.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
First and third party cookies
First-party cookies are cookies that belong to Us, third-party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device through our website. Third-party cookies may be placed on your device by someone providing a service for Us, for example to help us understand how our website is being used. Third-party cookies may also be placed on your device by our business partners so that they can use them to advertise products and services to you elsewhere on the Internet.
How to control and delete cookies
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of our website.
If you wish to remove the cookies that we have stored in your web browser, then follow these steps. Please note only the latest version of each main browser is covered here. If you require details for alternative browsers and versions, then please refer to the Help file for that application.
You can also refer to this website for further useful information: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/
Published: May 2020