What are cookies
Cookies are small text files that are stored on the hard drive of your computer when you visit certain website pages. They don’t in any way harm your computer and they don’t store sensitive information such as name, address and payment details. They are simply identifiers of your activity on a website that are sent in the form of a string of letters and numbers from a web server to a web browser, and are stored in the web browser when you when you sign into the website.
Cookies can be ‘persistent’ or ‘session cookies’: ‘persistent cookies’ will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a ‘session cookie’ will expire at the end of a session when the web browser is cleared.
How long are cookies stored for?
Persistent cookies - these cookies remain on a user's device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They have 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. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience.
You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu.
We use a variety of cookies for the following purposes:
These cookies can be grouped as follows:
- Functionality Cookies
- Performance Cookies
- Third Party Cookies
Functional Cookies are required for the site to function properly. Performance and marketing cookies are all the non-required cookies you should have control over setting and disabling according to your preferences.
These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience. By using the Website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device. These cookies allow the Website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages 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.
These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited. By using the Website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device. These cookies collect information about how visitors use the Website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the Website works.
Third party cookies
These cookies allow third parties to track the success of their application or customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used on our site. For example, if you choose to ‘share’ content through Twitter or other social networks you might be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so please check those websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
In addition to being able to manage your cookies via our Cookies Performance 'hub', most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links: