1. What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that contains information that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer.
Cookies may be placed on your computer or internet-enabled device whenever you visit us online. This allows the site to remember your computer or device and serves a number of purposes. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences and analyse how well our websites are performing.
Other third party tools and widgets may be used on our individual web pages to provide additional functionality. Use of these tools or widgets may place a cookie on your device to make their service easier to use and ensure your interaction is displayed on our webpages properly.
By navigating on our websites or entering your login details to access areas reserved for registered users, you agree that we can place these cookies on your computer or internet enabled device.
2. Purpose and types of cookies
Below is a list of the types of cookies used on our websites:
These cookies allow our websites to remember information that changes the way the site behaves or looks, such as your preferred language or the region you are in. These cookies can also assist you in changing text size, font, and other parts of web pages that you can personalize.
Loss of the information stored in a preference cookie may make the website experience less functional but should not prevent it from working.
|Process cookies help make the website work and deliver services that the website visitor expects, like navigating around web pages or accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, the website cannot function properly.|
|Session State||Websites often collect information about how users interact with a website. This may include the pages users visit most often and whether users get error messages from certain pages. We use these so-called ‘session state cookies’ to help us improve our services, in order to improve our users’ browsing experience. Blocking or deleting these cookies will not render the website unusable.|
|Analytics||Google Analytics is Google’s analytics tool that helps us to understand how our visitors engage with our websites. It may use a set of cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors. The main cookie used by Google Analytics is the ‘__ga’ cookie.|
We use various domains to set cookies used, including the following domains:
3. Social media widgets and applications
Our websites may include functionality to enable sharing via third party social media applications, such as the Facebook Like button and Twitter widget. These social media applications may collect and use information regarding your use of our websites. Any personal information that you provide via such social media applications may be collected and used by other members of that social media application and such interactions are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide the application. We do not have control over, or responsibility for, those companies or their use of your information.
In addition, our websites may host blogs, forums, crowd-sourcing and other applications or services (collectively “social media features”). The purpose of social media features is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and content. Any personal information that you provide on any of our social media features may be shared with other users of that social media feature (unless otherwise stated at the point of collection), over whom we may have limited or no control.
4. How to manage cookies?
Although most browsers automatically accept cookies, you can choose whether or not to accept cookies via your browser’s settings (often found in your browser’s Tools or Preferences menu). You may also delete cookies from your device at any time. However, please be aware that if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to fully experience some of our websites’ features or in the case of websites that require log ins, you may not be able to use the site at all.
Further information about managing cookies can be found in your browser’s help file or through sites such as www.allaboutcookies.org. To learn about controlling cookies on the browser of your mobile device please refer to your handset manual.