What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file, typically consisting of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses the website. Cookies are text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is typically used to make the site work as you expect it. They are used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the website.
Cookies are useful because they improve the website’s functionality and overall performance and provide the users with a more personalized experience. They also give insights on the use of our website by our visitors and help Us to understand how visitors are using our website and the services provided therein.
- Types of cookies
Session and persistent cookies:
Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session (from when a user opens the browser window to when they exit the browser) or they can be stored for longer periods of time. Session cookies expire after a browser session. Session cookies allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. They could also be used for security when a user is accessing internet banking or to facilitate use of webmail. Their use is strictly limited to the purpose of transmitting data (made up of random numbers created by the server) identifying the specific session and necessary to allow a safe and efficient website surfing by avoiding any other computer methods that could potentially compromise the users’ privacy.
Persistent cookies are stored persistently on a users’ device in between browser sessions. Persistent cookies allow the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site.
First and third-party cookies:
Cookies can be classified as ‘first’ or ‘third’ party depending on the website or domain placing the cookie.
First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by the domain visited by the user – the website displayed in the URL window.
Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user: i.e., cookies, which are set by Google, Facebook, YouTube etc.
- What categories of cookies are used on this website?
We use the following categories of cookies:
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.
These cookies may be set through our site 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. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
Social Media Cookies
These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.
- Manage Cookie Preferences
Some cookies are strictly necessary for the correct functioning of this website and do not require user’s consent, such as those ensuring that the content of a page loads quickly and effectively by distributing the workload across numerous computers or else those providing security.
Other cookies are still reasonably necessary or important, but they are not strictly essential and, therefore, require user’s consent. For these cookies (i.e. performance and functionality, advertising/targeting), we request your consent (by the “accept all cookies” button in our cookie banner or through your browser cookie settings) before placing them on your device.
To deactivate the use of third party advertising cookies, you may visit the relevant consumer page to manage the use of these types of cookies.
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. These settings are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your internet browser. Otherwise, you should use the ‘help’ option in your internet browser for more details or you can click on one of the links below to go directly to the user manual for your browser:
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org (link is external), which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers, or the following sites: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/#completed or http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/
However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.