What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.
Cookies used on the Website
We may use a limited number of cookies essential to particular services you have requested or for security purposes. In particular, if you have registered for a site or use a customer portal we may use a cookie to authenticate the pc or mobile device that you are using.
We allow third parties to set analytics, or performance, cookies to collect and report aggregate information. These cookies provide reporting to us on an aggregate basis and so, do not identify you at all. We use the aggregate reports to understand how our web sites are used and improve their usefulness to our audiences.
A number of cookies also support how our web sites function, identifying your pc or end device on a unique but anonymous basis. These cookies may, for example, remember certain site preferences or recognize an individual’s activity within a single session.
We may conduct analyses of user traffic to measure the use of our sites and to improve the content of our web sites and our services. These analyses will be performed through the use of IP addresses and cookies.
Our site also makes use of technology similar to cookies that has been introduced in relatively modern web browsers called local storage. We use local storage to allow us to retrieve your decision as to whether to allow us to store cookies on your system. This means you won't be presented with the option of accepting or rejecting cookies on each visit to our site. Your decision will be saved in local storage for one year.
Social media and sharing tools
This website may utilise social media and sharing tools throughout the website including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Flickr. Using these elements of the website allows these service providers to set cookies on your device and track your behaviours within their platforms. Social media and sharing tool providers may also detect your presence on this website if you are logged into their services. The cookies set and tracking carried out by these third party providers is not under our control, but they will not be used if you have declined cookies.
Cookies are either Persistent cookies or Session cookies:
Session cookies – these only last until you close your browser. They are not stored on your hard drive. They are usually used to track the pages that you visit so that information can be customised for you for that visit.
Persistent cookies – these are stored on your hard drive until you delete them or they reach their expiry date. These may, for example, be used to remember your preferences when you use the site.
Controlling and deleting cookies
For information about removing all cookies, including those set by third-parties, or preventing sites from setting cookies you may with to visit www.allaboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.