WHAT ARE COOKIES?
1.1. Cookies are small text files that are sent by a website to a web browser in order to place information on your computer’s hard drive. This enables a website to identify and track the web browser so a website can, for example, recognise a device each time it visits the website, remember user preferences and recommend certain content.
1.2. Cookies in themselves usually identify the computer used rather than the individual user, but some cookies may contain personal information.
1.3. Different cookies do different things and some are essential to the operation of a website, whilst others are not. The different types of cookies are:
- 1.3.1 Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our site.
- 1.3.2 Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our site, enabling us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences.
- 1.3.3 Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visits to our site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our site more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information (in anonymised form) with third parties for this purpose.
- 1.3.4 Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our site and to see how visitors move around when using our site. This helps us to improve how it works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
1.4. When you consent to cookies on our website, you are consenting to our use of those cookies that are not strictly necessary. Please see section 5 of this policy for further information about how you can manage cookies through your browser settings.
COOKIES USED ON OUR SITE
2.1 In the table below we have set out the cookies used on this site, their purpose and their duration:
2.2. Most of the cookies listed above are ‘third party cookies’, meaning they are set by third parties and we have no control over them other than allowing them to be served.
WEB BEACON AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLUGINS
3.1. A web beacon is a clear graphic image that records the pages visited on a website and can be used in combination with cookies. Web beacons sometimes process personal information, including your IP address, the browser you use and whether a cookie has been dropped on the browser. We use web beacons like Facebook pixel to understand who reads our website and the pages that are frequently visited.
3.2. We use social media plugins like ‘Addthis’ on our website which also works in combination with cookies. This plugin allows users to share content to various social media platforms.
4.1. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to limit or prevent cookies. We have set out links to the opt-out pages of the most common browsers below:
- 4.1.1. Microsoft Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
- 4.1.2. Apple Safari: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/sfri11471/mac
- 4.1.3. Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
- 4.1.4. Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
4.2. To prevent your data being used by Google Analytics, you can visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
4.3. If you set your browser to not accept cookies, please note it may result in certain sections or features of our site not working properly and certain personalised services not being provided to you or users of your computer.
4.4. You can learn more about how to control cookies, including opting out of certain third party cookies at: https://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/what-are-my-options/. More information about cookies generally can be found at: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/. You can find out more about behavioural advertising here: http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/.
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