What are Cookies?
“Cookies” are small text files that are stored by your browser on your computer’s or other device’s hard drive. Cookies can be placed on your device directly by one of our Sites (first party Cookies) or by a third party through one of our Sites (third party Cookies).
Cookies can be further categorised into two types:
- Session Cookies are only stored on your device during your browser session. They are deleted when you close your browser.
- Persistent Cookies remain on your device for a set period of time even after your browser session has ended.
Our Sites use different categories of Cookies for the purposes described below.
Strictly necessary Cookies
These Cookies are required for the operation of our Sites and use of its features. They include, for example, Cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Sites.
Our Sites cannot function without such Cookies and they are therefore automatically set when you visit them. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these Cookies, but some parts of our Sites will not work (please see “Managing Cookies” below for more information).
Analytical or performance Cookies
Our Sites may use analytical or performance Cookies such as Google Analytics to carry out some analytics on and enhance our Sites. These Cookies allow us to collect information about how you use our Sites, which pages are the most visited or where people visiting our Sites are located. This enables us to determine what content is of most interest to our users and to ensure that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
These Cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our Sites and to personalise our content. For instance, this enables us to remember some of your preferences or choices, the last pages you visited or searches you carried out or to keep you logged in. This helps us to speed up navigation, provide you with a better experience of our Sites and improve them.
These Cookies record your visit to our Sites, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We may use this information to make our Sites more relevant to your interests.
Strictly necessary Cookies are automatically set on your browser when you visit our Sites. These Cookies are required for our Sites to work properly and cannot be disabled. Please note that certain functionalities of our Sites might not work if you choose to disable other Cookies.
You can also use the settings of your Internet browser to prevent your browser from accepting new Cookies (including strictly necessary Cookies), get notified when new Cookies are dropped on your browser and disable or delete Cookies altogether (including strictly necessary Cookies). Please note that deleting existing Cookies will not prevent Cookies from being set during your next visit on our Sites.
You can find more information about how to manage Cookies in the “help” section of your browser.