What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are sent to your browser when you visit our Website. When you visit our Website again, the cookie allows our Website to recognise your browser. When you visit our Website, cookies may also be sent to your browser by other websites that run advertisements on the page you are loading.
Cookies are useful because they help us make your Website experience more enjoyable. They allow us to recognise your device (e.g. your laptop or mobile device) so that we can tailor your experience of our Website. Cookies do not typically identify you as an individual, just the device you are using. You can find out more about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies do lots of different jobs on this Website, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, remembering information you submit to the Website, letting us analyse how well our Website is performing, and improving your experience. They also help ensure that adverts you see whilst you are on our Website are more relevant to you and your interests.
What types of cookies do we use?
Generally, we may use different types of cookies, each of which performs different functions:
Type 1 – Strictly necessary cookies – which enable services you have specifically asked for. We use a number of cookies which are essential to the operation of this Website. For example, these types of cookies let provide the necessary security your visit to our Website requires. Without these cookies, services that you have asked for cannot be provided.
Type 2 – Performance cookies – which collect anonymous information about the web pages you visit.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use our Website, for example, which pages our visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages on those pages. These performance cookies don't collect information that identifies you as an individual – all information they collect is aggregated and anonymous. The information gathered is only used to improve how our Website works.
We use Google Analytics on our Website to help us analyse how our Website is used. You can find out more about this popular website analytics tool here: http://www.google.com/analytics/index.html. Google Analytics uses performance cookies to track visitor interactions. For example, by using cookies Google can tell us which pages our users view, which are most popular, what time of day our Website is visited, whether visitors have been to our Website before, what website referred the visitor to our Website, and other similar information. All of this information is anonymised. Google takes the privacy and security of your Google Analytics data seriously and you can find out more about how it protects your data here: http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.
Type 3 – Functionality cookies – which remember your choices to improve your experience.
These cookies allow our Website to remember choices you make, such as, remembering your language, the region you are in, and changes you make to various customisable parts of our Website. The aim of these cookies is to provide you with a more personal experience so that you don't have to reset your preferences each time you visit us.
Type 4 – Behavioural advertising cookies – which remember your browsing habits to try and display relevant advertising when you are online.
These cookies track your browsing habits so that we can show you advertising which we hope is relevant to your interests. These advertising cookies use information about your web browsing activity to group you with other users who have similar interests and show you advertisements based upon those interests. For example, these cookies may remember that you viewed webpages relating to specific YouTube channels or a particular item of clothing on another website. Based on that information, we can place cookies on your browser to enable us to show you advertisements which we think will be of interest to you whilst you are on our Website and third party websites.
These types of cookies are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.
How to manage cookies on our Website
Cookies do lots of important jobs on our Website and help to make your online experience more personal and more enjoyable. The first time you visit our website, cookies will be sent to your browser. By continuing to browse our site, you consent to our placing cookies on your computer (unless you have chosen to disable them via your browser). However, you are able to disable our cookies if you choose. If you do so, you may find that certain parts of our Website do not work at all, or do not work correctly. Disabling behavioural advertising cookies
If you would like to disable advertising cookies, which remember your browsing habits and try and display relevant advertising when you are online, you can visit http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices. If you choose to turn off these cookies you will still see advertising on the internet but it may not be tailored to your interests. It does not mean that you won't be served any advertisements whilst you are online. Whilst many companies involved in using advertising cookies and serving online behavioural advertising appear at the above link, not all do. Therefore, even if you choose to turn off cookies used by all of the companies listed, you may still receive some advertising cookies and some tailored advertisements from other companies.
You can also manage this type of cookie in the privacy settings on the web browser you are using. Please see below for more information.
Disabling other cookies
You can disable and/or delete all types of cookies by using your browser settings. Cookies are generally easy to disable and/or delete but how you do so varies from browser to browser. The "help" function within your browser should tell you how to do it. The best way may be to close your browser and then search for "cookie folder" or "cookie manager" or simply "cookie".