A cookie is a small text file which is transferred on to your computer
A cookie is a small text file which is transferred on to your computer, smartphone or tablet via your web browser. Cookies are transferred on to your device’s hard drive when you visit our websites to enable our own system to analyse your interaction with our websites and optimise the performance of our online advertising channels. Cookies may also be used to recognise you when you visit our websites again for the purposes of personalising your experience and to enable us to improve your use of our websites.
Cookies may be temporary (or “session”) cookies, which are only in use while you visit our websites and are deleted when you close your browser, or permanent (or “persistent”) cookies, which stay on your device’s hard drive after you leave our websites until you delete them manually or your browser deletes them after a period of time.
We use a few temporary cookies in order to remember you as you use our websites, but we also allow third parties (eg. Google) to use analytical cookies (both temporary and permanent) on our websites to compile aggregate information about interaction with our websites and to analyse and optimise the performance of our online advertising.
This information is used to enhance the content of our websites and make your use of the websites easier and to inform us of the success of our own advertising elsewhere on the internet. We regard these cookies as minimally intrusive in terms of privacy. We do not allow other third party cookies which track your browsing habits in order to allow targeted marketing (or “online behavioural advertising”) to be used on our websites.
A full list of the cookies used on our websites can be found by clicking here.
Most web browser settings are set for you to accept both our own cookies and third party cookies. However, you are able to adjust those settings (in relation to both our own cookies and those of third parties) to accept the cookies, to prompt you to accept or refuse a cookie each time one is sent, or to reject all cookies outright.
We recommend that, for the highest functionality of the websites, you accept both our own cookies and third party cookies. Browser settings can be changed in your tool bar. If you wish to opt out of the Google Analytics cookies (Google DoubleClick) you can visit this Google website page (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout) and download the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add On.
If you wish to reject our own cookies, you can configure your browser to do so, but please be aware that if you do, certain functionality of the websites may not be available and your use of the websites may therefore be diminished.
In order to implement the Social Media Buttons including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and connect them to the relevant social networks and external sites, there are scripts from domains outside our control. You should be aware that these sites are likely to be collecting information about what you are doing all around the internet, including on our websites.
If you click on any of these buttons, these sites will be registering that action and may use that information. You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out of, or delete, such information.