What is a cookie?
A cookie is a text file (often including a unique identifier), which contains small amounts of information that are sent to your browser and stored on your computer, tablet or mobile device. These are known as “first party cookies” and they collect information about internet users like yourself such as names, addresses, e-mail details, passwords and user preferences.
On our websites, there are also “third-party cookies” operating from for example advertisers. These may be placed on your browser via our sites but we do not have any control over how the information collected, is used by these third parties.
Whenever you are on our websites, there may be “session cookies” and “persistent cookies” operating. Session cookies are temporary and only exist while you’re browsing our sites, whereas “persistent cookies” will remain on your browser (for a period defined by us) and will be activated again when you return to one of our sites.
These are the types of cookies on our websites:
Strictly necessary cookies: These are essential cookies required for the effective operation of our websites, including, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our websites.
Performance cookies: These allow us to see how our websites are used. For example, we can recognise and count the number of users and see how users move around our websites when using it. This helps us to improve our websites so that, for example, users can easily find what they are looking for.
Functionality cookies: These cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our websites. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visits to our websites, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our websites and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
How to block cookies?
You can block cookies by either using the menu available on the cookie banner to select or deselect certain types of cookies here or by activating the setting on your device/web browser that enables you to refuse the downloading of cookies. If you choose to not accept certain cookies, some interactive features of our websites may not work.