What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer, tablet or mobile phone when you visit a website or application. The website or application may retrieve these cookies from your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) each time you visit, so they can recognise you, remember your preferences and provide you with a more secure online experience.
Cookies generally do not hold any information to identify an individual person, but are instead used to identify a browser on an individual machine.
Cookies can be referred to as session cookies or persistent cookies, depending on how long they are used:
- Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.
- Persistent cookies stay on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie. These persistent cookies may be checked each time you visit the site where the cookie was generated or, in the case of third-party cookies, from another site that also uses the same service.
Cookies used on this website
We set some cookies directly, and we also make use of some services which set their own cookies. We believe it is important to be clear about any cookies that are being set, and why, so we have provided the tables below to explain this to you.
You will not necessarily see all of the cookies referenced below stored on your machine after visiting our site. Some will depend on how you got here and the features and products that you looked at during your visit.
Although we audit the types of cookies that are used on our site, it is possible that the services we use may make changes to their cookie names and purposes. Some services, particularly social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, change their cookies regularly. Although we always aim to show you up-to-date information, we may not be able to reflect these changes in our policy straight away.
These are cookies set by us, and are often referred to as first-party cookies.
|ASPSESSIONID||Necessary||This cookie is essential for our website to function and for your online experience. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.|
|__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, __utmv||Performance||These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.|
Web Beacons: Our website contains small invisible images known as ‘web beacons’ or ‘tracking pixels’. These are used in a way similar to cookies to understand when a particular part of the page is viewed and verify any clicks through to links. We share the data collected by these beacons with verified social media accounts Facebook Ads and Google Analytics in for us to re-target you with tailor advertisements of relevant interest and measure the performance of our website and marketing efforts.
If you wish to opt-out of having your personal information profiled for personalisation purposes you can adjusting your web browser cookie settings. Most web browsers allow you to erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies (or just third-party cookies) or warn you before a cookie is stored.
Please note, if you choose to block all cookies, our site will not function as intended and you will not be able to use or access many of the services we provide. If you have blocked all cookies and wish to make full use of the features and services we offer, you will need to enable your cookies. You can do this in your web browser.
Rather than blocking all cookies, you can choose to only block third-party cookies which will still allow our website to function as intended.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set or controlling your cookies, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.