This policy explains what cookies are, why we use them, and how you can manage their use.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer or your mobile device when you visit our website.
Cookies are useful because they help us to enable you to have a better website experience. 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 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 your username and password, 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 and other websites are more relevant to you and your interests.
What information do they collect?
Cookies collect information about your browser and browsing session, such as:
- Technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, your login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform; and
- Information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time); products you viewed or searched for; page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page.
First and third party cookies
First-party cookies are cookies that belong to us, third-party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device through our Service. Third-party cookies may be placed on your device by someone providing a service for us, for example to help us understand how our service is being used.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
How do I change my cookie settings?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.
What types of cookies do we use?
1. Strictly necessary cookies
These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services, and help ensure the content of the pages you request load quickly. Without these cookies, services that you have asked for cannot be provided. We want you to understand these essential cookies, and why we use them, but your consent is not required for us to use them on our website as we use these cookies only to provide you with services that you have requested.
2. Analytical/performance cookies
These are cookies that collect information about how visitors use our website which allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see where our visitors have come from and how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. This site uses Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, which is based on Google Display Advertising. Visitors can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Settings form at https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/ads/authenticated.
We use the data provided by this service (such as age, gender and interests) to better understand our website audience and tune our communications appropriately.
We use the following analytical / performance cookies:
3. Functionality cookies
These are cookies that are used to recognise you when you return to our website and enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region). The aim of these cookies is to provide you with a more personal experience so that you do not have to reset your preferences each time you visit our website.
4. Targeting or advertising cookies
These are cookies that record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.