What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to Your device when You visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website during Your browsing session or on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the Site. Some cookies expire at the end of Your session on the Site, others will remain on Your computer for a little longer. When You return to websites or visit websites that use the same cookies, these cookies and therefore Your browsing device, are recognised.
Cookies can be first-party or third-party. First-party cookies are cookies set by the specific website You visit i.e. the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are set by third party services that appear on our Site. They are set by the operators of that service and are not in our control. They are set by e.g. Twitter, Facebook and other advertisers or file sharing platforms. They may use the information they obtain from Your use of their cookies to track Your browser across multiple websites; to build a profile of your web surfing; or, to target advertisements which may be of particular interest to You.
Cookies can be categorised in accordance with the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide as set out below:
- Strictly necessary cookies – these cookies are essential in order to enable You to move around a website and use its features and enable services You have specifically asked for. Consent is not generally required for these cookies.
- Performance cookies – these collect information about how visitors use a website, for example, by recording which pages users go to most often (usually on an anonymous basis).
- Functionality cookies – these cookies allow a website to remember the choices a user makes, such as a user name or language preference.
- Targeting or advertising cookies – these collect information about a user’s browsing habits and are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission.
Cookies can also be categorised in accordance with how long they are saved on Your device: “Session cookies” are short-term cookies that are only saved on the computer’s memory for the duration of a user’s visit to the website, whereas “Persistent cookies” remain saved in the computer’s memory for a set period of time, even after the browser session has ended.
The cookies we use
We use the following cookies, on the Site, to provide you with a safe, effective and user-friendly website:
- Third –party cookies – to collect information in an anonymous form on numbers of visitors to the Site, where visitors to the site have arrived from and which pages of the site they visit; and
- Strictly necessary cookies – to allow you to browse the website and use its essential functions.
How do I refuse or restrict cookies?
If You would like to restrict or block cookies used on our Site (or on any website), You may do so by activating the browser setting which allows You to refuse the setting of cookies. You will need to do this on each device that You use to access the internet. The “Help” or “Internet Settings” function within Your browser should tell You how. Alternatively, You may wish to visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ which contains detailed information on cookies and how to delete, restrict or block them on a wide variety of browsers. For information on how to do this on the browser of Your mobile phone You will need to refer to Your handset manual.
Please be aware that some of the services on the Site or the Interactive Services will not function if Your browser does not accept the relevant cookies.
Please be aware that if You select to refuse or restrict cookies You may be unable to access certain parts of our Site.
All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the Site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
Changes to this Cookies Policy
We may amend this Cookies Policy at any time without notice by posting the amended terms on the Site. All amended terms will automatically take effect immediately on posting. Please check this Cookies Policy periodically to inform Yourself of any changes. Your continued use of any portion of the Site following the posting of the updated Cookies Policy will constitute Your acceptance of the changes.