Cookies are files, often including unique identifiers, that are sent by web servers to web browsers, and which may then be sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identity and track users as they navigate different pages on a website, and to identify users returning to a website.
Different types of cookies
Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
In addition to the distinction above, further distinction can be made with regard to cookies which would include:
Technical cookies: These are cookies used to carry out the transmission of a communication on an electronic communications network, or insofar as this is strictly necessary for us in order to provide you with the relevant services as available through the website.
Profiling cookies: These are cookies that store information relating to you in order to provide you with more personalized services.
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. The cookies used on the website include those which are strictly necessary cookies for access and navigation, cookies that track usage (performance cookies), remember your choices (functionality cookies), and cookies that provide you with targeted content or advertising.
We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:
to recognise your computer when you visit the website
to track you as you navigate the website, and to enable the use of any e-commerce facilities
to improve the website's usability
to analyse the use of the website
in the administration of the website
to personalise the website for you, including targeting advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.
Third party cookies
When you use the website, you may also be sent third party cookies.
Our advertisers and service providers may send you cookies. 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
to target advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.
How to manage your cookie settings
There are various ways in which you can manage and control your cookie settings.
As mentioned above, you may disable or block the aforesaid cookies by clicking on the relevant links. You should bear in mind that, by deleting or blocking cookies, some or all of the websites you visit (or features of them) may not work properly or as effectively.
If you delete all cookies, then your preferences will not be remembered and you will be informed about cookies each time you visit our site.
You can manage your cookie settings via your web browser, as well as at the websites of the third parties who place cookies on your device via our websites.
Most modern web browsers will provide you with some general information about cookies, enable you to see what cookies you’ve got, allow you to delete them all or on an individual basis, and enable you block or allow cookies for all websites or individually selected websites. You can also normally turn off third party advertising cookies separately.
Please note that if you adjust your cookie settings via your web browser then, unless you delete or block each cookie individually, the changes will apply to all websites that you visit - not just our websites. You will also need to adjust your cookies on a browser-by-browser basis.