What are Cookies
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are sent to your browser and stored on your computer, mobile phone or other device when you visit a website. The cookies send information back to the website each time you return.
Cookies can be permanent (these are known as persistent cookies) where they remain on your computer until you delete them, or temporary (these are known as session cookies) where they last only until you close your browser.
Cookies can also be first-party cookies, which are those set by the website which is being visited, or third-party cookies which are set by someone other than the owner of the website being visited.
Cookies we use & what they are for
The cookies we use on our services can be categorised as follows:
Strictly necessary cookies:
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use the services you have asked for, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
We use this type of cookie to handle user registration and login. Without these cookies services you have asked for cannot be provided. These cookies are first-party cookies, and can be either permanent or temporary. In short, without these cookies our services won't work properly.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often and for how long. We use these cookies to:
- provide statistics on how our Services is used;
- measure the delivery of our advertising campaigns (we don't use this information to target adverts to you).
These cookies could be permanent or temporary cookies, first-party or third-party cookies. In short, these cookies collect information on the pages visited and the adverts viewed.
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the country you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. We use these cookies to: - remember whether a service has already been provided to you - enhance the overall experience across the website by remembering your preferences.
These cookies could be permanent or temporary, first-party or third-party cookies. In short, these cookies remember choices you make to improve your user experience.
These cookies are used to limit the number of times you see an advert as well as help measure the delivery of advertising campaigns. Advertising cookies are used to manage the advertising across the website (these cookies are not used on our websites to target advertising to you).
Advertising cookies are placed by approved third parties such as advertisers and their agents, and can be permanent or temporary cookies. In short, they are related to advertising services provided by approved third parties on our website.
How to manage and remove cookies
If you would like to restrict, block or remove cookies you can do this through your web browser settings. Depending on which browser you are using the steps required vary slightly. Click on any of the browser links below for instructions.
- Internet Explorer https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
- Firefox http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Cookies
- Google Chrome http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647
- Opera https://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/privacy/
- Safari http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042
- Safari iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677
If you are not using any of the above browsers, then the "Help" function within your web browser will tell you what you need to do.
Please note that certain areas of our websites can only be accessed by having cookies enabled and you should be aware that disabling cookies may prevent you from accessing some of our content and enjoying the full features of our websites.
For information on how to manage cookies on your mobile device browser, you will need to refer to your handset manual.