What are cookies:
Cookies are very small text documents or pieces of software code, which often include an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website or use a mobile application, a computer asks your PC or mobile device for permission to store this file on your computer or mobile device and access information from it. Information gathered through Cookies include the date and time of visits and how you are using the website or mobile application.
Cookies are used by us and our third party partners as part of our Sites. Details of the Cookies used on our Sites and any applicable third party partner are set out in the table below.
Categories of cookies.
Based on what function cookies have and the purpose for which cookies are used, there are four categories of cookie: strictly necessary cookies, performance cookies, functional cookies and marketing cookies.
- Strictly necessary cookies – Are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, some services cannot be provided – for example, remembering previous actions when navigating back to a page in the same session.
- Performance cookies – Gather information about how a website is used – for example, which pages a visitor opens most often, and whether the user receives error messages from some pages. These cookies do not save information that would allow the user to be identified. The collected information is aggregated, and therefore anonymous. These cookies are used exclusively to improve the performance of the website, and with it the user experience.
- Functional cookies – Enable a website to save information which has already been entered (such as user names, languages choices, and your location), so that it can offer you improved and more personalised functions. For example, a website can offer your local, price-relevant tax information if it uses a cookie to remember the region in which you are currently located. Functional cookies are also used to enable features you request such as playing videos. These cookies collect anonymous information and cannot track your movements on other websites.
- Marketing cookies – Are used to deliver adverts and other communications more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement and to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They remember whether you have visited a website or not, and this information can be shared with other organisations such as advertisers (this includes advertising technologies on websites such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter). Cookies for improving group targeting and advertising will often be linked to site functionality provided by other organisations.
What happens when you do not consent to cookies and/or you choose to block cookies that you have previously accepted?
In order to use some parts of our Sites you will need to consent to Cookies. You can choose to withhold consent, or subsequently block cookies which can be done by changing your browser settings. However,by withholding consent and/or blocking cookies, some aspects of our Sites may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of Sites.
You can find more information about Cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org