What is a Cookie?
A Cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to "remember" your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support Cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like.
Remember users' custom preferences
Help users complete tasks without having to re‑enter information when browsing from one page to another or when visiting the site later.
They can also be used for online behavioural target advertising and to show adverts relevant to something that the user searched for in the past.
How are they used?
What are the different types of Cookies?
These are Cookies which are essential for the running of our websites. Without these Cookies, parts of our websites would not function. These Cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes.
Functional Cookies are used to remember your preferences on our websites and to provide enhanced, more personal features. The information collected by these Cookies is usually anonymised, so we cannot identify you personally. Functional Cookies do not track your internet usage or gather information which could be used for selling advertising, but they do help with serving advertising.
Analytical performance Cookies are used to monitor the performance of our websites, for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users a website has. Web analytics services may be designed and operated by third parties. The information provided by these Cookies allows us to analyse patterns of user behaviour and use that information to enhance user experience or identify areas of the website which may require maintenance. The information is anonymous (i.e. it cannot be used to identify you and does not contain personal information such as your name and email address) and it is only used for statistical purposes.
BEHAVIOURAL ADVERTISING COOKIES
Behavioural advertising Cookies, which may be placed on your device by us or our trusted third party service providers, remember that you have visited a website and use that information to provide you with advertising which is tailored to your interests. This is often called online behavioural advertising (OBA) and is done by grouping together shared interests based upon web browsing history. Your web browsing history can be used to infer things about you (e.g. your age, gender etc.), and this information may also be used to make advertising on websites more relevant to you. Although behavioural advertising Cookies can track your activity around the internet they cannot identify you personally, even if you are signed in to our website. Without these Cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests.
How to control and delete Cookies
If you want to restrict or block the Cookies we set, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘help’ function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you could visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on Cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You’ll also find details on how to delete Cookies from your computer.