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What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that stores Internet settings. Almost every website uses cookie technology. The cookie is downloaded by your Internet browser the first time you visit a website. The next time you visit this website from the same device, the cookie and the information in it are either sent back to the originating website (first-party cookies) or to another website to which it belongs (third-party cookies). By that, the website can detect that it has already been opened using this browser, and in some cases it will then vary the content it shows.
Some cookies are extremely useful because they can improve your user experience when you return to a website you have already visited. This assumes that you are using the same device and the same browser as before; if so, cookies will remember your preferences, will know how you use the website, and will adapt the content you are shown so that it is more relevant to your personal interests and needs.
Cookies on this website that do not require approval.
First-party cookies on this website that require consent
Cookies which, in strictly legal terms, are not absolutely essential in order to use this website, do nevertheless fulfill important functions. Without these cookies, features that enable our website to be used easily, such as pre-completed forms, will no longer be available. Settings you make, such as language choices, will no longer be saved, so you will be asked about them every time you change pages. As well as that, we will no longer have a way of presenting offers to you that are tailored to you personally.
The use on this website of third-party cookies that require consent
You can opt-out from cookies from Google Analytics here.
You can send a ‘Do-Not-Track’ request to various advertising networks here here.
When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.
In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, deliver advertisements on and through the Service, and so on.
Session cookies/essential cookies
A session cookie is stored in temporary memory and remains available for the duration of your active ‘session’ within the website only. All session cookies are deleted when you leave the site. This type of cookie can allow a website to keep track of your movement from page to page during an active session. This helps ensure that a web page does not ask for the same information many times. Session cookies/Essential cookies do not collect information about the user, but typically store data in the form of a unique identifier that does not personally identify you.
Persistent cookies/non-essential cookies
Authentication is a common example to remember your log-in details when re-visiting a website. Other website features made possible by persistent cookies include: language selection, theme selection, menu preferences, internal site bookmarks or favourites, among many others. On your first visit, the website is presented in default mode. During your visit, you select your preferences and these preferences are remembered, through the use of the persistent cookie, the next time you visit the site.
Websites enabled with web analytics tags such as Google Analytics, allow us to measure the performance of the pages on the website. We only use trusted web analytics platforms that provide statistical insight into interaction and behaviours of website visitors.
These platforms work by dropping a cookie onto your computer on our behalf. The information gathered by the cookies will be transmitted to a secure server and fed into the analytics software. This software will provide us with information about website usage that reflects visitor behaviours and used to enhance our website experience.
Cookie category consent settings
Strictly necessary cookies help make a website navigable by activating basic functions such as page navigation and access to secure website areas. Without these cookies, the website would not be able to work properly.
Functional cookies make it possible to save information that changes the way the website appears or acts. For instance your preferred language or region.
Statistical cookies help the website owner understand how visitors interact with the website by collecting and reporting information.
Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and interesting to the individual user and thus more valuable for publishers and third-party advertisers.
We are in the process of classifying unclassified cookies together with the providers of the individual cookies.
How do I turn cookies off?
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally, you have the option to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings, and check the following links for more browser-specific information.
If you do not want to accept cookies at all, then you can also configure that in your browser:
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly.
To switch off third-party advertising cookies, you can turn these off by visiting the Internet Advertising Bureau’s consumer advice site here.
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