A “cookie” is
a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive if you
agree to this and which records how you move your way around a website so that,
when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the
information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse
traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
We are required to obtain your consent for all
non-essential cookies used on our website. You can block cookies (including
essential cookies) at any time by activating the setting on your browser that
allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your
browser settings to block essential cookies you may not be able to access all
or parts of our site.
Cookies can be set by us (“first party
cookies”) or by selected other companies who place cookies on our site to
enable features or functionality to be provided on or through the website you
are using, such as advertising, interactive content and analytics (“third party
cookies”). The third parties that set these third party cookies can recognise
your device both when it visits our website and also when it visits certain
other websites or services. These service providers are subject to
confidentiality provisions with us to restrict their use and collection of any
personal data. However, please note that we do not control these third party
cookies and we suggest you read the third parties’ privacy policies.
to track your use of our website. This enables us to understand how you use the
site and track any patterns with regards how you are using our website. This
helps us to develop and improve our website as well as products and / or
services in response to what you might need or want.
o Session cookies: these are only stored on your
computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close
your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to
browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect
any personal data from your computer; or
o Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored
as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web
browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit
that website again. [We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.]
also be categorised as follows:
o Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are
essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product
and / or service. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our
website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you
that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the
o Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to
monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us
to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are
o Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our
website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For
instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the
services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested
such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies
collect is usually anonymised.
o Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visit
to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We
will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on
it more relevant to your interests.
o Social Media cookies: These cookies are set by a range of
social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our
content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your
browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This
may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you
do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing
o Other tracking technologies: We and our
third party partners may use other, similar technologies from time to time like
web beacons, pixels (or “clear gifs”) and other tracking technologies. These
are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to
recognise when someone has visited our website or, in the case of web beacons,
opened an e-mail that we have sent them. This allows us, for example, to
monitor the traffic patterns of users within our website, to understand whether
you have come to our website from an online advertisement displayed on a
third-party website, to serve targeted advertisements to you and others like
you, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of marketing
campaigns. While you may not have the ability to specifically reject or disable
these tracking technologies, in many instances these technologies are reliant
on cookies to function properly; accordingly, in those instances, declining
cookies will impair functioning of these technologies.
third party cookies: First party cookies are cookies set by our website.
our web traffic using an analytics package. Aggregated usage data helps us improve the website structure,
design, content and functions.
whether you are signed in to our website. A cookie allows us to check whether you are signed in to the site.
content on our website. For example,
50% of our users might see one piece of content, the other 50% a different
piece of content.
information about your preferences. The
website can then present you with information you will find more relevant
recognise when you return to our website. We may show your relevant content, or provide functionality you
not provide us with access to your computer or any information about you, other
than that which you choose to share with us. You can change the settings on
your browser to prevent cookies being stored on your computer without your explicit
You can alter your cookie preferences at any time through
our cookie settings. Please refresh your page to ensure that the new
settings have taken effect. You can also control your cookie settings through
your web browser.
If you have any questions about the cookies that we
use, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.