What are cookies?
Cookies and similar technologies are very small text documents or pieces of code, which often include an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website or use a mobile application, a computer asks your computer or mobile device for permission to store this file on your computer or mobile device and access information from it. Information gathered through cookies and similar technologies may include the date and time of visits and how you are using the particular website or mobile application.
We may use first and third party cookies on our Site and/or in our emails. First party cookies are cookies placed by us to collect information about you. However, certain cookies available on our Site and/or in our emails are placed by third party website operators. This means that the information about you collected by those third party cookies will be shared with the relevant third party. Please refer to the relevant third party website operator’s privacy notice for more information about how they may use such information.
How long do cookies last?
All cookies have expiration dates that determine how long they stay in your browser:
Session Cookies – these are temporary cookies that expire (and are automatically erased) whenever you close your browser.
Persistent Cookies – these usually have an expiration date and so stay in your browser until they expire, or until you manually delete them.
Cookies used on our site
We use the following types of cookies on our Site:
Essential Cookies – Essential cookies are those cookies which are essential for the operation of a website.
Functionality Cookies – These cookies recognise you when you return to a website, they remember your preferences and they provide enhanced, more personalised features.
Analytics/Performance Cookies – Analytics cookies, along with other information, allow websites to calculate the aggregate number of people using a website and which features of a website are most popular. This information is generally used to improve the website.
The bullet points below set out more information about the individual cookies we may use on our Site and the purposes for which they are used.
_ga - 3rd party, analytical, lasts 2 years. This is a Google Analytics cookie. It registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on the use of our Site. More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html
_gat - 3rd party, analytical, lasts for the session only. This is a Google Analytics cookie. It is used to throttle the request rate on our Site. More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html
_gid - 3rd party, analytical, lasts for the session only. This is a Google Analytics cookie. It registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on the use of our Site. More information about Google Analytics can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html
Non-essential Cookies – We may only store and access non-essential cookies on your device with your permission. You are not obliged to give consent to our use of non-essential cookies. Further, if you give your consent and then change your mind you can block or delete them (see below).
Essential Cookies – Please note that we do not need your consent to store and access essential cookies on your device, although you can still block or delete them (see below).
Refusing, blocking and deleting cookies
Please be aware that in order to use some parts of our Site you will need to allow certain essential or functional cookies. If you subsequently block or delete those cookies, some aspects of our Site may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of our Site.