What is a cookie?
When you visit a website, it may store a small piece of data called a cookie on your device.
This data usually contains information about the website, a unique identifier that allows it to recognise you when you return, additional data related to the cookie’s purpose, and the lifespan of the cookie.
Cookies are used for various reasons. They may enable certain features, such as logging in, track how you use the site, store your user settings, and personalise your content.
Cookies set by the website you are visiting are known as first-party cookies. They typically only monitor your activity on that particular website. Meanwhile, third-party cookies are set by other sites and companies. They can be used to track you on other sites that use the same third-party service.
Types of cookies and how we use them
We use four types of cookies on our websites:
- Essential cookies that are essential for our website to work;
- Performance cookies that anonymously count interactions on our website;
- Functional cookies that remember your preferences;
- Targeting or advertising cookies that are used for marketing activities;
Essential cookies are crucial to your experience of a website, enabling core features like user logins, account management, shopping carts, and payment processing.
We use essential cookies to enable certain functions on our website.
This type of cookie collects anonymous and aggregated data which helps us to understand your usage of the website.
This information is used to identify and diagnose problems, as well as to improve the overall website experience.
Performance cookies may be set by our website (first-party) or by third-party services. They do not collect any personal information about you.
This allows us to remember your preferences and provide enhanced, more personal features. For example, cookies may be used to remember your safe search preferences, to make the ads you see more relevant to you, or to count how many visitors we receive to a page.
Functionality cookies are used to collect data about your device and any settings you configure on the website you’re visiting, like language and time zone settings.
This helps websites provide you with customised, enhanced, or optimised content and services. The cookies can be set by the website you’re visiting (first-party) or by third-party services.
We use functionality cookies on our site for selected features. This allows us to remember your preferences and give you enhanced, more personalised features. For instance, cookies may be used to remember your safe search preferences, make the ads you see more relevant to you, or count the number of visitors to a page.
These help us determine what promotional content is most relevant and appropriate to you and your interests.
We can also limit the number of times you see an advertisement on our site. This helps us improve the effectiveness of our campaigns and the quality of content presented to you.
Third-party services may set these cookies. This means that they may track you on other websites that use the same third-party service.
Accepting/blocking cookies on our website
When you first come to the website, you can manage your cookies using the toggles below. Remember, if you switch off all cookies, some features of the website won’t be available and it may not work as intended.
Accepting/blocking cookies using your browser
You can accept or block any cookies from any website through your browser settings. Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:
• Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
• Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
• Safari: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411?locale=en_US
• Microsoft Edge: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4468242/microsoft-edge-browsing-data-and-privacy-microsoft-privacy
• Opera: http://help.opera.com/Windows/10.20/en/cookies.html
If you share the use of a computer, the acceptance or blocking of cookies will affect all users of that computer. Blocking all cookies may negatively impact the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you may not be able to make full use of our website.
For more information on cookies, please visit the Information Commissioner’s website www.ico.org.uk.