What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
Session cookies – temporary cookies which remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the Website; and Persistent cookies – which remain in the cookie file of your browser for a longer period of time (the duration of this period will depend on the ‘lifetime’ of the specific cookie).
What is the nature of the cookie-derived information we collect?
When you visit the Website, our server will record your IP address, the date, time and duration of your visit and which areas of the Website you visit. Your IP address is an assigned number allocated to your browser when you log on to the internet which acts as the ‘address’ of your computer whilst you are online and enables web servers to locate and deliver content to you. It is usually allocated on a temporary basis, i.e. for the duration of your session online. Cookie-derived information we collect is anonymous and represents a computer rather than a person. You cannot be personally identified from it and we use it solely on an anonymous, aggregated basis.
Can I decline to accept cookies?
You are not obliged to accept a cookie that we (or any other web server) send to you. Most browsers accept cookies automatically but you can modify the settings in your browser to turn off this feature. However, cookies are integral to some areas of the Website and to certain of our online services, so if you do choose not to accept cookies from us, you may not be able to utilise some areas of the Website and we may not be able to provide certain online services to you.
How do I modify my browser to turn off (“disable”) cookies?
You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. To find out how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Use of Web Beacons
Some of our Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web Beacons (sometimes known as clear gif’s) that allow us to count users who have visited these pages. Web Beacons collect only limited information, which includes a cookie number, time and date of a page viewed and a description of the page on which the Web Beacon resides. We may also carry Web Beacons placed by third party advertisers. These Beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign.
Where can I find further information on cookies?
For further information on cookies, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org