1. What is a cookie?
A cookie is a file that is stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit websites and enables us or third parties (1) to provide specific functionality on a website, (2) perform data analyses, and (3) save your preferences in order to speed up your future activities and personalise your experience on our website. Cookies can do this, as the Sites can read and edit these small files. They allow the Sites to recognise you, remember important information about you in order to improve your experience with the website (e.g. your preferred settings), and display content (including advertising) personalised to you.
Some cookies store personal data, for example if you click ‘Save password’ on logging in. However, most cookies do not collect any data that can identify you, but rather more general data such as the name of the website from which the cookie came, the ‘lifetime’ of the cookie (i.e. how long the cookie will remain on your device), the importance of the cookie and a number, which is typically randomly generated.
2. What technologies do we use?
3. How can I manage my cookie settings?
Although this may change in the near future, most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but they leave it up to you to change these settings in order to delete existing cookies, block future cookies, or alert you when cookies are sent to your device. Please take note of your browser settings and instructions to do this. If you adjust your settings, please note that you may not be able to use all of our features, we may not be able to save your preferences and some of our Sites may not be fully displayed. Please note also that if you use different computers in different locations, you will need to configure your browser settings accordingly on each computer.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0, 11.0
Click on the gear icon in the top right of your browser window, then select ‘Internet options’, and then click on the ‘Privacy’ tab. Under 'Settings’, click on ‘Advanced’. Then select ‘Accept’ to allow cookies.
Click on the three dots icon in the top right and then select ‘Settings’. Click on ‘Privacy & security’ in the left-hand menu. You will find the ‘Cookies’ option in the ‘Browsing data’ section. Select ‘Block all cookies’ to prevent cookies from being stored.
Google Chrome (latest version)
Click on the three dots icon in the top right of your browser window and select ‘Settings’. Click on ‘Privacy and security’ on the left and then go to ‘Site Settings’. Click on ‘Cookies and site data’, then select ‘Allow sites to save and read cookie data’ to allow cookies. If you do not want to allow cookies, untick this option, and tick ‘Block third-party cookies’ and ‘Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome’.
Click on the Safari icon in the top right of your browser window and select ‘Preferences’. Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab. Make sure that all options to block cookies are unticked. If you do not want to allow cookies, select ‘Block all cookies’.
You can also manage your cookie settings on the following websites: http:www.aboutads.info/choices or http://www.youronlinechoices.eu.
Since a web beacon is part of a website, it is not possible to block web beacons, but you can render them useless by blocking the cookies that enable the web beacons.
4. More information
If you would like to learn more about cookies, please visit the website www.allaboutcookies.org.