A cookie is a small text file (made up of letters and numbers) that we store on your browser (such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari) if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive and help us to understand who has seen which pages, determine how frequently particular pages are visited and to recognise you and your preferences on future visits you make to our site.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences.
- 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. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Session versus persistent cookies
The different categories of cookies mentioned above may either be session or persistent cookies. Here’s a brief explanation of what these terms mean:
These only last for the duration of your online session and disappear from your device when you close your browser. (You can find more information about them here: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/persistent-cookies-used-for.html.) In short, they enable us to:
- Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customise our site and provide you with content that is targeted at your individual interests.
- Recognise you when you return to our site and track your actions during a single browsing session.
These cookies remain on your device between browsing sessions. (You can find out more information about them here: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/persistent-cookies-used-for.html). In a nutshell, we use them to:
- Authenticate you and remember your preferences.
- Assess how much traffic is coming to our site and balance the load on our servers.
- Improve your experience on our site.
Session and persistent cookies can be either first or third party cookies. A first party cookie is set by the website being visited (that means us when you are viewing our website); a third-party cookie is set by a different website (that might mean websites such as Google Analytics, advertising networks, or cookies set by integrated third-party social plugins such as Facebook and Twitter). Please note that both types of cookie may be used by us or our business partners and that we have no direct control over the information that is collected by third-party cookies.
What cookies do we use?
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|SSESS*||This is a cookie that generates a random number key for your session and is essential to enable the CMS (Content Management System) to work.|
|session_api_session||This is a cookie that generates a session key for you when you start to use the Website and is essentiall to enable CMS.|
|__utma, __utmb, __utmc, ... __utmz||These are cookies that interface with Google Analytics. Analytics is used to capture information about your visit to the website.|
|has_js||This is a cookie that checks to see if you have Javscript enabled on your machine. Information is changed depending on this check and it is essential to enable the CMS to work.|
|__unam||This cookie counts click and shares of a page.|
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. If at any time, however, you wish to disable cookies, you may block them by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to do this. However, if you readjust your browser settings to block cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to register with us, access all or parts of our website, or use all feature of our site. If you choose to disable or delete cookies generated or used by our site, you acknowledge that you do so at your own risk and accept that it may result in impaired functionality of our site, for which we shall not be held liable.
For more information on cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information provided by the Interactive Advertising Bureau at www.aboutcookies.org.