Notice on Cookies

Cookies and other technical information

Our Sites and third party service providers may use cookies and other similar technology such as “Web beacons”. Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a site. Cookies are then sent back to the originating site on each subsequent visit, or to another site that recognises that cookie. You can find more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org

Web beacons (or Web bugs) are small strings of code that provide a method for delivering a graphic image on a site for the purpose of transferring data, such as the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the Web beacon appears, the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of the page on which the Web beacon appears, the time the page containing the Web beacon was viewed, the types of browser that fetched the Web beacon and the identification number of any cookie on the computer previously placed by that server. When corresponding with you via HTML capable email, Web beacons let us know whether you received and opened our email.

Our Site uses the following types of cookies:

  • Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the Site and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the Site. Without these cookies, services like enabling appropriate content based on your type of device cannot be provided.
  • Performance Cookies: These cookies collect information about how visitors use the Site, so that we can analyse traffic and understand how our visitors use our Sites. We may use third party service providers for this purpose who may use their own cookies. These cookies don’t collect information that identify an individual visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the Site works.

You can find out more information about Google Analytics cookies here:

https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage

We use Google Analytics to analyse traffic. It is only used to improve how the Site works. Google Analytics uses its own cookies. These cookies don’t collect information that identify a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.

You can avoid the use of Google Analytics relating to your use of our Sites by downloading and installing the Browser Plugin available via this link:

https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB

  • Functionality Cookies: These cookies allow our Sites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
  • Social Media Cookies: These cookies are used when you share information using a social media sharing button or “like” button on our Sites or you link your account or engage with our content on or through a social media site such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+. The social network will record that you have done this. This information may be linked to targeting/advertising activities.
  • Advertising Cookies: Some of our Sites may use a third party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising.  These may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites and apps.  If you would like more information on targeted advertising and how to opt out of it, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com.

If you don't want to receive cookies, you can also alter your browser settings or your mobile device settings. The procedure for doing so varies from one browser application to another.  If you wish to reject cookies from our Site, but wish to accept those from other sites, you may be able to choose the option in your browser settings to receive a notice before a cookie is stored on your device.  Please consult the “Help” section of your browser for more information.   To find out more, please consult the following:

http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/ and Your Online Choices.  By disabling cookies, you may be prevented from accessing some features of our Sites or certain content or functionality may not be available.