What are cookies?
When you visit our website, small pieces of data will get stored on your browser, computer or other device. This includes the data being saved on our website. Generally, cookies contain anonymous information. This material then becomes accessible to the website on each later visit, or occasionally when you visit other websites.
Please also be aware we are able to collect information about your usage of our website from data contained in “log files.” Log files are NOT cookies. No personal data is stored and they are not used to identify your personal use of our website. Upon requesting any webpage from our website, web servers automatically obtain your internet protocol, or IP, address and domain name. However, nothing personal about you is shown and the data is just used to examine website traffic. It is also implemented into investigation purposes of abuse of our website and its users and/or to cooperate with law enforcement law.
- Your preferences of our website and services
- Your use of our website
- Specific identifiers such as your device and location
Please note that cookies are not harmful to your computer or other devices.
What cookies do we use?
We use four different types of cookie.
The first are Necessary Cookies. These are required for the operation of our website. However, they do not gather any information about you that could be used for marketing purposes or remembering what sites you have visited on the internet.
The second are Analytical/Performance Cookies. These are the cookies which allow us to collect information about how you use our website. For example, they will tell us how you move around our website and if you experience any errors. However, no personal data is collected. The information gathered is anonymous and is just used to help us improve the way our website works. They also aid us in understanding what our user’s interests are and measure how effective our advertising is. Third parties such as Google Analytics issue performance cookies as part of their services, which we then implement.
The third are Functionality Cookies. These will recognise you when you return to our website and are used to provide services. This is to enable us to personalise content for you. By remembering your preferences, we can ensure an improved visit to our site.
Finally, we use Targeting Cookies. These are there to record your visit to certain websites, links you have followed and pages you have visited. They link to services provided by third parties, such as “Share” and “Like” buttons. This is in return for recognising that you have visited the relevant website. Please be aware that third parties could subsequently use data from your visit to target advertising to you on other sites and show you advertisements that may be of interest to you.
How do I manage my cookie settings?
Please note that configuring your browser on any device to reject ‘Necessary,’ ‘Performance’ or ‘Functional’ cookies may be a detriment to your experience of our website. Furthermore, some parts will not function at all.
However, all browsers provide tools to allow you to control and handle cookies. These settings are usually accessible via the ‘settings,’ ‘preferences’ or ‘options’ menu of the browser you are using. You can also look for the help function or contact the browser provider if you require further assistance.
You are also able to use tools provided by said third parties to prevent their Targeting Cookies being set.