What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is placed on your web browser, or on the hard drive of your computer or mobile device.
First and third-party cookies: whether a cookie is a ‘first’ or ‘third’ party cookie depends on the domain (or website) that places the cookie. First-party cookies are set by the website that is actually being visited , whereas third-party cookies are set by a domain other than the website that is currently being viewed. If a user visits a website and another web service sets a cookie through that website, this would be a third-party cookie.
Session cookies: these cookies are temporary and only last as long a user’s ‘ browser session’. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Once the browser is closed, all session cookies will be deleted.
Persistent cookies: these cookies remain on a user’s device after a browser session has finished. How long each cookie lasts will be specified by each cookie. Persistent cookies will be activated each time that a user revisits the website that placed the particular cookie.
How to delete and block our cookies
You can block cookies by using the settings of your web browser, which will allow you to refuse some or all cookies (for tips on how to do this, see the section “How to turn cookies off?” below). Please bear in mind, though, that if you chose to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access some or all of this website.
How to turn cookies off?
Internet browsers allow you to control your cookie settings, which are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. Otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option of your internet browser to find more details.
Can I withdraw my consent?
What cookies do we use and why?
The cookies used on this website are categorized as follows:
‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies allow us to provide some essential features on our websites, such as secure areas and shopping baskets. Without these cookies, we would not be able to provide some of the services that you have asked to use. The ‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies that we use do not gather any personal information about you that can be used for marketing purposes or for tracking where you have been on the internet.
We use these Strictly Necessary cookies to:
Identify you as being logged-in to this website;
Make sure that you connect to the right service on this site when we make any changes to the way the website works;
To route users to specific applications of a service, or specific servers.
‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies are essential to the proper functioning of this website, so if you chose to block these cookies we cannot guarantee your use of the site, or how the security on this site will perform during your visit.
“Performance” cookies collect information about how you use this website (e.g. which pages you visit, or if you experience any errors). These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and are only used to help us improve how this website works, understand what interests our users, and measure how effective our advertising is.
We use Performance cookies for:
Web Analytics: To provide statistics on how this website is used;
Error Management: To help us improve this website by measuring any errors that occur;
Testing Designs: To test different designs for this website;
Tracking and monitoring the site’s content to improve the user experience.
Some of the “Performance” cookies we use are managed by third parties, and you may refer to the third parties’ own website privacy notifications for further information.
By using this website, you accept our use of “Performance” cookies. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using this website, so if you prevent them we cannot guarantee how this site will perform for you.
“Functionality” cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit.
We use Functionality cookies to:
Remember settings you’ve applied, such as layout, text size, preferences, and colours;
Remember if we’ve already asked you if you want to fill in a survey or poll;
Show you when you’re logged in to this website.
Some of these cookies are managed by third parties. Where this is the case we don’t allow the third party to use the cookies for any purpose other than those listed above.
“Targeting” cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as ‘Like’ buttons and ‘Share’ buttons. Third parties provide these services in return for recognizing that you have visited this website.
We use Targeting cookies to:
Link to social networks like Facebook, who may subsequently use information about your visit to target advertising to you on other websites;
Provide advertising agencies with information on your visit so that they can present you with advertisements in which you may be interested.
You can control whether or not these cookies are used, but preventing them may stop us from offering you some services or targeted advertising.
Other Tracking Mechanisms
We may also engage third parties to track and analyze data collected from our websites. We use the data collected by such third parties to help us administer and improve the quality of our websites and to analyze usage.