A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are 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.
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.
“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 colors; 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 “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.
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.
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.