Cookies are text files which contain small pieces of information, sent by a web server to a web browser which allows the server to uniquely identify the browser on each page. They will be stored on your computer or phone when you visit a website. They cannot read information stored on your hard drive and are not used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.
Cookies can then be used to improve your browsing experience. They help understand how the site or service is being used, navigate between pages efficiently and remember your preferences. They can also help ensure marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.
The following are categories of cookies on our website:
- Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you have asked for such as remembering your login details cannot be provided.
- Performance cookies
These cookies collect anonymous information on how people use our website, such as count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. The data stored by these cookies do not show personal details from which your identity can be established.
- Functionality cookies
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. These cookies remember choices you make such as the country you visit our website from, language and search parameters. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
- Targeting cookies or advertising cookies
These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising more relevant to you and your interests or to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. The cookies are usually placed by third-party advertising networks. They remember the websites you visit and that information is shared with other parties such as advertisers. For example, we use third-party agencies to provide you with more personalised advertisements when visiting other websites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device.
- Social media cookies
These cookies allow you to share what you’ve been doing on the website on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Please refer to the respective privacy policies for how their cookies work.
- Third party cookies
Deleting or disabling cookies
Most browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. If you are uncomfortable with cookies, you can accept or decline cookies at any time by modifying your browser settings. You may refer to your browser Help to find out how this can be done. Please note that deleting or disabling cookies may affect a site’s performance. This may also affect the functionality of other websites that you visit.
Web beacons, also known as clear gifs, web bugs or pixel tags, are often used in combination with cookies. Some of our web pages may contain such electronic images to allow us to count users who have visited these pages.
Web beacons collect only limited information which includes a cookie number, and time and date of a page view. We may also carry web beacons placed by third party advertisers. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track a campaign’s effectiveness.
Web beacons cannot be declined. However, you can keep web beacons from tracking your activity by setting your browser to decline cookies or to prompt you for a response.
If you have comments or questions about this policy, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated 21 June 2018