We last updated our policy on 29th November 2020.
1. Information about cookies
A cookie is a small text file that is placed onto your computer (or other electronic device) when you access our website.
There are 4 different types of cookies:
- Strictly-necessary cookies (required for the website to run). These allow you to do things like log in securely.
- Performance cookies (which measure how many visitors use our site, which pages they visit and how they interact with the site). These help us to improve our website.
- Functionality cookies (which remember specific visitor’s preferences for the way they use our site, e.g. language settings or font size).
- Targeting/advertising cookies (these collect information about individual visitors that enable us, or third parties, to provide relevant advertisements to those who have visited our site)
Our website may use each type of cookie in order to:
- Make your online experience more efficient and enjoyable
- Improve our services
- Recognise you whenever you visit this website and distinguish you from other users of our site
- Obtain information about your preferences and use of our site
- Provide you with advertising that is tailored to your interests
- Carry out research and data analysis to help us to improve our content and services and to better understand our customer preferences and interests
Your web browser places cookies on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about you.
We have set out specific details of the cookies we use on our site in section 4 below.
2. Third-party cookies
Like many other websites, third parties may also set cookies on our website. These third parties are responsible for the cookies they set on our site and we have no control over them. For further information on how their cookies policies work, please visit their websites.
3. Managing cookies
You can manage cookies yourself.
You will need to visit the web browser’s site to manage, but for ease we have provided links to popular browsers below:
- Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
- Microsoft Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
- Apple Safari: https://support.apple.com/kb/ph21411?locale=en_US
For further information about cookies and how to manage or disable them please go to: www.aboutcookies.org.
Please also note that if you change/block cookies then:
- some parts of our website may not function properly or as well as they otherwise might;
- changes will apply across all websites that you visit (unless you choose to block cookies only from particular websites); and
- the settlings that you change will only apply on the device on which you change the settings and will not apply across all other devices that you use.
4. Specific details
We have set out in the table below details of each of the cookies on our site, a description of what they do and, where relevant, external links that provide more information about them:
|Cookie Name||Description||External Information (if relevant)|
You can prevent Google Analytics from using your information by opting out at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
|Performance Cookies||These cookies collect information about the use of the website, such as pages visited, traffic sources, users’ interests, content management, and other website measurements.|
|Functional Cookies||These cookies enable the website to remember a user’s choices – such as their language, user name, and other personal choices – while using the website. They can also be used to deliver services, such as letting a user make a blog post, listen to audio, or watch videos on the website.|
|Media Cookies||These cookies can be used to improve a website’s performance and provide special features and content. They can be placed by third parties who provide services to us or by our company.|
|Advertising or Targeting Cookies||These cookies are usually placed and used by advertising companies to develop a profile of your browsing interests and serve advertisements on other websites that are related to your interests. You will see less advertising if you disable these cookies.|
|Session Cookies||These cookies allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes, such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping cart as they browse a website. Session cookies also permit users to be recognized as they navigate a website so that any item or page changes they make are remembered from page to page. Session cookies expire after a browser session; thus, they are not stored long term.|
|Persistent Cookies||These cookies are stored on a user’s device in between browser sessions, which allows the user’s preferences or actions across a site (or, in some cases, across different sites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes, including remembering users’ choices and preferences when using a website or to target advertising to them.|
|Identifying the areas of our website that you have visited
• Personalizing content that you see on our website
• Our website analytics
• Remarketing our products or services to you
• Remembering your preferences, settings, and login details
• Targeted advertising and serving ads relevant to your interests
• Affiliate marketing
• Allowing you to post comments
• Allowing you to share content with social networks
|Web Beacons||We may also use a technology called web beacons to collect general information about your use of our website and your use of special promotions or newsletters. The information we collect by web beacons allows us to statistically monitor the number of people who open our emails. Web beacons also help us to understand the behavior of our customers, members, and visitors.|