A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer (if you consent to us using cookies). Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.
Types of Cookies
These cookies let you use the different parts of the Website. Without them services that you want cannot be provided. Some examples of how we use these cookies are:
- Signing into an account on the Website;
- Remembering previous actions such as text entered into a registration form when navigating back to a page in the same session;
- Remembering security settings which restrict access to certain content e.g. to help with parental control cookies.
These help us to personalise the Website to you. For example, remembering your preferences and settings so that we will remember them using functional cookies to give you information on the Website personalised to you.
Some examples of these cookies are:
- Flash cookies, which are stored on your hard drive, not your browser. These are useful for things e.g. pausing something;
- Remembering if you visited the Website before so that messages for new visitors to the Website are not displayed to you when you return to the Website;
- Remembering settings applied to the Website such as colour, font size and layout.
These help us understand how people are using the Website, so we can make it better and allow us to try new things to improve your experience on the Website. The information gathered does not identify any individual and is aggregated.
We sometimes get other companies to analyse how people are using the Website. These companies may set their own performance cookies.
Some examples of how we use these cookies are:
- To collect information about which web pages visitors go to most often so we can improve the online experience;
- To collect information about the platforms that referred visitors to our Website;
- Error management to make sure that the Website is working properly;
- Testing designs to help improve the look and feel of our Website.
We use this information to help run our Website more efficiently, to gather broad demographic information and to monitor the level of activity on our Website.
Content Sharing and Social Networking Cookies
These cookies enable users to share pages and content through third party social networking and other platforms. The companies that serve these cookies may also use your information to serve targeted advertising on other platforms.
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of the Website.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org or www.youronlinechoices.com/uk.