What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer, phone or other device if you agree. Once the cookie is on your device, our Websites "know" that you have visited our Websites before and we can then use that knowledge to tailor the experience you have with us. Many improvements and updates to our Websites are based directly on the information we receive this way.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies.These cookies are needed to operate our Websites, like cogs in a wheel. For example, this type of cookie lets you log into secure areas of our Websites.
- Analytical/performance cookies.These allow us to recognise, count and understand how visitors move around our Websites when they are using them. This helps us improve the way our Websites work, for example, by ensuring you can easily find what you are looking for. Our Websites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our Websites. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our Websites, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. This information will be used by us and third parties to make our Websites, and the advertising displayed on them, more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
- Social media cookies. So you can easily "Like" or share our content on certain social media websites, such as Facebook or Twitter, we have included sharing buttons on some of our Websites. These cookies are set by the third party social media websites to which they relate, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
You can find more information about the cookies we use on particular Websites, and the purposes for which we use them below:
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 strictly necessary cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Websites. You can also opt-out of almost all advertising cookies. Opting out of advertising cookies, however, does not mean that you will no longer see adverts, it means they will no longer be tailored for you.