We aim to be as open and transparent as possible around the information we collect when you visit our websites, including through the use of "cookies".
This policy explains what cookies are and how we use them. It also explains the different types of cookies we use, and how you can change or delete them.
What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files they are stored by your browser onto your computer or mobile device. They are widely used in order to make websites work or work in a better, more efficient way. They can do this because websites can read and write these files, enabling them to recognise you and remember important information that will make your use of a website more convenient (eg by remembering your user preferences).
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you do not want information collected this way, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to deny or accept the cookies feature (please read section 3 below for more details about how to do this).
What cookies are we using?
The two types of cookies we use are known as "session" cookies and "persistent" cookies. These may be cookies which we use and/or a third party uses.
A session cookie is used each time you visit our website to give you a session ID. We use this type of cookie to link your actions on our website and each session cookie will only last for a browser session, at the end of which it will expire. Each browser session will start when you open your browser window and finish when you close your browser window. After your visit to our website all session cookies are deleted. Each time you visit our website you will have a different session ID.
Performance cookies collect information about the use of a website and help to improve the way a website works. For example, performance cookies may show which are the most frequently visited pages, help to record any difficulties with a website and show whether advertising on a website is effective or not. Performance cookies do not collect information that identifies a user personally and all information that is collected by these cookies is aggregated and anonymous.
How do third parties use the cookies on our website?
To disable or reject third party cookies you must go to the relevant third party's website. You can control third party cookies on your browser, click here for further information.
How can i control cookies?
You can control which cookies you get and which you keep on your device. Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse our cookies, our system will issue cookies when you visit our website.
Many web browsers can be set up to ask for your prior consent before an individual cookie is set on your device. This will give you control over your cookies but naturally may interfere with your browsing experience ie if you have to accept each cookie on our website (and on other websites you visit).
Please note that by deleting cookies or disabling future cookies you may be unable to access certain areas or features of our website.