Cookies

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 recognize 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

 

COOKIE CATEGORIZATION

To help you understand cookies, we have classified each cookie as one of the following:

Strictly necessary cookie

These cookies are essential to a website in order to enable a user to move around and to use a websites features, such as remembering information entered on forms when a user moves between pages within a browser session. Without strictly necessary cookies, certain services on a website may not be made possible and a website may not perform as smoothly as it should.

Performance cookie

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.

Functionality cookie

Functionality cookies allow a website to remember the choices you make and to provide enhanced and more personal features. Functionality cookies also remember changes you have made, such as customizing a certain webpage and for other services you request such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. Functionality cookies will not track your activity on other websites.

Targeting cookie or advertising cookie

Targeting cookies or advertising cookies are used to deliver adverts which are more relevant to you and your interests, or to limit the number of times you see the same advert on a website. These types of cookie are also used to help measure the effectiveness of an adverting campaign. These cookies may be used to remember what you have looked at on a website.

 

WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE ON OUR WEBSITE?

Functionality cookie:

language – store your language setting

currency – store your currency setting

 

Strictly necessary (for basic functionality and keeping user logged in):

PHPSESSID

default

 

Third party cookies Google Analytics:

_ga

_gid

 

MANAGING 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).

You may refuse to accept our cookies on your device at any time by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse cookies. We have included links below to direct you to the pages of the main web browsers sites which provide details about changing your browser settings. For information on how to control cookies on web browsers which are not included below or on other devices which you use to view our website (such as on mobile phones and other mobile devices) please refer to your user manual.

Please note that by deleting cookies or disabling future cookies you may be unable to access certain areas or features of our website and it will mean that settings such as your stored username and password may have to be reset. If you adjust your cookie settings this will also affect the other websites you visit.

All of the major browsers offer tips and guidance for managing the cookies available on your browser including: Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

 

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari for iOS
Cookie settins in Safari for Mountain Lion

 

There are also lots of different third party browser plugins and extensions available which you can download to make it easier to see and control your cookies. We have included a list of examples of these for the main browsers below: Ghostery

 

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COOKIES?

You can find out more information about internet advertising by visiting the following information websites:

www.allaboutcookies.org
www.yourchoicesonline.eu
www.networkadvertising.org