‘Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website. ‘Non-essential’ cookies and other technologies are only placed on your computer or device if you have consented to us doing so. For information on the difference between essential and non-essential cookies, see the section below entitled About cookies.
For information on how you consent and how you can withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies and other technologies on your computer or device, see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies.
Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.
Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.
Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
If you require further information about cookies in general, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org
We use the following cookies on or in relation to our website:
|Name of Cookie||Essential or Non-essential?||First or Third party?||Session or Persistent?||Expiry Time||Purpose|
|_ga||Non-essential||First party||Persistent||2 years||Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users on a website to generate statistical information about their use of the website.|
|_gat||Non-essential||First party||Session||End of session||Used by Google Analytics to throttle the number of requests received by users.|
|_gid||Non-essential||First party||Session||End of session||Used by Google Analytics to distinguish users on a website to generate statistical information about their use of the website.|
|ads/ga-audiences||Non-essential||Third party||Session||End of session||Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behaviour across websites.|
|collect||Non-essential||Third party||Session||End of session||Used by Google Analytics to send data to Google about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across
devices and marketing channels.
|NID||Non-essential||Third party||Persistent||6 months||Used by Google to register a unique ID that identifies a returning user’s device. The ID is used for targeted ads.|
|PHPSESSID||Essential||First party||Session||End of session||Used by our website to preserve a user session state across page requests.|
There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies and similar technologies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below.
You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website. However, please be aware that doing so may impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.
You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org
You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out information about how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:
Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third party applications which you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.
You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the browser add-on which is available here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
You can opt out of Facebook and other companies that participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance in Europe from showing you interest based ads by visiting http://www.youronlinechoices.com, selecting your country, clicking ‘Your Ad Choices’, then locating Facebook (and any other companies you want to block) and selecting the ‘Off’ option.