You may not have given any thought to how websites use data to improve their services, measure how popular the site is, or make sure that you receive content or adverts of interest to you.
These processes require information to be collected and processed. This commonly includes information about the devices you use (such as laptops and mobile phones) and information obtained from your browsing activities. This information is collected using cookies (small files of data sent by our Site, stored on your device and read by our Site) and other similar technologies such as tag, pixels and device identifiers which are deployed on or collected from your device when you land on a website or access content through a mobile app.
The types of cookie that we may use
Strictly necessary cookies – These cookies are required for the operation of our Site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Site.
Analytical/performance cookies – These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our Site and to see how visitors move around our Site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Site works, for example, by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily. All information collected by these cookies is aggregated (i.e. we could not identify you as an individual using the data).
Functionality cookies – These cookies enable us to recognise you when you return to our Site. This means we can personalise our content for you and remember your preferences.
Targeting cookies – These cookies record your visit to our Site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We use this information to make our Site more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties (such as our third-party advertising partners and digital agencies) for this purpose and to ensure that adverts that you see displayed are relevant to you.
Some of the cookies that we use are deleted when you close your browser. These cookies are known as ‘session cookies’.
Some other cookies have a longer lifetime (which varies cookie by cookie) and will be stored on your device until their expiration date. These are known as ‘persistent cookies’.
We have included a table at the end of this policy showing all of the cookies that we use on the Site if you would like more detail.
Third party cookies
For example, we use Google Analytics to learn how visitors are using our Site and how we could improve it. You can find out more about Google Analytics here.
We have deployed a cookie “consent management platform” which means that you will normally see a message on our Site before we place cookies on your device or browser. The message will describe the types of cookies we use and what information they might collect.
We will not place (and we won’t permit third parties to place) cookies other than “strictly necessary” cookies on your device or browser when using our Site unless you have told us that you are happy to do so using the consent management platform. You can update your preferences at any time below.
You can also block cookies using your browser settings. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies) you may not be able to access or use all or parts of our Site.
Detailed information on cookies
The following cookies are used on our website for all visitors: