1. What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto 'terminal equipment' (e.g. a computer, smartphone or other internet enabled mobile device) when the user accesses a website. Cookies serve many purposes such as helping the website recognise a user's device and store some information about the user's preferences or past actions, to help generally improve the user’s browsing experience.
3. How can you control cookies?
3.1. You can consent to, or block the use of, specific cookies by activating the relevant settings in your browser or in the case of third party cookies – by contacting the third parties directly. We don't have access to the cookies which third parties place on the website; other than allowing them to be served.
3.2. If you would like more information about these practices and to know your choices about not having this information used by certain of these companies, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com and www.networkadvertising.org/choices.
3.3. In order to use some parts of our site, you will need to consent to cookies. If you choose to withhold consent, or subsequently block cookies, some aspects of our site may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of the site. You may also experience some inconvenience in your use of our website. For example, we may not be able to recognise your computer, smartphone or mobile device and you may need to log in every time you visit our website.
4. What cookies do we track?
4.1. We have set out below the standard categories of cookies that many service providers use.
4.1.1. Strictly necessary cookies: these cookies are essential for the operation of the website. They often improve the usability of the website for you by allowing you to proceed through many pages of the website quickly and easily without having to authenticate or reprocess each new area you visit. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website or make use of e-billing services.
4.1.3. Targeting cookies: these cookies are used to serve users with content and adverts, and to collect information about your browsing habits and usage of the website to make adverts more relevant to you based on your visits to this and other websites. Targeting cookies are used to enable third parties to display relevant and personalised ads to users through their networks. They are also used to limit the number of times users see an advert as well as help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.
4.1.4. Social media cookies: Social media cookies would allow you to use various social media and other third party features on our website including the like button from Facebook, follow button from Twitter), Plus +1 button from Google, Pin It button from Pinterest, share / follow button from LinkedIn, embed button from YouTube. These features may involve the relevant companies using cookies or linking your visit with cookies previously placed by them on your computer in order for them to collect information relating to your visit to our website or your interaction with their services or otherwise.
5. Other technologies
5.1. In addition to cookies, our website may use other technologies, such as Flash technology to pixel tags to collect information automatically, as well as:
5.1.1. Flash Technology: We may use Flash cookies (which are also known as Flash Local Shared Object (“Flash LSOs”)) on our website to collect and store information about your use of our Site. If you do not want Flash LSOs stored on your computer, smartphone or other mobile device, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash LSO storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. Setting the Flash Player to restrict or limit acceptance of Flash LSOs may reduce or impede the functionality of some Flash applications, including, potentially, Flash applications used in connection with our Site.
5.1.2. Browser Web Storage: We may use browser web storage (including via HTML5), also known as locally stored objects (“LSOs”), for similar purposes as cookies. Browser web storage enables the storage of a larger amount of data compared to cookies. Your web browser may provide functionality to clear your browser web storage.
5.1.3. Web Beacons: We may also use web beacons on our website and in our HTML formatted emails to track the actions of users on our website and interactions with our emails. Unlike cookies, which are stored on the hard drive of your computer or mobile device by a website, pixel tags are embedded invisibly on webpages or within HTML formatted emails. Pixel tags are used to demonstrate that a webpage was accessed or that certain content was viewed, typically to measure the success of our marketing campaigns or engagement with our emails and to compile statistics about usage of the Sites, so that we can manage our content more effectively.
6.1. The information contained in this policy and about the cookies we use may be updated from time to time, so please check this policy on a regular basis for any updates.
7. Where can you get further information?
7.2. For further information on cookies, including how to use your browser to block them and how to delete cookies already stored on your device, visit: www.allaboutcookies.org.
7.3. For more information about how we collect, use and share your information, see our Privacy Statement. You can also contact us as provided in our Privacy Statement.