What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
Cookies serve many functions. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies may record personal information – for example, if you click “Remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you personally, and will instead allow us to collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our website.
Types of Cookies and how they are set
There are two types of cookies:
Session Cookies – Stored temporarily in your computer’s memory while you are visiting a website and are deleted when you close your browser.
Persistent Cookies – Stored for a set period on your computer and used to determine whether there has been any contact between us and your computer in the past.
There are two ways cookies set can be on our website:
1st Party Cookies – cookies that are set by the website domain (or belonging to a sub domain) of the website.
3rd Party Cookies – cookies that are set by another website domain. (e.g. by one of our main technology partners or by an external web services)
What sort of cookies our website uses?
Strictly Necessary Cookies – These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information
Performance Cookies – These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
Functional Cookies – These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages.
Targeting Cookies – These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device.
Social Media Cookies – These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit.
Advertisers as Google, sometimes use their own cookies to provide you with targeted advertising. For example, advertisers may use a visitor profile they have built on sites that you have previously visited to present you with more relevant advertisements during your visit. We believe that it is useful to our users to see advertisements that are more relevant to their interests.
If you click on a hyperlink from our website to any third party websites (e.g. if you ‘share’ content our website with friends or colleagues through social networks), you may be sent cookies from these third party websites. Third party websites have their own privacy and cookie policies which we cannot control. Please check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
Our main technology partners
We will update the following list when cookies are added or removed.
IP Addresses and why we collect and keep them for 30 days
We collect visitors and registered users IP address strictly for security reasons. That way we are able to restrict access to dangerous IPs and protect our website and users from various attacks coming from the Internet. IP addresses are logged by all layers of protection (like firewalls and other security software) and kept for 30 days (after 30 days they are automatically rotated).