A “cookie” is a small file of letters and numbers which assigns you a unique identifier (string of random characters) that we store on your web browser or the hard drive of your computer.
Cookies help us understand how the Site is being used and improve your user experience.
Cookies may be stored by the website you are visiting (a “first party cookie”) or by a technology provider, such as an analytics company, advertising network or social media platform (a “third party cookie”).
Third party cookies may be used to link your browsing behaviour across multiple sites. Cookies are either stored for the duration of your visit (a “session cookie”) or they will remain on your device for a fixed period (usually several months, or longer) to remember you across multiple browsing sessions (a “persistent cookie”).
Other types of storage, such as local or “HTML” storage
Many websites use local storage technologies that are similar to cookies but enable larger amounts of data to be stored.
This means they can store information like your preferences and viewing history on your device rather than on their own systems.
Other tracking technologies, such as web beacons, pixels
In addition to cookies, we may also use embedded code to record how you interact with our Site (recognising your browser via the unique ID stored in their cookie or your device “AdID”) to help customise the Site and improve your experience.
A “web beacon” or “pixel” is a tiny object or image embedded in a web page or email. They are often used to send data about your browsing to a third party, such as number of users who have visited a page and viewed emails.
They collect only a limited set of data, such as cookie number, time and date of page or email view, and a description of the page on which they reside. Web beacons and pixel tags cannot be declined, however, you can limit their use by controlling the cookies that interact with them.
Tracking via Apps
This data is used in the same way as cookies, e.g. to analyse and improve services and to serve marketing and advertising to you (if the App is funded by advertising).
Types of cookies
The following types of cookies may be used when you visit the Site:
Necessary cookies are necessary to enable the effective operation of the Site. For example, to enable you to navigate the Site, to remember your cookie preferences, to keep our Site secure and for system administration, such as preventing fraudulent or disruptive activity.
Some of these may be manually disabled in your browser, but may affect the functionality of the Site.
Functional cookies support functionality that improves your experience or provides features you have requested.
Analytics cookies monitor how users reached the Site, and how they interact with and move around once on the Site.
These cookies let us know what features on the Site are working the best and what features on the Site can be improved. For example, to help us to know how many users we have, which parts of our Site are most popular, what browsers are used (so we can maximise compatibility), the country or region where our users are located, and the interests of our users.
This enables us to understand better who is using our Site, to ensure we are reaching our target demographic, and to improve and tailor our services accordingly.
Personalisation cookies are used to recognise repeat visitors to the Site. We use these cookies to record your browsing history, the pages you have visited, and your settings and preferences each time you visit the Site.
Security cookies help identify and prevent security risks. We use these cookies to authenticate users and protect user data from unauthorised parties.
Site management cookies
Site management cookies are used to maintain your identity or session on the Sites so that you are not logged off unexpectedly, and any information you enter is retained from page to page.
These cookies cannot be turned off individually, but you can disable all cookies in your browser.
Third-party cookies may be placed on your computer when you visit the Site by companies that run certain services we offer.
These cookies allow the third parties to gather and track certain information about you. These cookies can be manually disabled in your browser.
Control of cookies
Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. However, you can remove or reject cookies in your browser’s settings.
Please be aware that such action could affect the availability and functionality of the Site. For more information on how to control cookies, check your browser or device’s settings for how you can control or reject cookies.