What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is, depending on your browser settings, downloaded to your device (e.g. computer, mobile phone, tablet) when you visit a website. Cookies may be sent back to that original website on a subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.
Cookies are used on websites to allow a site to operate efficiently, to improve how the site works, to remember user preferences and improve browsing experience, and/or to make online advertising more relevant to individual users.
What types of cookies are there?
Strictly necessary cookies. These cookies are required for the operation of our site, to enable us to provide services you have specifically asked for.
They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our site or to use a shopping basket.
Analytical/performance cookies. These cookies collect anonymous data on how our site is used so that we can improve the way our site works.
These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This type of information highlights areas where we can improve, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Functionality cookies. These cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our site, allowing us to remember your preferences and improve your browsing experience.
They include, for example, cookies that remember your choice of language, or your preferred text size.
We may also merge this information with other users’ data on an anonymous basis to allow us to improve the way our site works.
Targeting cookies. These cookies collect information about your visit to our site (such as the pages you visit and the links you follow) so that we can make the content and the advertising displayed on our site more relevant to you and your interests.
We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose. These cookies may also be used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.
In this policy, any reference by us to “cookies” will (where appropriate) include a reference to any tools (such as web beacons, tracking pixels, log files or analytic metric tools) that collect information from your device about your browsing activity.
For example, you may be able to share some of the content on our site with friends through social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn. If you do so, these third party websites may set cookies.
As we do not control the setting of third party cookies, we recommend that you check the privacy and cookies policies on the relevant third party website for more information on such cookies (including on how to manage them).
In particular, please note that some of the content on our site may use Adobe Flash Player, such as video content. Adobe sets Flash cookies to improve your experience. If you would like to block or delete a Flash cookie, we recommend that you check Adobe Flashplayer security settings. Please note that blocking or disabling Flash cookies may mean that you are unable to access any content that uses Adobe Flash Player.
How can I block or delete cookies?
You can usually block browser-based cookies by changing your browser settings to prevent the setting of all or some browser-based cookies on your device without your explicit consent. You can also delete existing cookies that have already been stored on your device. We recommend that you check the “Help” function of your internet browser (or, if accessing our site on a mobile phone, your handset manual) to find out how to block or delete cookies.
For additional information on (a) blocking or deleting cookies, please visit www.aboutcookies.org; or (b) managing behavioural advertising, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com/uk.
Please note that, if you decide to disable or delete any cookies, some parts or features of our site may not work properly, and your ability to use other online or mobile sites may also be affected.
Updates to our Cookies
If we introduce additional cookies to improve your experience of our site, we will update the list above accordingly. Please check back frequently to see any such updates or changes. By continuing to use our site after such changes have been posted, we’ll assume that you agree to our use of the additional cookies.
Changes to our Cookies Policy
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Last modified: 15 January 2016