A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store (if you agree) on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.
Session cookies are cookies that expire at the end of your browser session, that is, when you exit the browser. This allows us to link your actions during a single browser session to the most efficient use of our website.
In contrast to session cookies, persistent cookies are stored on your equipment between browsing sessions. They therefore enable our website to "recognise" you on your return, and to remember your preferences and tailor services to them. These cookies may also be used to track your browsing activity across different websites and build up a detailed profile of your browsing behaviour for targeted advertising.
Cookies also have, broadly speaking, four different functions and can be categorised as follows: ‘strictly necessary’ cookies, ‘performance’ cookies, ‘functionality’ cookies and ‘targeting’ or ‘advertising’ cookies.
These cookies are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website, and see how they move around the site when using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website, and the advertising displayed on it, more relevant to your interests.
We do not share the information collected by the cookies with any third parties.
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.