A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive which is then used to identify the user or device and to collect information. Cookies are intended to make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier.
Cookies are typically assigned to one of four categories (Essential, Analytics, Functional and Marketing) depending on their function and intended purpose.
We use the following cookies:
These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Website. They include, for example, the service we use to record your choice of accepting or declining cookies on our Website.
They 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 helps us to improve the way our Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Marketing cookies are used to target advertising to a user (behavioural targeting). They are often served by third party companies and track a user across our Website.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|_ga||Analytics||This cookie is used by Google Analytics to understand user interaction with our Website.|
|_gid||Analytics||This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for our Website’s analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.|
|_gat||Analytics||This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for our Website’s analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.|
|PHPSESSID||Essential||This cookie is native to PHP applications. The cookie is used to store and identify a users' unique session ID for the purpose of managing user session on our Website. The cookie is a session cookie and is deleted when all the browser windows are closed.|
|ls_smartpush||Essential||This cookie is set by the provider Litespeed Server. This cookie allows the server to store the settings and to improve performance of our Website.|
|__cfduid||Essential||The cookie is used by CDN (content delivery network) services like CloudFare to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. It does not correspond to any user ID in the web application and does not store any personally identifiable information.|
|Rc::a||Essential||This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This is beneficial for the Website, in order to make valid reports on the use of our Website.|
|Rc::c||Essential||This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots.|
|_gcl_au||Marketing||Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across our Website.|
Sharing to social networks
Some of the pages on our Website include social media features, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn “Share” buttons. We are not responsible for the security or privacy of any information collected by these third parties. You should review the privacy statements or policies applicable to the third-party services you connect to, use or access. If you do not want your personal information shared with social media account providers, please do not connect a social media account and do not participate in social sharing features.
Controlling and managing cookies
There are various ways in which you can control and manage cookies.
On our Website you can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the circular icon found in the bottom left of our Website. You can then adjust the preference sliders to ‘On’ or ‘Off’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.
If you opt out of cookies and then delete all cookies, your opt out will not be saved and you will need to opt out again as this will then store an Essential cookie so that your device will remember that you have opted out.
The settings you change will only apply to the device on which you change them and will not apply across all your devices. If you want to opt out of cookies on all your devices, you will need to change the settings on all of your devices individually.
Please note that if you block cookies this will impact on how our Website functions and in some cases (in particular with regard to Essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Website.
Except for Essential cookies, all cookies will expire after the end of the user’s session or no later than one week since your last visit to our Website.
Other tracking technologies in addition to cookies
We use certain other tracking technologies in addition to cookies:
Web beacons: Our web pages may contain electronic images known as web beacons (also called single-pixel gifs and transparent graphic images) that we use to help deliver cookies on our Website, count users who have visited those web pages, deliver the features, and analyse the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns, for example. We may also include web beacons in our marketing email messages or newsletters to determine whether an email is opened or if links are clicked. Web beacons are also used to deliver you interest-based advertising.
Web server & application logs: Our servers automatically collect certain information to help us administer and protect our Website, analyse usage, and improve users’ experience. The information collected includes:
- IP address and browser type
- Device information including Unique Device Identifier (UDID), MAC address, Identifier For Advertisers (IFA), and similar identifiers we or others may assign
- Device operating system and other technical facts
- The city and country from which you access our Website
- Pages visited and content viewed, stored, and purchased
- Information or text entered
- URLs visited before and after you use the features
“Do Not Track” Signals
Some browsers transmit Do Not Track (DNT) signals to websites. Due to the lack of a common interpretation of DNT signals throughout the industry, we do not currently alter, change or respond to DNT requests or signals from these browsers. We continue to monitor industry activity in this area and reassess our current DNT practices as necessary.