1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small files placed on your computer’s hard drive or in your browser memory when you visit a Web site.
2. What do cookies do?
Cookies help to make the interaction between users and Web sites faster and easier. For example, they can remember your preferences, login details or information you supply as you move through an application process. What cookies don’t do is store any personal or confidential information about you.
Cookies are important for things like online shopping – for example they’ll remember the items in your shopping basket and make sure they stay there until you complete your transaction.
In a similar way, when you use our website cookies will help to improve the experience and functionality of the product. When you revisit a Web site, cookies also help the site to remember your preferences or registration details.
Some of our cookies enable us to learn which advertisements bring customers to our Web site. This helps us manage our advertising spend by only using adverts and Web sites that prove to be effective.
3. Are cookies safe?
Yes, cookies are small text files. They can’t look into your computer or read any personal information or other material on your hard drive. Cookies can’t carry viruses or install anything harmful on your computer.
4. Why should I keep cookies switched on?
We would like you to keep cookies active on your computer during your visits to our Web site because parts of the site rely on them to work properly. For example, you may not be able to access products and services on our site if your cookies are disabled.
5. The types of cookies we use
Like most large Web sites, we use session cookies and persistent cookies and third party cookies for analytics. Neither session cookies nor persistent cookies collect any personally identifiable information.
5.1. Session cookies
We use session cookies, which last only for the duration of your visit (your ‘session’) and are deleted when you close your browser. These simply enable us to identify that the same person is moving from page to page.
5.2. Persistent cookies
We also use certain cookies that are persistent. These remain on your computer after you have visited our site, meaning the site can remember your settings when you revisit us.
5.3 Third party cookies
As well as using cookies from our advertising partners, from time to time we may also embed external content from other third party Web sites within our Web site. These include sites such as Google, who cookie usage policy you can view on their own Web sites.
6. Turning cookies on or off in your browser
You have a number of options when it comes to receiving cookies. You can set your browser either to reject all cookies, to allow only ‘trusted’ sites to send them, or to accept only those cookies from Web sites you are currently using.
We recommend that you don’t block all cookies because parts of our Web site rely on them to work properly.
You can allow, block or delete the cookies installed on your computer by configuring the browser options installed on your computer: