What Are Cookies?
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 device’s hard drive.
We Use The Following Types of Cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services. These cookies expire after a browser session is closed.
- Analytical/performance cookies. 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. These cookies expire after a browser session is closed.
- Functionality cookies. 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 are stored on your device in between browser sessions which allows this information to be remembered.
- Targeting cookies. 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 may also share this information with third party providers such as Google services which Google Analytics, DoubleClick and You Tube for this purpose. These cookies are stored on your device in between browser sessions which allows this information to be remembered.
The Cookies We Use
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|Analytical / performance||__utm.gif||Google Analytics Tracking Code that logs details about the visitor’s browser and computer.||Session|
|_utma||Collects data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit. Used by Google Analytics.||2 years|
|_utmb||Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user accesses the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit.||1 Day|
|_utmc||Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit.||Session|
|_utmt||Used to throttle the speed of requests to the server.||1 Day|
|_umz||Collects data on where the user came from, w hat search engine was used, what link was clicked and what search term was used. Used by Google Analytics.||6 Months|
|_ga||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the website is used by the visitor.||2 Years|
|_gat||Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.||1 Day|
|_gid||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the website is used by the visitor.||1 Day|
|Collect||Script tag used to send data to Google Analytics about visitor’s device and behaviour.||Session|
|pll_language||Used to determine preferred language of visitor and sets language accordingly.||1 Year|
|Functional / Targeting||GPS||Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.||1 Day|
|IDE||Used by Google Double Click to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.||1 Year|
|PREF||Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistic of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.||8 Months|
|test_cookie||Used by DoubleClick to test if the user’s browser supports cookies||1 Day|
|VISITOR_INFO_LIVE||Tries to estimate the user’s bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.||179 Days|
|YSC||Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what YouTube videos the user has seen.||Session|
|yt-remote-cast-installed||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.||Session|
|yt-remote-connected-devices||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.||Persistent|
|yt-remote-device-id||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.||Persistent|
|yt-remote-fast-check-period||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.||Session|
|yt-remote-session-app||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.||Session|
|yt-remote-session-name||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.||Session|
All cookies which do not expire once a browser session is closed will expire after varying timescales. See above chart for more details.
Third Party Cookies
We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including: Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies:
(a) Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy
(b) Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/policies/cookies/
(d) Instagram – https://help.instagram.com/1896641480634370
Blocking or Deleting Cookies
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser and from version to version. You can obtain up-to-date information about how to block or delete cookies via these links:
(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);
However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
Last update to this policy was 3rd July 2022 and is subject to ongoing updates