Whenever you visit our website, information may be collected using cookies and similar tools to improve your user experience and to enhance the performance of the website.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file which a website’s server may put on your computer, mobile phone or similar device when you first visit a site or page. Only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie and each cookie is unique to your web browser.
Cookies have many functions which help to enhance your user experience. For example they allow us to recognise you and remember your user preferences, they allow us to analyse the performance of the website and recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Most cookies do not collect information that identifies you, but instead collect general data about how a user uses a website and possibly their location. However, some cookies collect personal information.
Cookies can last for different durations and will otherwise be known as ‘Session’ or ‘Persistent’ cookies depending on how long they are used:
- Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.
- Persistent cookies stay on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie. These persistent cookies are activated each time you visit the site where the cookie was generated.
In general terms, our cookies perform the following functions:
- Essential Cookies
Some cookies are strictly necessary in order to enable you to move around the website and use all of its features. They allow you to log into secure areas of our website and access all of the content to which you have subscribed.
- Performance CookiesThese cookies allow us to analyse how our users use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to quickly identify and fix any issues that arise and analyse patterns of user activity to develop a better user experience.
- Functionality Cookies
We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences, such as your username and any choices you have made in your subscription settings.
We also use functionality cookies to allow you to watch a video online or comment on a blog.
- Targeted Advertising 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 any advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|cookie_law||Set by the site to indicate that you have read or dismissed the cookie law prompt.||Persistent|
|wordpress_test_cookie||Checks that cookies haven’t been blocked and thus broken the sites log-in.||Persistent|
|wordpress_logged_in_[hash]||Set for logged in users to indicate to the site that the user is authenticated and is who they are. There may be other versions of this cookie created for different areas of the site dependent upon access rights but they look and function the same and will just be associated with different folders.||Persistent|
Third Party Cookies
Some of our websites contain cookies from third parties. These may fall into the functions outlined above, for example Google Analytics. We may also use third party cookies to help us with market research, revenue tracking, improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with our terms and conditions and copyright policy.
In addition, advertisers sometimes use their own cookies to provide you with relevant advertisements. If you are based in the European Union and would like to learn more about how advertisers use these types of cookies or to choose not to receive them, please visit www.youronlinechoices.eu. If you are based in the United States and would like to learn more, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/
Some of the third parties that may set cookies on our website include:
|_ga||3rd party cookie set by Google Analytics and includes a unique tracking code assigned by Google|