Use of Cookies

Use of Cookies

A “cookie” is a text file that websites send to a visitor’s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify the visitor’s browser or to store information or settings in the browser. On this site, we use two kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies exist only for as long as your browser remains open. Once you close your browser, they are deleted. Persistent cookies, in contrast, last beyond each visit to the site and remain on your hard drive after you close your browser. The cookies used on the site include those that are strictly necessary cookies for access and navigation, cookies that track usage (performance cookies) and remember your choices (functionality cookies), and cookies that provide you with targeted content or advertising. We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:

    * to recognize your computer when you visit the site
    * to track you as you navigate the site and to enable the use of e-commerce capabilities
    * to improve the site’s usability
    * to analyze the use of the site
    * to manage the site
    * to personalize the site, including targeted advertisements that may be of particular interest to you.

We also may use “web beacons” on our site. A web beacon, also known as a pixel tag or clear GIF, may be used to transmit information collected through cookies to our service providers’ servers, such as the server of Google Adwords. These web beacons enable our service providers to compile anonymous information about your browsing activity on the site. For more information, see the section on “Online Tracking” below.

Your browser may tell you how to be notified when you receive certain types of cookies or how to restrict or disable certain types of cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies, you may not be able to use all of the features of our site.
How we use cookies

Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. The cookies used on the website include those which are strictly necessary cookies for access and navigation, cookies that track usage (performance cookies), remember your choices (functionality cookies), and cookies that provide you with targeted content or advertising.

We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:

    * to recognize your computer when you visit the website
    * to track you as you navigate the website and to enable the use of any e-commerce facilities
    * to improve the website’s usability to analyze the use of the website
    * in the administration of the website
    * to personalize the website for you, including targeting advertisements that may be of particular interest to you.

Third-party cookies

When you use the website, you may also be sent third-party cookies.

Our advertisers and service providers may send you cookies. They may use the information they obtain from your use of their cookies:

    * to track your browser across multiple websites
    * to build a profile of your web surfing
    * to target advertisements that may be of particular interest to you.

In addition to the information we provide in this Cookie Policy, you can find out more information about your online choices at https://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/opt-out-help
Blocking cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:

    * in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector;
    * in Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, and un-checking “Accept cookies from sites” in the “Privacy” box.
    * in Google Chrome, you can adjust your cookie permissions by clicking “Options”, “Under the hood”, Content Settings in the “Privacy” section. Click on the Cookies tab in the Content Settings.
    * in Safari you can block cookies by clicking “Preferences”, selecting the “Privacy” tab, and “Block cookies”.

Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you may not be able to use certain features on the website (log on, access content, use search functions).
Deleting cookies

You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer:

    * in Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files;
    * in Firefox, you can delete cookies by, first ensuring that cookies are to be deleted when you “clear private data” (this setting can be changed by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Settings” in the “Private Data” box) and then clicking “Clear private data” in the “Tools” menu.
    * in Google Chrome, you can adjust your cookie permissions by clicking “Options”, “Under the hood”, Content Settings in the “Privacy” section. Click on the Cookies tab in the Content Settings.
    * in Safari you can delete cookies by clicking “Preferences”, selecting the “Privacy” tab and “Remove All Website Data”.

Obviously, doing this may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.