1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or a page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so can carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.
2. Categories of cookies
We use the following categories 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.
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 moreeasily.
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).
3. Types of cookies
There are two different types of cookies as follows:
These are temporary cookie files, which are erased when you close your browser. When you restart your browser and go back to the site that created the cookie, the website will not recognise you.
These files stay in one of your browser's subfolders until you delete them manually or your browser deletes them based on the duration period contained within the persistent cookie's file
4. Cookies we use
All data or information which is collected by the setting of a cookie is anonymous, and cannot identify you or your use of the website personally.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|Google Analytics||_ga||This cookie helps us to distinguish users.||2 years|
|Google Analytics||_gid||Used to distinguish users.||Expires at end of browser session|
|_twitter sess||Defines a unique ID associated with the current user linked to Twitter||Expires at end of browser session|
|ct0||This cookie is set due to Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for the social media.||Persistant|
|external_reference||This cookie is set due to Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for the social media.||7 days|
|guest_id||This cookie is set due to Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for the social media.||2 years|
|metrics_token||Counts the number of users that have a specific embedded Tweet or timeline.||35 days|
|personalization_id||This cookie is used to collect information about users browsing behaviour for marketing purposes including digital display and social media advertising.||2 years|
|twf_exp||This cookie is used to optimise your browsing experience||2 years|
|fr||Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers||3 months|
5. How to control and delete cookies
Alternatively, you may wish to visit http://www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.