There are many different ways that cookies are categorised by websites, usually by reference to their purpose. We believe that the UK International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) categories are the most helpful for website visitors. They are: Strictly Necessary, Performance, Functionality and Targeting/ Advertising. Most sites now use these or a close variation of them.
Note: We make every effort to respect your choices, however, there is the possibility that not all cookies will be captured. Please be aware if this is a concern then we would recommend that you change your cookie settings via your browser; your browser help function will tell you how.
An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie or simply cookie), is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in the user’s web browser while the user is browsing. Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the user’s previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember stateful information (such as items added in the shopping cart in an online store) or to record the user’s browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited in the past). Cookies can also store passwords and form content a user has previously entered.
Other kinds of cookies perform essential functions in the modern web. Perhaps most importantly, authentication cookiesare the most common method used by web servers to know whether the user is logged in or not, and which account they are logged in with.
Tracking cookies, and especially third-party tracking cookies, are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals’ browsing histories – a potential privacy concern that prompted European and U.S. law makers to take action in 2011. European law requires all websites targeting European Union member states gain “informed consent” from users before storing non-essential cookies on their devices.
Cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move about the site or to provide certain features you have requested, e.g. site cookie settings, ASP.NET Session variables.
Cookies that enhance the functionality of website by storing your preferences. For example, your subscription preferences. This is an anonymous random ID not shared with any third parties used to power certain site functions that improve the site functionality based on the services that interest you.
Cookies that help improve the performance of this website, providing a better user experience. When you visit, data collected via performance cookies will be used to provide you with personalised services such as recent search data or tailored news.
To measure the performance of our communications to our users we use tools provided by third parties to track which campaign is the most effective.
We don’t use any targeting advertising cookies on this website.
Third party cookies
We use analytic cookies to understand how its websites are being used. These measure the number of visitors and tell us how they navigate the sites.
To play video content on the site, Vimeo.com and YouTube set analytics cookies to measure performance.
We offer sharing tools (Facebook, Twitter etc) – If you use these, the sharing tools for those sites set a variety of cookies.
Cookies from 3rd party sites
Google services (Analytics, Tag Manager)
How can I control cookies?
You can also refuse our use of all cookies, including cookies that are necessary to be remembered by specific services of our website, simply by adjusting your browser settings.
Blocking cookies in specific browsers
- Enable or disable cookies – Accounts Help [Google]
- Block or allow cookies – [Windows – Microsoft]
- Enable and disable cookies that websites use to track your preferences [Firefox]
- Safari web settings on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch [Safari]
- Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On
Information regarding cookie settings on other browsers is easily accessible via a simple web search. If you are having problems however, please contact us.
For general information about cookies and how to disable them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.