You are free to set your browser or operating system settings to limit or decline cookies which are not necessary for the functioning of our websites, but by doing so, you may not be able to use certain features on our websites or take full advantage of all of our offerings.
1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files placed onto your device (computer, mobile phone, etc) by certain websites that you visit or e-mails that you open and generally collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the website.
- Session Cookies. These cookies are temporary cookies that remain on your computer or device until you leave our websites. They allow our websites to link your actions during a browser session. We may use these for a variety of purposes such as remembering what you clicked on, on the previous page visited. A session starts when a user opens a browser window and ends when the browser window is closed, following which all session cookies expire and are deleted;
- Persistent Cookies. These cookies remain on your device for much longer or until you manually delete them (how long the cookie remains on your device will depend on the duration or “lifetime” of the specific cookie, as well as your browser settings). Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.
2. Cookies we use
We use different types of cookies as set out below:
- Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are necessary for our websites to function correctly. They enable you to move around our websites and use our website features. Without these cookies, you would not be able to navigate between pages or use certain core features of our websites. As these cookies are necessary for the provision of our websites and Services to you, we do not require your consent for their use. You can set your browser to block or alert you about Strictly Necessary Cookies, but if you do so, some parts of the websites may not work.
- Analytics Cookies: These cookies help us understand how you interact with our websites by providing information such as the pages visited, the time spent on the websites, and any issues encountered, such as error messages. The information these cookies collect are for the purposes of generating aggregated statistics and they help us improve the way our websites work. Where required by law, we will obtain your consent before placing Analytics Cookies on your device.
- Functionality Cookies: These cookies allow our websites to remember if you have previously visited our websites or the choices you make on our websites (such as your user-name, language, region or preferences) to provide a more personalised online experience. Where required by law, we will obtain your consent before placing Functionality Cookies on your device.
- Advertising Cookies: These cookies are used to deliver content that is more relevant to you and your interests. They may be used to deliver targeted advertising or to limit the number of times you see an advertisement. They help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on our websites and may also result in your seeing advertisements for some of our products you may be interested in when visiting other websites or apps. We may share this information with third parties, including advertisers. Where required by law, we will obtain your consent before placing Advertising Cookies on your device.
- Email Interaction Technology: Our emails may contain web beacons to tell us whether they are opened and verify any clicks through to links within an email. We (or our marketing service provider on our behalf) use this information to help us understand how an email campaign performed, what types of emails and content our recipients find interesting, and what actions our recipients took, so we can improve our email campaigns in the future and make our emails more relevant to our recipients. If you do not wish the web beacon to be downloaded onto your device, you should select to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML.
Please see the cookie preferences for more details on the cookies we use.
Depending on where you access the Services from, you may be presented with a cookie banner or other tool to provide permissions prior to cookies other than Strictly Necessary Cookies being set. In this case, we will only set these cookies with your consent.
You can also limit tracking by:
- Blocking cookies on your browser. Most browsers let you remove or reject cookies, including cookies used for interest-based advertising. To do this, follow the instructions in your browser settings. Please see the links below for instructions on how to turn off or delete cookies on popular browsers. If you disable or delete cookies, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit the website and some functionalities may not work.
- Blocking advertising ID use in your mobile settings.Your mobile device settings may provide functionality to limit use of the advertising ID associated with your mobile device for interest-based advertising purposes.
- Using privacy plug-ins or browsers.You can block our services from setting cookies by using a browser with privacy features, like Brave, or installing browser plugins like Privacy Badger, DuckDuckGo, Ghostery or uBlock Origin, and configuring them to block third party cookies/trackers.
- Platform opt outs.The following platforms offer opt out features that let you opt out of use of your information for interest-based advertising:
- Advertising industry opt out tools.You can also use these opt out options to limit use of your information for interest-based advertising by participating companies:
Note that because these opt-out mechanisms are specific to the device or browser on which they are exercised, you will need to opt out on every browser and device that you use.