Last updated: 27/01/23
- To enable certain functions of the Website
- To provide analytics
- To store your preferences
- To understand behavioural interactions
- We use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your device or computer until they expire or you delete them.
We also use similar technologies such as web beacons, tracking pixels, and local storage. These technologies are similar to cookies and are used for similar purposes.
We use these technologies to understand how you interact with our Website and to personalise your experience. For example, we may use these technologies to:
- Remember your preferences and settings
- Keep track of your browsing history
- Show you personalised content and ads
- Measure the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns
What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are stored on a user’s computer or mobile device by a website. These files are used to remember a user’s preferences and browsing history, as well as to provide website owners with information on how their website is being used. Cookies are essential for many websites to function properly and efficiently, and they allow website owners to make improvements based on how users interact with their site.
Cookies can be set by the website, referred to as “first-party cookies,” or by parties other than the website owner, referred to as “third-party cookies.” Third-party cookies are used to enable features or functionality provided by a third party, such as advertising, interactive content, and analytics. The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognise a user’s computer when it visits the website in question, as well as when it visits certain other websites. This allows them to track a user’s browsing habits across multiple websites and to personalise their experience.
We use first-party cookies and third-party cookies for a variety of reasons. Some cookies are essential for our website to function properly, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. These cookies are necessary for the website to work, and they allow users to navigate the site and access certain features. For example, these cookies are used to keep a user logged in to the website, or to remember a user’s past engagement or visits.
Other cookies are used to track and target the interests of our users in order to enhance their experience on our online properties. These cookies are used to personalise the content and advertisements that are displayed to users, as well as to analyse how users interact with our website. This allows us to improve the overall user experience by making the website more relevant and useful to our users.
Third-party cookies are placed on a user’s device by a third party, such as an advertising or analytics company. These cookies allow third parties to track a user’s browsing history across multiple websites and to personalise their experience. Third-party cookies are also used for advertising and analytics purposes. For example, these cookies are used to serve better structure of content to users based on their browsing history, or to track the performance of an access to information or data sheets or campaign.
How can I control cookies?
When you visit a website, the website may place small data files called cookies on your computer or mobile device. These cookies are used by website owners to make their websites work more efficiently, and to provide reporting information.
Cookies can be set by the website owner, called “first-party cookies,” or by parties other than the website owner, called “third-party cookies.” Third-party cookies enable features or functionality provided by other companies to be included on or through the website, such as advertising and analytics. The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognize your computer when it visits both the website in question and other websites.
As a user, you have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. This can be done through the Cookie Consent Manager, which can be found in the notification banner on a website, or on the website’s settings. The Cookie Consent Manager allows you to select which categories of cookies you would like to accept or reject. Essential cookies, which are necessary for the website to function properly, cannot be rejected.
If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use the website, but your access to some functionality and areas of the website may be restricted. You may also set or change your web browser controls to accept or reject cookies.
How can I control cookies on my browser?
Chrome: In Chrome, you can access the cookie settings by clicking the three dots in the top right corner of the browser, then going to Settings > Privacy and security > Cookies and other site data. From here, you can choose to block third-party cookies, block all cookies, or clear your existing cookies.
Internet Explorer: In Internet Explorer, you can access the cookie settings by clicking the gear icon in the top right corner of the browser, then going to Internet Options > Privacy. From here, you can adjust your cookie settings by moving the slider to your desired level of protection.
Firefox: In Firefox, you can access the cookie settings by clicking the three lines in the top right corner of the browser, then going to Options > Privacy & Security. From here, you can choose to block all third-party cookies, or use custom settings for each website you visit.
Safari: In Safari, you can access the cookie settings by clicking the Safari menu in the top left corner of the screen, then going to Preferences > Privacy. From here, you can choose to block all cookies, allow only first-party cookies, or allow both first-party and third-party cookies.
Edge: In Edge, you can access the cookie settings by clicking the three dots in the top right corner of the browser, then going to Settings > Cookies. From here, you can choose to block all cookies, or block only third-party cookies.
Opera: In Opera, you can access the cookie settings by clicking the red O in the top left corner of the browser, then going to Settings > Privacy & Security. From here, you can choose to block all cookies, or block only third-party cookies.
In addition, many advertising networks offer ways for you to opt out of targeted advertising. Opting out of targeted advertising is a way for users to control the types of ads they receive and to prevent their browsing data from being used for targeted advertising. This can be done by visiting the website of the advertising network and finding their opt-out or “Do Not Track” page. On this page, users can typically find instructions on how to opt-out of targeted advertising for that specific network.
What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?
In addition to cookies, websites may also use other tracking technologies such as web beacons. Web beacons are small graphic files that contain a unique identifier that allows the website to recognize when a user has visited or interacted with the website. These tiny graphics files, also known as “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”, can be used to monitor the traffic patterns of users as they navigate through a website, to deliver or communicate with cookies, and to understand whether a user has come to the website from an online advertisement on a third-party website. Web beacons can also be used to improve website performance and to measure the success of email marketing campaigns. However, it’s worth noting that in many cases, these technologies rely on cookies to function properly, so disabling cookies may limit their functionality.
Do you use Flash cookies or Local Shared Objects?
Websites may or may not utilise technologies known as “Flash Cookies” or “Local Shared Objects (LSOs)” to collect and store information about your usage of their services, for fraud prevention and other site operations. These types of cookies are stored on your computer using Adobe Flash Player, which is a browser plugin.
If you do not wish to have Flash Cookies stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block the storage of Flash Cookies using the tools in the Website Storage Settings Panel. Additionally, you can control Flash Cookies by accessing the Global Storage Settings Panel and following the instructions provided. These instructions may include how to delete existing Flash Cookies, prevent new Flash Cookies from being placed on your computer without your consent, and block Flash Cookies delivered by third-party websites.
Please note that limiting or restricting the acceptance of Flash Cookies may reduce or impair the functionality of some Flash applications, including those used in connection with the website’s services or online content.
Do you serve targeted advertising?
Third-party companies may use various methods such as targeted advertising, retargeting, and behavioural advertising to show you ads that are tailored to your interests. They may also track your browsing behaviour across multiple websites to build a profile of your interests and preferences. This helps them to show you ads that are more likely to be of interest to you.
Additionally, you may have the option to opt-out of receiving targeted advertising from these companies. This can typically be done by visiting the websites of the Digital Advertising Alliance, Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada, or the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance. These organisations provide tools for consumers to control and limit the data that companies collect about them for targeted advertising.
It’s important to note that disabling or clearing cookies or web beacons may impact the functionality of our Website and the advertisements you see. Some features may not work as intended and or you may see less relevant ads.