What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a Site. Cookies are then sent back to the originating Site during your browsing session or on each subsequent visit, or to another Site that recognises that cookie. The cookies we set do lots of different jobs, like help us to improve the Site and deliver a better and more personalised service, remember your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies can be categorised in accordance with the categories found in the ICC UK cookie guide as set out below:
- Strictly necessary cookies – these cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a Site and use its features and enable services you have specifically asked for. Consent is not generally required for these cookies.
- Performance cookies – these cookies collect information about how visitors use a Site (for example, by recording which pages or features visitors use most often (usually on an anonymous basis)).
- Functionality cookies – these cookies allow a Site to remember the choices a user makes, such as a user name or language preference.
- Targeting or advertising cookies – these cookies collect information about a user’s browsing habits and are usually placed by advertising networks with the Site operator’s permission.
Cookies can also be categorised in accordance with how long they are saved on your device: “session cookies” are short-term cookies that are only saved on the device’s memory for the duration of a user’s visit to the Site, whereas “persistent cookies” remain saved in the device’s memory for a set period of time, even after the browser session has ended.
Refusing or restricting cookies
You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. The “Help” or “Internet Settings” functions within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.allaboutcookies.org which contains detailed information on cookies and how to delete, restrict or block them on a wide variety of browsers. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Please be aware that if you select to refuse or restrict cookies you may be unable to access certain parts of the Site.