Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored on your computer by a website you visit to enable you to perform certain functions on the website and regulate its content to your preference. They can store data on pages which you have provided key information for (e.g. when you provide a password) but only once you are asked and you accept to the storage of this information. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site; they are not used to determine the personal identity of anyone merely visiting the site.
Types of Cookies
Cookies can be classified by their lifespan and the website to which cookies belong.
The lifespan of cookies are either:
Session cookies that are temporary and deleted once the user closes their web browsers;
Persistent cookies may stay on your computer for a long time after the session is ended.
Website cookies are either:
First party cookies that belong to the website you are browsing, e.g. cookies used to identify you when you login;
Third-party cookies belong to a different website to the website you are visiting, e.g. advertising tracking cookies.
We use the following cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are essential for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognize 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 easily.
Functionality cookies. These are used to recognize you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences.
Targeting/advertising cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
These cookies are used by third parties and mostly by social media websites like Google+, Facebook or YouTube. Third-Party cookies allow us to offer you easy ways to share our content throughout your social media and present you with the videos we post on YouTube.
You can disable the use of these cookies through your browser’s privacy settings but please do note that this will also disable all the functions described above.