What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers sent to your computer when you visit a web site. It’s stored in your web browser and whenever you visit the same web site again, the information stored in the cookie can be retrieved to notify the web site (and only that web site) of your previous activity. A cookie does not give us access to your computer and they’re definitely not viruses, spyware or Trojans that damage your computer. The different types of cookies are:
Session Cookies – These cookies expire when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome). These cookies are used for various reasons, for example, remembering what you have put in your shopping basket as you browse a website.
Persistent Cookies – These cookies are stored on your computer after you have closed your web browser which allows your preferences on websites to be remembered. These cookies are used for a variety of purposes, for example, remembering your preferences on a website i.e. your language choice or your user name.
First and Third Party Cookies – This refers to the website placing the cookie. First party cookies are set by the website you are visiting. Third party cookies are set by another website. The main web browsers allow third party cookies by default.
Necessary Cookies – Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
Preference Cookies – Preference cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.
Statistics Cookies – Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.
Marketing Cookies – Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.
Which Cookies do we use?
We use a range of 1st party and 3rd party cookies to help us provide website visitors with a smooth experience and to monitor visitor interaction. The cookies that we use ensure website functionality, help us improve website design and serve our audiences with relevant advertising.