What are Cookies?
Also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies, cookies are small, often encrypted text files, located in browser directories. They are used by web developers to help users navigate their websites efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites.
Cookies are created when a user's browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file which is stored on the users’ device in the browser’s directory. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website's server. Computer Cookies are created not just by the website the user is browsing but also by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. These cookies regulate how the ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page.
You can find more information about cookies at https://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
What Cookies do we use?
Cookies are categorised into 4 types:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of Our Website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of Our Website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.
- Performance cookies. These cookies collect information about how visitors use Our Website, for example which web page you visit and if you get error messages from web pages. These cookies help us to improve the way Our Website works. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. They are only used to improve how a website works. Please note that third parties (including, for example, providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may have placed performance cookies on Our Website.
- Functionality cookies. These cookies allow Our Website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
- Tracking cookies. These are cookies that collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaigns. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.
We use the following cookies on Our Website:
|ARRAffinity||Used to direct you to the correct website server.||Strictly Necessary||Session|
|_culture||Used to determine whether we have directed you to a specific language version of the site.||Strictly Necessary||Session|
|__RequestVerificationToken||Used to protect your security when submitting data to the website||Strictly Necessary||Session|
|CookiePolicy||Used by Our Website to record when a user of has viewed the Cookie notice to prevent it re-appearing on return visits.||Functionality||Persistent|
|Google Analytics(_gat, _ga, _gid)||Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets an anonymous analytics cookie that we use to evaluate your use of the website, help us improve how our website works and understand what content interests our users. These cookies don't collect any information that could identify you – all the information collected is anonymous.||Performance||Both Session and Persistent Cookies|
|Facebook Pixel||This Cookie is placed by Facebook. It enables Our Website to measure, optimize and build audiences for advertising campaigns served on Facebook. In particular it enables Our Website to see how our users move between devices when accessing Our Website and Facebook, to ensure that Our Website's advertising is seen by our users most likely to be interested in such advertising by analysing which content a user has viewed and interacted with on the Our Website web site. For further information about the Facebook Pixel please see: https://en-gb.facebook.com/business/help/651294705016616||Tracking||Persistent|
Consent for Cookies
By law, we are obliged to inform you about the cookies on Our Website and obtain your consent before placing any cookie files that store information on your device (with the exception of strictly necessary cookies). We obtain your consent to place cookies on your device by you clicking the Accept and Close button on the notification banner, which is located at the top of each web page.
We respect your privacy. If you have any other questions, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is policy version 1 dated 11/09/2019
End of Policy.