A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer, if you consent. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These cookies are required for the operation of the Platform. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log in to secure areas of the Platform, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These cookies allow us to recognise, and count the number of, visitors and to see how visitors move around the Platform when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way the Platform works, for example by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These cookies enable us to recognise you when you return to the Platform. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to the Platform, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make the Platform and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for related purposes.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the below table:
|Cookie type||Cookie name||Purpose||More information|
|Analytical/ performance cookies||Google Analytics||This cookie helps us to: (a) Estimate our audience size and usage pattern. (b) Understand how visitors navigate to and through the Platform. (c) Track the effectiveness of digital marketing campaigns. (d) Recognise you when you return to the Platform.||You can find out more about Google Analytics here.|
|Targeting Cookies||Google Tag Manager||This cookie helps us to understand visitor information and the source of visits.||You can find out more about Google Tag Manager here.|
2. Managing cookies
The most popular web browsers all allow you to manage cookies. You can choose to accept or reject all cookies, or just specific types of cookies.2.1. How to manage cookies in different web browsers
Most browsers will allow you to turn off cookies, although please note that turning off cookies may restrict your use of the Platform.
The following links provide information on how to modify the cookies settings on some popular browsers:
We strongly recommend that you leave cookies active, because they enable you to take advantage of the most attractive features of the Platform, but this remains your personal choice.
You can also visit the About Cookies website, for more information about cookies and how to manage them.
3. Third party cookies
You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Platform.
If you would like more information about these third-party cookies, it is available from www.youronlinechoices.com/uk. Note that when third parties are collecting information about you, those third parties are acting as controllers in their own right (i.e. they are not acting on our behalf).
4. Embedded content
Sometimes we embed content (for example images or videos) from third party websites such as YouTube. As a result, when you visit a page on our Platform that features such content, you may be presented with cookies from these third-party websites. We do not control these cookies and cannot prevent these websites or domains from collecting information relating to your use of such content.
5. Social networking and sharing tools
On some pages, we also feature embedded ‘Share’ buttons or widgets that enable you to share content with friends through a number of popular social networking platforms (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.).
These platforms may set cookies which can identify you as an individual, even when you are not logged in to their services. This means that such platforms may be collecting information about your broader online activities, as well as your activities whilst browsing the Platform. We do not control these cookies and you should therefore check the relevant third-party platform to understand how your information is or might be used and to determine how to opt out.
We will review, and where necessary update, this policy. If we have your e-mail address, we may notify you of any updates and, if necessary, ask you to confirm that you consent to such updates.