Updated February 9, 2020
What are cookies? Cookies are small files that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website every time you visit the site again, so it can recognize you. This allows websites to tailor what you see on the screen. Websites, apps and emails often contain small invisible images known as “web beacons” or “tracking pixels.” These are used in a way similar to cookies, to understand when a particular part of a webpage, email or app is viewed. Websites and apps often use device identifiers in the same way as cookies as used on web browsers. A device identifier is a unique number on your device which allow us to remember your device.
We may use these technologies on the Sites. We will refer to “cookies” as shorthand for “cookies and similar technologies” on the Sites.
What are cookies for? Cookies are an important part of the internet. They make using websites much smoother and affect lots of the useful features of websites. There are many different uses for cookies, but they fall into four main groups:
Cookies that are needed to provide the service you have asked for. Some cookies are essential so you can move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you’ve asked for can’t be provided. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering your browsing history. For example: keeping you logged in during your visit; without cookies you might have to log in on every page you go to; when you add something to the online shopping basket, cookies make sure it’s still there when you get to the checkout.
Cookies used to improve your browsing experience. These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make, such as your language or region and they provide improved features. For example: remembering your preferences and settings, including marketing preferences; remembering if you’ve filled in a survey, so you’re not asked to do it again; showing you information that’s relevant to products of ours that you have; showing ‘related article’ links that are relevant to the page you’re looking at; remembering a location you’ve provided us with to provide local weather forecasts; linking your browsing history collected by analytics cookies to your registration details to provide you with recommended content and marketing; restricting the number of times you’re shown a particular advertisement. This is sometimes called ‘frequency capping’.
Cookies used to understand how people use the Sites. We like to keep track of what pages, links and sections of the Sites are popular and which ones don’t get used so much to help us keep the Sites relevant and up to date. It’s also very useful to be able to identify trends of how people navigate (find their way through) our sites and if they get error messages from web pages.
Advertising. We do not show advertising for third party products and services. No cookies are used for this purpose on this site. Your cookie choices. You can opt-out of cookies by changing your web browser settings. When you the Sites, similar technologies to cookies are used for analytics. It is not presently possible to opt-out of these, so if you are not happy to be included in our analysis, please do not use the Sites.