What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by us (known as “first party cookies”), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or analytics services on the website (“third party cookies”).
Both websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web beacons” or “pixels.” These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.
For more information on the choices you have about the cookies we use, please see the Controlling Cookies section below.
Types of Cookie
Here are the types of cookies we use on our website and why we use them.
Strictly Necessary – These cookies are essential for our website to perform its basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions, as well as to save the contents of virtual “carts” on sites that have an ecommerce functionality.
Functionality – These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.
Security – We use these cookies to help identify and prevent potential security risks.
Analytics and Performance – Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with our websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them.
We utilize cookies to tally the unique numbers of visitors to the site, as well as the number from specific geographic locations. A visitor is counted when we see a user or browser for the first time in a given period.
To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org.
Our site uses analytics services provided by Google. Website Analytics refers to a set of tools used to collect and analyse anonymous usage information, enabling us to better understand how our site is used. This, in turn, enables us to improve our site and the services or services we offer.
We anonymise IP addresses as part of our analytics collection to avoid any personal identification.
You can opt out of Google Analytics when using your browser by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on.
You can choose to delete Cookies on your computer or device at any time, however you may lose any information that enables you to access our site more quickly and efficiently including, but not limited to, login and personalisation settings.
It is recommended that you keep your internet browser and operating system up-to-date and that you consult the help and guidance provided by the developer of your internet browser and manufacturer of your computer or device if you are unsure about adjusting your privacy settings.