2. What are cookies
A cookie is a small text file (typically numbers and letters) that is downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (e.g. your computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website using that device. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit – and they are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and store some information about your preferences or past actions. Additionally, we use ‘Local Shared Objects’ i.e. Flash Cookies. These cookies are stored locally and are available to all browsers you may use. You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies are widely used to make websites work in an efficient way. They allow you to navigate between pages efficiently, remember your preferences and make the interaction between you and the site smoother and more efficient. They are also used to help ensure that the advertisements you see online are relevant to you and your interests.
2.1 Setting and Storing Cookies:
Cookies may be set either by the website you are visiting (“first party cookies”) or by third party websites who run content on the website you are looking at (“third party cookies”).
They may be stored either for the duration of your visit to the website or for repeat visits. We will use the following terms to describe the storing of cookies:
2.2 Different types of cookies:
Cookies can be grouped into the following types:
a. Strictly Necessary or Required Cookies:
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around and use the features of a website, or to provide a service requested by you. For example, remembering items you have placed in an online shopping basket. We do not need to obtain your consent in order to use these cookies.
b. Functionality and Performance Cookies:
Functionality Cookies: These cookies allow the 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 using a cookie to store information about the region in which you are currently located, remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise, and 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.
Performance Cookies: These cookies collect information about how you use a website, for instance which pages you go to most often, and if you get error messages from them. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies you. All of the information collected by these cookies is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the website works.
c. Targeting cookies or advertising cookies:
These cookies are used to deliver adverts that are more 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 campaign. 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. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
For more information about online behavioural advertising cookies and online privacy, please see the guide produced by the internet advertising industry available at www.youronlinechoices.com.
d. Social Media Cookies:
Social media cookies allow users to interact more easily with social media, such as Facebook and Instagram. We do not control social media cookies and they do not allow us to gain access to your social media accounts. Please refer to the relevant social media platform’s privacy policies for information about their cookies.
Cookies may either be deleted automatically when the user closes their web browser (so-called "session cookies") or stored on the user's computer to facilitate future visits to the Website (so-called "permanent cookies"). Permanent cookies will also be automatically deleted after a specified period of time. Flash cookies are a type of permanent cookie.
4. What cookies do we use?
We use the following types of cookies that are placed on the Website, their function, who is the provider, the purposes for which the data are collected and how long data collected by cookies are kept. Please note that the names of the cookies may change over time:
Strictly Necessary cookies
This cookie is used by
Cookie-Script.com service to remember visitor cookie consent preferences. It
is necessary for Cookie-Script.com cookie banner to work properly.
General purpose platform session
cookie, used by sites written with Microsoft .NET based technologies. Usually
used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.
When enabling session affinity with Cloudflare
Load Balancer, Cloudflare sets a __cflb cookie with a unique value on the
first response to the requesting client. Cloudflare routes future requests to
the same origin, optimizing network resource usage. In the event of a
failover, Cloudflare sets a new __cflb cookie to direct future requests to
the failover pool.
This cookie is used by Cookie-Script.com service to remember visitor cookie consent preferences. It is necessary for Cookie-Script.com cookie banner to work properly.
General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Microsoft .NET based technologies. Usually used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.
When enabling session affinity with Cloudflare Load Balancer, Cloudflare sets a __cflb cookie with a unique value on the first response to the requesting client. Cloudflare routes future requests to the same origin, optimizing network resource usage. In the event of a failover, Cloudflare sets a new __cflb cookie to direct future requests to the failover pool.
5. What are your choices regarding cookies?
When you visit the Website, you will be requested to accept or manage your cookie settings. We can store cookies on the user’s device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site, however, for all other types of cookies, we need to obtain the consent of the user.
6. How can I change cookie preferences?
Apart from setting cookie preferences from the Cookie Banner on our Website, or at the footer as may be applicable, you can control and/or delete cookies as you wish from your browser settings. For details on how to control and/or delete cookies using your browser settings, please see:
Delete Cookies in Microsoft Internet Explorer
Delete Cookies in Microsoft Edge
Delete Cookies in Mozilla Firefox browser
Delete Cookies in Google Chrome browser
Delete Cookies in Safari
Delete flash cookies (all browsers)
You can delete all cookies that are already on your device and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.
7. Changes to this Policy
We may update this Policy from time to time. If we make significant changes to this Policy, we will let you know accordingly. However, it is advisable to regularly check this Policy to ensure you are aware of the most updated version. This version was last updated on 26/09/2022.