What are the cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer or mobile device. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work in a better, more efficient way. They can do this because websites can read and write these files, enabling them to recognise you and remember important information that will make your use of a website more convenient (for example by remembering preference settings).
What types of cookies do we use?
Below we list 2 main types of cookies that may be used on the Site:
- session cookies – they are used to maintain the state of the application. Session cookies only last for the duration of users using the website. A web browser normally deletes them when it quits,
- persistent cookies – these cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits website that created that particular cookie.
Those two types of cookies are divided into several different types of cookies:
- essential cookies – essential cookies are necessary for the Site to work and enable you to move around it and to use its services and features. Without these absolutely necessary cookies, the Site will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like it to and we may not be able to provide the Site or certain services or features you request,
- functional cookies – functional cookies are used to remember your preferences on our websites and to provide enhanced, more personal features. The information collected by these cookies is usually anonymised, so we cannot identify you personally. Functional cookies do not track your internet usage or gather information which could be used for selling advertising, but they do help with serving advertising.
- analytical performance cookies – they collect information about your use of the Site, and enable us to improve the way it works. Analytical performance cookies are used to monitor the performance of our websites, for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users a website has. Web analytics services may be designed and operated by third parties (for ex. Google Analytics). The information provided by these cookies allows us to analyse patterns of user behaviour and we use that information to enhance user experience or identify areas of the website which may require maintenance. The information is anonymous (i.e. it cannot be used to identify you and does not contain personal information such as your name and email address) and it is only used for statistical purposes.
How can I manage or opt out of cookies?
Cookies, including those which have already been set, can be deleted from your hard drive. You can also change the preferences/settings in your web browser to control cookies. In some cases, you can choose to accept cookies from the primary site, but block them from third parties. In others, you can block cookies from specific advertisers, or clear out all cookies. Deleting or blocking cookies may reduce functionality of the site.
To learn more about how to reject cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/ or go to the help menu within your internet browser. If you experience any problems having deleted cookies, you should contact the supplier of your web browser.