Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term "cookies" in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our websites are performing or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you. Certain cookies contain personal information, for example, if you click to "save login when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won't collect information that identifies you and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites or a user's general location.
A pixel tag (also referred to as a web beacon or a tracking bug) is an often-transparent graphic image, usually no larger than 1 pixel x 1 pixel that is placed on a website or in an email and that is used to monitor your behaviour when visiting a website or sending/receiving an email. Pixel tags can be used for many purposes, including site usage analytics, advertising, auditing and reporting and content and advertising personalization.
A tracking link or a tracking URL is a specific web address link used to monitor certain elements when a link is clicked on, for example, how users get to our websites.
What sort of cookies and similar tools do use?
Generally, our cookies and similar tools perform up to three different functions:
- Essential cookies and similar tools Some cookies and similar tools are essential for the operation of our websites. For example, some cookies and similar tools allow us to identify registered users and ensure they can or cannot access restricted pages. If a user opts to disable these cookies and similar tools, the user will not be able to access all of the content that the status of their account entitles them to.
- Performance cookies and similar tools We may utilise cookies and similar tools to analyse how you use our websites to record your visits to our websites and the pages you have visited and to record the links you have followed. Among other aims, this allows us to customise our offering to recurring visitors and to optimise navigational paths.
- Settings cookies and similar tools We use settings cookies and similar tools to allow us to remember certain choices you have made. For example, you can be automatically redirected to the language in which you last browsed, automatically logged in when your website session expires or schedules can be displayed in the time zone previously reported by your browser.
Can a website user block cookies?
As explained above, cookies and similar tools help you to get the most out of our websites. However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions in your browser and/or computer. Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our websites do not work properly.