WHAT IS THIS POLICY ABOUT?
1. WHAT ARE COOKIES OR SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES?
Cookies are very small text files or pieces of code, which often include an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, the website will request to store this text file on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information Other information gathered through cookies may include the date and time of visits and how you are using the particular website.
We also use similar technologies to cookies known as “web beacons”, “pixels” or “tags”. These technologies do a similar job to cookies, allowing website operators to count page views and understand how visitors interact with and respond to certain content on a webpage.
We use “first party cookies” in connection with our Site. First party cookies are cookies placed by us to collect information about you
You should be aware that applications you use to access our Site, such as your website browser, may also place cookies on your device when visiting our Site, or other websites. An example of this would be where you sign-in to Google Chrome using a Google Account (see Section 6 below). We do not have control over these third party cookies, so you will need to manage these cookies in the settings of the relevant applications.
For more details on cookies and similar technologies, please visit All About Cookies.
2. HOW LONG DO COOKIES LAST?
All cookies have expiration dates that determine how long they stay in your browser:
Session Cookies – these are temporary cookies that are placed on your device during your browsing session and then expire (and are automatically erased) whenever you close your browser.
Persistent Cookies – these are designed to last for a pre-defined period of time, which varies depending on the nature of the cookie. Persistent cookies stay in your browser until they reach their individual expiry date, or until you manually delete them (see Section 5 below).
3. WHICH COOKIES DO WE USE ON OUR SITE?
We use the following types of cookies:
Necessary Cookies – Essential cookies are those cookies which a website could not operate without. Essential cookies include cookies such as login cookies.
Analytics/Performance Cookies – Analytics cookies, along with other information, allow websites to calculate the aggregate number of people using a website and which features of a website are most popular. This information is generally used to improve the website and the way visitors are able to move around it.
The table below sets out more information about the individual cookies we may use on our Site and the purposes for which they are used.
Non-essential Cookies – We may only store and access non-essential cookies on your device with your permission. You are not obliged to give consent to our use of non-essential cookies. If you do give your consent and then change your mind, you can block or delete them (see Section 5 below).
|Cookie Name||Cookie Type||Purpose||Duration|
|exp_last_visit||Necessary||This cookie is used by the website Content Management System. This cookie is used to store the last visit date of the registered users.||1 year|
|exp_last_activity||Necessary||This cookie is used by the website Content Management System. This cookie is used to record the time of last page load.||1 year|
|This cookie is used by the website Content Management System. This is a temporary cookie which expires when the visitor close the browser window. This cookie stores the last five pages viewed by the visitor for form or error message returns.||Session|
|The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors.||2 years|
|Installed by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website’s performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.||1 day|
|A variation of the _gat cookie set by Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager to allow website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. The pattern element in the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to.||1 minute|
|This cookie is associated with the cookie consent. This cookie saves the user preference on cookie consent. It saves whether a user has dismissed the notice to prevent it re-appearing on the re-visit to the website.||1 year|
|This cookie is used for the purpose of website security that is Cross-Site-Request forgery prevention. It is used to identify the trusted web traffic.||2 hours|
|This cookie is used by the Cookie Component called Civic UK to store cookie preferences||3 months|
Essential Cookies – Please note that we do not need your consent to store and access essential cookies on your device, although you can still block or delete them (see Section 5 below).
5. HOW DO I REFUSE, BLOCK OR DELETE COOKIES?
There are various ways that you can manage your cookie preferences, but please be aware that in order to use some parts of our Site you will need to allow certain essential or functional cookies. If you block or subsequently delete those cookies, some aspects of our Site may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of our Site.
Your options for managing your cookie preferences are set out below:
When you access our Site, we will ask you to provide consent for our use of non-essential cookies. We may repeat this request on subsequent visits to our Site, for example if you delete cookies from your browser or we need to request new consents from you.
When we seek your consent, you will either be able to provide consent for all non-essential cookies that we would like to use, or you can tailor your cookie preferences (provide consent for some but not all non-essential cookies) using our Cookie Preference Centre. You can also change your preferences and/or withdraw consent at any time by visiting our Cookie Preference Centre.
Just as a reminder, where cookies are essential to the operation of our Site, we can use these without your consent and they cannot be managed using our Cookie Preference Centre.
6. WHAT ABOUT GOOGLE CHROME OR OTHER BROWSER COOKIES?
Separately to our use of Google Analytics cookies, when you access the Site via Google applications such as Google Chrome, Google may collect user information for the purpose of Google serving personalised advertising across your devices. Google is able to place these advertising cookies on the devices used by visitors to the Site because we use Google services to run the Site. However, these cookies are dropped for Google’s own purposes and as such we do not have any control over how or when they are dropped. You will need to opt out of receiving these cookies via your Google settings. For further information about these cookies please see: https://policies.google.com/technologies/types?hl=en-US. Please note that other browsers may use similar tools.
7. DOES THIS POLICY CHANGE?
8. HAVE ANY FEEDBACK FOR US?