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Where do cookies come from?
Cookies can be set by different parties. First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time with the website displayed in the URL window. We use first-party cookies to monitor how visitors find and use our Website.
Cookies can last for different lengths of time. Session cookies only last for the duration of your visit to a website. We use session cookies to help improve your experience with us and to support key activities that you want to undertake.
Persistent cookies are written on to your computer’s browser and remain in place until they expire or you choose to delete them. We use persistent cookies to measure your engagement with our Website to change and develop them to improve your experience with us.
Different types of cookies do different things. The following types of cookies are used in connection with Websites, Mobile Sites and Apps:
To make full use of our Website cookies need to be enabled on your browser. Cookies are used to offer a personalised experience when browsing the Website on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. If you choose not to allow cookies or if you change your cookie preferences, you will still be able to browse the Website but your experience may not be as beneficial as if you have cookies enabled. Also, by not allowing cookies, certain features of the Website and some of our standard functionality may not work. The main benefits of accepting cookies are that they will allow us to improve your experience and remember information about you.
You have different options to manage the cookies on your computer/device. You can change your browser settings to prevent cookies from being accepted or, depending on which browser you are using, you might be able to receive an alert when a website is trying to place a cookie on your browser. With most browsers you can allow first party cookies to be set, but refuse third party cookies. Your browser’s ‘help’ menu should tell you how to block cookies or change your settings (how you adjust your browser will depend on the browser you are using).
You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Website.
You can delete cookies stored in your browser by using a function in your browser. Whilst this does not mean you won’t collect cookies in the future, it gives you freedom to delete your cookies after you have been online. This function is often known as ‘clearing cookies’, clearing your cookies on one browser of one device does not automatically clear them on another. You need to clear all browsers on all channels independently.
You can find some helpful information about cookies on www.aboutcookies.org (we are not responsible for the content of external websites).