What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can do a number of things, e.g., remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket, and counting the number of people looking at a website.
- Analytical purposes: Analytical cookies allow us to recognize, measure and track visitors to our Site. This helps us to improve and develop the way our Site works, for example, by determining whether Site visitors can find information easily, or by identifying the aspects of the Site that are of the most interest to them.
- Usage preferences: Some of the cookies on our Site are activated when visitors to our Site make a choice about their usage of the Site. Our Site then ‘remembers’ the settings preferences of the user concerned. This allows us to tailor aspects of the Site to the individual user.
- Session management: This type of cookie helps the website track internet usage. Session cookies are temporary and are deleted from your machine when your web browser closes.
- Functional purposes: Functional purpose cookies store information that is needed by our applications to process and operate. For example, where transactions or requests within an application involve multiple workflow stages, cookies are used to store the information from each stage temporarily, in order to facilitate completion of the overall transaction or request.
- Persistent cookies: These cookies store data on a computer for the duration of the period set within the cookie’s file, which is determined by the entity controlling the cookie, and can range from a few minutes to several years, or until manually deleted.
If you do not wish to accept cookies in connection with your use of this Site, you must stop using our Site or withdraw your consent as stipulated below.
Withdraw Your Consent:
Control Cookies through Browser Controls: You can use your web browser to:
- delete all cookies;
- block all cookies;
- allow all cookies;
- block third-party cookies;
- clear all cookies when you close the browser;
- open a ‘private browsing’ / ‘incognito’ session, which allows you to browse the internet without storing local data; and
- install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality.
Google has developed a browser add-on to allow users to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites that use this popular analytics product.
If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some your internet browser preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.
Additional Information: You can visit AllAboutCookies.org for additional information on how you can control, block, and/or delete cookies.