‘Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website. For information on essential cookies, see the section below entitled About cookies.
For information on how you consent and how you can withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies and other technologies on your computer or device, see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies.
Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.
Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:
- used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.
Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyse your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).
Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
Session cookies: session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies: persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.
Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.
First party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.
Third party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.
If you require further information about cookies in general, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
List of cookies used
|Name of cookie||Type of cookie||First or third party||Session or persistent||Timescale||Purpose|
|CookieConsent||essential||First party||Persisitent||1 Year||Stores the user's cookie consent state for the current domain|
|csrftoken||essential||Third Party||Persistent||1 Year||Helps prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.|
|SESS#||essential||Third Party||Session||Preserves users states across page requests.|
|@@History/@@scroll|#||analytical / statistics||Third Party||Session||HTML Local storage|
|GAPS||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Persisitent||2 Years||Used by Google to identify the user when sharing content with a Google +1 button.|
|CheckConnectionTempCookie#||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Session||Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies.|
|NID||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Persistent||6 months||Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads.|
|_twitter_sess||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Session||Collects anonymous data related to the user's visits to the website, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website and which pages have been loaded, with the purpose of personalising and improving the Twitter service.|
|personalization_id||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Persistent||2 Years|
|targeting / marketing||Third Party||Persistent||2 Years||Collects anonymous data related to the user's visits to the website, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website and which pages have been loaded, with the purpose of personalising and improving the Twitter service.|
|ct0||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Session|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Persistent||179 days||Tries to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.|
|GPS||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Session||Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.|
|YSC||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Session||Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.|
|PREF||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Persistent||8 months||Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.|
|_auth||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Persistent||1 Year|
|_pinterest_sess||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Persistent||1 Year|
|G_ENABLED_IDPS||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Persistent||2915216 days|
|cm_sub||targeting / marketing||Third Party||Persistent||1 Year|
These are cookies which are strictly necessary for our website to be able to operate or to provide you with a service on our website which you have requested. We use the following essential cookies on our website:
- first party session cookie to recognise when a user has been authenticated (logged in). This cookie is: PHPSESSID
Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from essential cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interests: ensuring our site functions properly and providing you with online services you have requested.
Most browsers allow you to block all cookies, including essential cookies. Please note, however, that if you block all cookies, parts of our website and its functionality may not work or display properly.
You can delete existing cookies from your browser by clearing your browsing data and ensuring that the option to delete cookies is selected.
For more detailed information on how to accept and reject cookies, including guidance for specific browsers, please see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies.
We use the following types of non-essential cookies on our website:
- Targeting (or advertising) cookies
Targeting (or advertising) cookies record information about your visit to and use of our website, for advertising purposes. We use the targeting cookies for the following purposes on our website. For information on third party targeting or advertising cookies we use on our website, please see the section below entitled Third party cookies.
How to opt in or out from advertising cookies
See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies
Processing information about you contained in or obtained from advertising cookies
Legal basis for processing: consent (Article 6(1)(a) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Consent: you give your consent to the purposes for which we process your information using advertising cookies by opting into the use of targeting/marketing cookies via our website cookie control tool.
Third party cookies
- third party cookies to track usage of embedded social media functionalities such as the viewing of Youtube videos, shares of posts via embdedded social media functions. Some of these are session based (_twitter_sess, ct0, GPS, YSC, collect, CheckConnectionTempCookie#, @@History/@@scroll|#,SESS# ) , whilst others are persistent. cm_sub(1 year), G_ENABLED_IDPS(2915216 days), _pinterest_sess(1 year), _auth(1 year), PREF (8months), VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE(179 days), guest_id(2 years), personalisation_id(2 years), NID(6 months), GAPS(2 Years)
How to opt in or out from third party cookies
See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies
Processing information about you contained in or obtained from third party cookies
Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from third party cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interests: the purposes for which we use the third party cookies as described above.
How to accept or reject cookies
There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below:
You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website. However, please be aware that doing so may impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.
You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org
How to accept or reject cookies
You can accept or reject cookies by using our cookie management tool. When you first visit our website, you will be see a banner at the top of the screen inviting you to accept or decline the use of each cookie we use on the website. You can opt out by deselecting the relevant checkbox(es). If you’d like to alter your cookie preferences via our cookie control tool, click the button below to re-activate it so you can amend your choices.
If you'd like to alter your cookie consent at any time, simply press the link below and change which boxes are ticked before pressing 'OK'.
You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out information about how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:
Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third party applications which you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.
You can manage and opt out of personalisation of advertisements by Google by visiting Google’s ad settings page hereand by:
- unticking the button entitled ‘Also use Google Account activity and information to personalize ads on these websites and apps and store that data in your Google Account’; and
- switching the ‘Ads Personalisation’ setting off (i.e. by ensuring the switch at the top of the page is set to the left/grey and not the right/blue).
Alternatively, you can install a free browser plugin here: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996
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