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What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are placed on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help remember username and preferences, analyse how well websites are performing, or even recommend relevant content. Full details on the types of cookies we use are set out below.
What personal information is collected?
Certain cookies contain personal information - for example, if you click to 'remember me' 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.
What sort of cookies do our websites use?
|ASP.NET||ASP.NET- SessionID||First party||This cookie is essential for site functionality and is used to store and retrieve values for a user as they navigate the site. It is held temporarily in memory and is deleted when the browser is closed.||microsoft.com|
|Third party||These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. Google Analytics collects anonymous information such as pages you visit on this site, the browser and operating system you use and time spent viewing pages. The purpose of this information is to help us improve the site for future visitors. The cookie PREF is used to remember the visitor’s basic preferences such as whether they want search results in English or whether they have opted for a SafeSearch setting. This cookie will expire in two years’ after creation.||Click here for an overview of privacy at Google|
|First party||These cookies are implmented by the CMS solution to establish how visitors use the site, and to track anonymous users and providde analytics|
|Third party||These are cookies set when implementing vieo from Youtube, these track the video interactions.|
|Third party||This cookie is used to identify track visitors across all websites serving advertising by Google and DoubleClick, so that Google can target ads to those visitors' interests.|
Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
1. Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify subscribers and ensure they can access the subscription only pages. If a subscriber opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that a subscription entitles them to.
2. Performance cookies
We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our wesbites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or website services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
3. Functionality cookies
We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing your username every time you access one of the websites, and recall your customisation preferences, such as which regional edition of the website you want to see when you log in.
4. Behaviourally targeted advertising cookies
If you want to opt-out of Google Analytics you can download and install the add-on for your web browser. For more information, click here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.
How to delete and block cookies
Cookies help you to get the most out of our websites. However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions below.
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our websites do not work properly.
You can easily remove any cookies that have been created in the cookied folder of your browser. For example, if you are on a Windows machine, here are the steps on how to use Windows Explorer to erase cookie files:
- Click on 'Windows Explorer'
- Select the 'Search' button on the tool bar
- Enter “cookie” into the search box field for 'Folders and Files'
- Choose 'My Computer' in the 'Look In' drop down menu
- Click on 'Search Now'
- Select and open the folders that are retrieved
- Click to highlight any cookie file
- Click the 'Delete' key to erase the cookie file
If you don't have Windows Explorer, click the 'help' function on your 'start' button and enter 'cookies' to search for information on how to locate the folder. Further information can be found at the links below:
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari
You can also block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies initally. 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 websites.
If you use different computers in different locations you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.
Do we track whether users open our emails?
Our emails may contain a single, campaign-unique 'web beacon pixel' to tell us whether our emails are opened and verfiy any click through to links or advertisements within the email. We may use this information for purposes including determining which of our emails are more interesting to users, to query whether users who do not open our emails wish to continue receiving them and inform our advertisers in aggregate how many users have clicked on their advertisements. The pixel will be deleted when you delete the email. If you do not wish the pixel to be downloaded to your device, you should select to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML.
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Changes to this policy
Any changes we may make to this policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where possible, notified to you by email. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes.