What is a Cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Cookies do not contain malicious software programs, spyware or viruses and are used as a means to collect an end user’s information in order to improve the user experience, by making the interaction between the user and the website faster and more personalised, by remembering a user’s activity for the duration of the visit to the site ‘Session cookie’ or for repeated visits ‘Persistent cookie’.
What Cookies do we use?
We use the following different types of cookies:
These are temporary cookies which are deleted when you close your browser or leave your session on our site or in the product or service. We use session cookies on our site to identify and track users and to store information about your preferences. Our session cookies may also contain your company name and email address.
Persistent cookies enable our site to ‘remember’ who you are and to remember your preferences on our site. Persistent cookies will stay on your computer or device after you close your browser or leave your session.
Load Balancer cookie
This cookie is essential to help ensure that the website loads efficiently by distributing visits across multiple web servers.
Web analytics cookies and similar technologies such as Google Analytics
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Google stores the information collected by the cookies on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
Unless you opt-out of the Google Cookie, by using this site you consent to the use of the Google Cookie and any information generated by Google Analytics. Click or copy and paste the link into your browser: http://www.google.com/analytics/ for an overview of privacy at Google and for information on how to opt-out from all Google Analytics cookies.
What information is collected?
The following information is collected in a cookie:
• Your IP Address. This is a string of numbers unique to your device that is recorded by the web server, when you request any page or component on the website. This information is used to monitor your usage of the website.
• Data recorded by the website, which allows the website to ‘recognize’ you to optimize the session performance.
At no time, is any personal information collected.
Visitors can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Settings, see https://www.google.com/settings/ads. Additionally, visitors may wish to use the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on found at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/
For a list of how to manage all the different browser cookies, here or copy and paste the link into your browser: http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/managing-cookies