A cookie is a small text file comprised of numbers and letters that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables our website to remember your actions and preferences over a period of time, which helps us provide the best user experience to you on our sites. Cookies also make our websites work appropriately.
We are allowed to store cookies on your computer which are essential for our website to function. For all non-essential cookies, we rely on your permission which is obtained by clicking accept and close to our cookie banner and/or the continued use of our websites.
- Essential cookies: no permission required
- Strictly necessary cookies: these are required for our website to function; for example, cookies enabling you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or e-billing services.
- Non-essential cookies: stored on your device where we have given you notice and you have provided your implicit consent to such storage by clicking accept and close to our cookie banner and/or the continued use of our websites
- Analytical/performance cookies: these allow us to recognise and count visitor numbers and see how they navigate the website. This helps us identify improvements; for example, speeding up searches.
- Functionality cookies: these recognise you when you return to our website, enabling us to personalise content for you and remember preferences (for example, your region).
- Targeting cookies: these cookies record your visit to our website, pages visited and links followed; we use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests.
By clicking to agree to our storage of cookies on your device and/or the continued use of our websites, you give us permission to use the types of cookies set out below, in the manner and for the purposes described; see “Cookies We Set”. We will record your acceptance for 60 days before we ask you to confirm your consent again.
If you wish to block or restrict cookies set by this or any other website you can do so through your web browser’s settings. The “Help” function (often in the main menu options at the top of your browser screen, and usually accessible by pressing the F1 key in Windows) should tell you how to do so.
Many browsers give a range of options for managing cookies, including obtaining consent for every cookie, blocking certain types of cookie and blocking cookies from unrecognised websites. You can set your browser to block all cookies; however, you should be aware that many sites will not work as smoothly as you are used to and some basic functionality that is dependent on cookies will not work at all.
The following links go to the relevant help sections for the major web browsers and explain how to manage your cookies:
- Chrome – https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647&p=cpn_cookies
- Safari OS X – http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/5.0/en/9277.html
- Safari iOS – http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677
- Internet Explorer – https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies;
- Firefox – http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Cookies?s=cookies&r=0&e=es&as=s