WHAT IS A COOKIE?
- Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information that are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.
- Cookies help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service, for instance by storing information about your preferences and allowing us to recognise you when you return to our site. You may refuse to accept cookies by activating settings on your internet browser. However, please note that if you select such settings certain parts of our site may not work properly.
- The information we collect may include IP addresses, browser version, number of visits, which pages you access and your viewing preferences.
USE OF PIXELS AND WEB BEACONS
- Some of our web pages may contain pixels which is code embedded into web pages and electronic images known as web beacons, among other things, that allow us to count users who have visited these pages.
- Pixels and web beacons may collect limited information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the web page resides.
- Security cookies: These help us secure the platform or deal with spam or other unauthorised activities.
- Analytical cookies: These allow us to maintain and monitor the platform for number of visitors, the pages they are visiting and their movements across the platform.
- Functional cookies: These enable us to remember you if you have chosen to be remembered at login and in some cases personalise your experience.
- Advertising cookies: These are set by our third party advertising services. See below.
THIRD PARTY COOKIES
- Google Analytics: This site uses Google Analytics which helps us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. We do not collect data for display and search marketing or advertising reporting features. Our data retention period is set to the minimum of 14 months.
- Google Adsense: We use Google AdSense to serve advertising. Google and its partners use advertising cookies to enable them to serve ads based on a user’s previous visits to the platform or other websites.
CONSENT TO COOKIES
- Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. However, please note that if you select such settings you may be unable to access certain parts of our site or certain content or functionality may not be available.
- If you’d like to opt out of other third party cookies relating to behavioural advertising, please go to www.youronlinechoices.eu. Opting out does not mean you will no longer receive online advertising. It does mean that the company or companies from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your web preferences and usage patterns.