What are cookies and why do we use them?
Cookies are small text files stored in your browser’s memory by our websites. They are commonly used to support various functions on our websites.
Cookies do other very useful jobs, such as tell us which pages you visited the most, understand how effective our website has been to you, and improve our communication to you on our products and services.
Depending on the job the cookie needs to perform, it may be a session or persistent cookie:
Persistent cookies are retained on your device until you either erase them or your browser erases them when the cookie reaches its expiration date.
Session cookies are temporary and expire once you close your browser or once your session ends.
What type of cookies do we use?
To help you better understand what cookies we apply to our websites, we have classified our cookies in four categories: Strictly Necessary, Performance, Functional and Targeting.
Category 1: Strictly Necessary
These cookies are essential for the operation of our website, your browsing experience and they are also used to enable authentication and security.
We use the information collected by these cookies to:
Monitor that our websites are operating correctly and deliver content to you reliably;
temporarily allowing you to carry information between pages of our website to avoid having to re-enter that information;
If necessary, carry your information across pages to avoid re-entering
Remember your cookie consent decisions
As strictly necessary cookies are essential for our website to work, they cannot be disabled at our end. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies but opting out of them may cause some parts of our websites to not work.
Category 2: Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information on how you use our website. For example, which pages you have visited and whether you have experienced any errors during your visit. They may also be used to perform website analytics. This data collected by these cookies is stored in an aggregate form and will not directly identify you as an individual.
Category 3: Functionality Cookies
These cookies remember you so that we can improve, enhance and personalise your visit to our website.
Third party cookies
We may work with third parties to set the above-mentioned cookies when you interact with our website. These third parties include our partners and service providers, such as advertisers, search engines, or analytics platforms that enable us to improve and personalise your experiences on our websites and deliver relevant content to you.
We do not share any data with these third parties that may identify you.
You can at any time withdraw or manage your cookie consent using the cookie management window that can be accessed from the Manage Cookies link located in the footer of each page on our website.
You can also opt out of cookies by changing the settings in your browser. Most web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. By changing these settings, in most cases you can choose to not accept any cookies, or to not accept third party cookies.
Removing cookies in your browser settings means that any preference settings you have made on a website will be lost (including any consent preferences regarding cookies where that is available).
Please also note that blocking all cookies means that functionality on our websites will be lost as described above. We don’t recommend turning all cookies off when using our websites.
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