What are cookies?
Internet cookies are small strings of text placed on users' hard drive during the data exchange that happens when a browser points to a website. The browser stores the message in a text file which is sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This allows the website to recognise your visit and differentiate you from other users of the website. The term ‘cookies’ also includes technologies that operate in a similar way to traditional web cookies, such as pixels or tags. A pixel or tag is a snippet of code that enable cookies to be stored on your device. These allow us to identify a user’s browser as they navigate different websites.
Overall, cookies perform a range of functions, enabling you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, ensuring that you only receive advertisements online that are relevant to you, and helping us to analyse the use of our websites and online content.
What are the different types of cookies?
There are different types of cookies with different functions. On our website we use the following:
Strictly Necessary cookies. Strictly Necessary cookies are needed for the website to function and cannot be switched off within our website. These cookies do not collect information from a user's computer, and do not identify an individual user. These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the site and use its features and, without them, we cannot provide you with a service.
Analytics cookies. Performance Analytics cookies allow us to understand how effectively our website is functioning and to better understand user needs and behaviours. They provide us with insight into web page usage and provide us with information on how visitors navigate our website. This data allows us to assess and improve website user experience. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor at an individual level and, except for limited purposes, do not pass personally identifiable information to any external third party.
Marketing cookies. Marketing cookies are deployed or updated when a user interacts with marketing communications such as online adverts, marketing emails or marketing-based landing pages on our website. They do not directly store personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. This data is collected in order to determine the pages you visit and, if applicable, how you were directed to our website. In particular, marketing cookies help us identify whether you have opened a targeted email, clicked a link on a marketing email. This data is then used to improve marketing and communications activities.
Third party cookies. Third Party cookies are set by other websites or apps you have visited or used previously. We do not have control over these cookies and as such may be subject to change. Some third party cookies are used for the purpose of providing us with web analytics and intelligence about our sites which may also be used to provide measurement services and target ads. For further information as to when and how such third parties might collect and use your personal information, review the privacy policies of popular platforms and browsers such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Marketo, LinkedIn, Knotch, Instagram and Yoptima.
Can I disable cookies?
Will this policy be updated?
This policy was last updated on 8 August 2023.