What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well a website is performing, or even recommend content believed will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.
What sort of cookies does we use?
Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
1. Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of this website. For example, some cookies allow to identify subscribers and ensure they can access the subscription only pages. If a subscriber opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that a subscription entitles them to.
2. Analytical and/or Performance Cookies
Some cookies analyse how visitors use websites and to monitor website performance. They allow recognition and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around this website when they are using it. This can help to improve the way a website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
For example, performance cookies might be used to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that are considered of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
3. Functionality Cookies
Functionality cookies allow us to remember your preferences for your return visits to this website. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site. This also enables personalised content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
4. Behaviourally Targeted Advertising Cookies
We may publish Google Adsense interest-based advertisements on this website. These are tailored by Google to reflect your interests. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour across the web using cookies. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser using Google's Ads Preference Manager, available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/. You can opt-out of the Adsense partner network cookie at: http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html. However, this opt-out mechanism uses a cookie, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained. To ensure that an opt-out is maintained in respect of a particular browser, you should use the Google browser plug-in available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin.
Other third party cookies
When you use this website, you may also be sent the following third party cookies, which may be used for the following purposes:
Can a website user block cookies?
As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites.
However, if you do wish to disable cookies you are able to by utilising multiple 3rd party software plugins. Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of a website do not work properly.