When you interact with the Site, we try to make that experience simple and meaningful. When you visit the Site, a web server sends a cookie or other similar technology to your computer or mobile device (as the case may be). Cookies are small pieces of information which are issued to your computer or mobile device (as the case may be) when you visit a website and which store and sometimes track information. A number of cookies we use last only for the duration of your web session and expire when you close your browser. Other cookies are used to remember you when you return to the Site and will last for longer.

The cookies and/or other similar technologies we use collect information, such as the type of internet browser or mobile device you use, any website from which you have come to the Site, your IP address and/or the operating system of your computer or mobile device.

We use cookies and/or other similar technologies to:

  • remember that you have visited us before. This means we can identify the number of unique visitors we receive. This allows us to make sure we have enough capacity for the number of users that we get;
  • customise elements of the promotional layout and/or content of the pages of the Site; and
  • collect anonymous statistical information about how you use the Site (including how long you spend on the Site) and where you have come to the Site from, so that we can improve the Site and learn which parts of the Site are most popular with users.

Some of the cookies used by the Site are set by us, and some are set by third parties who are delivering services on our behalf.

Most web and mobile device browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies by visiting http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different types of browser or mobile device and please visit http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/ to learn about interest based advertising cookies. Please note, however, that by blocking or deleting cookies used on the Site, you may not be able to take full advantage of the Site.

Our cookies

Cookie name

Purpose

Type & duration

 

disclaimer_cookie

Used on "Disclaimer Page“ – when a page is protected with a "Disclaimer“.

1 year

cookie_policy

This cookie is used when you accept the privacy and cookies policy.

1 year

 

Third party cookies

Cookie name

Purpose

Type & duration

 

More Information

_utma

This cookies enables us to distinguish between different users and session. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

2 years from set/update

These cookies are all operated by Google Analytics.

To learn more about Google Analytics please visit here

It is possible to opt-out of Google Analytics to please see here for more information

_utmb

This cookie allows us to determine new sessions/visits to the Site. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

30 mins from set/update

 

_utmc

Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.

End of browser session

 

_utmt

This cookie is used to help us manage traffic to the Site.

10 minutes

_utmz

We use this cookie to store the traffic source or campaign that explains how you reached our site. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

6 months from set/update

ga

We can distinguish users by using this cookie.

2 years

gat

This cookie is used to help us manage traffic to the Site.

10 minutes

 

Uses made of your information

 We use your personal information which we collect to:

  •  enable us to provide you with the services and information offered through the Site and which you request;
  •  audit the downloading of data from the Site;
  • improve the layout and/or content of the pages of the Site and customise them for users;
  • identify visitors to the Site;
  • carry out research on our users' demographics;
  • send you information we think you may find useful or which you have requested from us, including information about our products and services. We will only send you information which you request from us.