What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer or your mobile device when you visit our website.
Cookies are useful because they help us to enable you to have a better website experience. They allow us to recognise your device (e.g. your laptop or mobile device) so that we can tailor your experience of our website. Cookies do not identify you as an individual, just the device you are using. You can find out more about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies do lots of different jobs on this website, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, letting us analyse how well our website is performing, and improving your experience.
What information do they collect?
Cookies collect information about your browser and browsing session, such as:
- technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform; and
- information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time); products you viewed or searched for; page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page.
First and third party cookies
First-party cookies are cookies that belong to us; third-party cookies are cookies that another party places on your device through our Service. Third-party cookies may be placed on your device by someone providing a service for us, for example to help us understand how our service is being used.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
What types of cookies do we use?
|OptanonAlertBoxClosed||This cookie is set by websites using certain versions of the cookie law compliance solution from OneTrust. It is set after visitors have seen a cookie information notice and in some cases only when they actively close the notice down. It enables the website not to show the message more than once to a user. The cookie has a one year lifespan and contains no personal information.||1st Party||1 year|
|rlNetSesId||This is a cookie used to track activity when in transactional sites and is imperative for functionality. There could be one or more of these cookies in place.||1st Party||Session|
|_dc_gtm_UA-xxxxxxxx||This cookie is associated with sites using Google Tag Manager to load other scripts and code into a page. Where it is used it may be regarded as Strictly Necessary as without it, other scripts may not function correctly. The end of the name is a unique number which is also an identifier for an associated Google Analytics account.||1st Party||a few seconds|
|OptanonConsent||This cookie is set by the cookie compliance solution from OneTrust. It stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the users browser, when consent is not given. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor.||1st Party||1 year|
|ARRAffinity||This cookie is set by websites run on the Windows Azure cloud platform. It is used for load balancing to make sure the visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session.||1st Party||Session|
|_gid||This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.||1st Party||1 day|
|_gat_UA-nnnnnnn-nn||This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.||1st Party||a few seconds|
|_gclxxxx||Google conversion tracking cookie||1st Party||90 days|