Cookies are text-only strings of information that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit our Website or another Website using our implemented Web tool. Your Web browser then sends these Cookies back to the originating Website on each subsequent visit, or to another Website that recognizes those Cookies.
Cookies may be set either by the Website you are visiting (“First-Party Cookies”) or by third-party Websites that run Content on the Website you are viewing (“Third-Party Cookies”). They may be stored either for the duration of your visit to the Website or for repeat visits.
There are four main types of Cookies:
Strictly Necessary Cookies: These Cookies are essential to enable you to login, navigate around and use the features of a Website, or to provide a Service requested by you; for example, by remembering items you have placed in an online shopping basket. We do not need to obtain your consent in order to use these Cookies.
Functionality Cookies: These Cookies allow the Website to remember choices you make (such as your username, language or the region in which you are located) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a Website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by using a Cookie to store information about the region in which you are currently located, remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of Web pages that you can customize and provide services for which you have asked, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect remains anonymous and cannot track your browsing activity on other Websites.
Performance Cookies: These Cookies collect information about how you use a Website. For example, which pages you go to most often, and record difficulties you may experience while using the Website; for example, error messages. All information collected by these Cookies is aggregated and, therefore, anonymous. They are only used to improve the efficiency of the Website.
Targeting Cookies or Advertising Cookies: These Cookies are used to deliver advertisements tailored to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement, as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the Website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a Website and this information is shared with other organizations, such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising Cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organization.
Meanwhile, there are various ways in which you can manage and control your Cookie settings. You should bear in mind that, by deleting or blocking Cookies, some or all of the Websites you visit (or features of them) may not work properly or as effectively.
Most modern Web browsers will provide you with some general information about Cookies, enable you to see what Cookies you have, allow you to delete them all or on an individual basis and enable you to block or allow Cookies for all Websites or individually selected Websites. You can also normally turn off third-party advertising Cookies separately.
Please note that if you adjust your Cookie settings via your Web browser, then, unless you delete or block each Cookie individually, the changes will apply to all Websites that you visit – not just our Websites. You will also need to adjust your Cookies on a browser-by-browser basis.
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