What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive or mobile device by your web browser (if you allow) that enable the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. These cookies can save your settings on a website and are used to deliver a more efficient and enjoyable website experience by storing information about how you use the website. For example, storing information on the pages you visited which allows for suggesting related content based on a previous visit.
There are two types of cookies: (i) First-party cookies which are set by the website you are visiting and (ii) Third-party cookies which come from other websites e.g. ads embedded on a page using Google services.
Are Cookies harmful?
Cookies cannot access any information on your computer other than the information you have openly disclosed to the website which sent the cookies to your computer. Cookies can’t be executed as code and as such cannot distribute malware.
What types of cookies do we use?
- Understand and save user’s preferences for future visits
- Keep track of advertisements
- Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions to offer you better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third party services that track this information on our behalf.
Changing Your Settings for Cookies
You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser, which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting some features will be disabled on our websites, and some of our services may not function properly.
Furthermore, you can disable Google Analytics Tracking by using Google Analytics Opt-out browser plugin. Just click the link and follow the steps: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
You will find further information concerning Google Analytics Terms of Service and data privacy here: https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html.
For more information including how to change your cookie settings or block cookies altogether, please visit http://www.aboutcookies.org/. Please remember that blocking cookies may alter your experience of using this website.