Date last revised: April 2019
What are cookies?
Cookies are files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Your web browser (like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari) then sends these cookies back to our website [or application] on each subsequent visit.
To recognise your device(s) when you visit our website;
To remember if you’ve set any preferences on our website;
To temporarily store data – for example, this may be used as part of customer surveys;
To test new content and assess its performance;
To track you as you go through our website (we do this to track page usage, and see what paths have been used by visitors on our website; we also track the use of our Internet banner advertisements and other links from our marketing partners’ websites);
To improve our website’s usability;
To allow you to share pages with social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and to support social media components, like Facebook or Twitter (where our website uses a plugin from these third party platforms);
To make sure you don’t miss information that’s relevant to you (we target information to our users, such as website content, marketing campaigns, direct marketing emails, and Internet banner advertisements on our website and other websites);
To analyse use of our website (we do this for statistical analysis and, sales and marketing research).
We may also combine this web usage data with other information we have collected about you, and we store this information so we can have a better and more specific understanding of the way people are using our website, and their preferences and interests.
We use the following cookies on our Website:
Targeting cookies - these cookies record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make it, and the advertising displayed on it, more relevant to your interests.
Functionality cookies - these are used to recognise you when you return to the Website. This enables us to personalise its content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Analytical/performance cookies - they allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the Website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way the Website works (for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily); and
Strictly necessary cookies - these are cookies that are required for the operation of the Website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Website.