LAST UPDATED: MAY 13, 2022
What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work or work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information. It can also improve your experience when using a website by:
- Remembering preferences, so you don’t have to keep re-entering your choices when you visit again
- Measuring how you use a site so that changes can be made to ensure it meets your needs.
We use first and third-party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Online Properties. Third parties serve cookies through our Websites for advertising, analytics, and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.
The specific types of first and third-party cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform are described below (please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific Online Properties you visit).
The types of cookies that we use
This section describes more information about the cookie technology that we use on our website for which we are responsible.
Third-party providers of the cookie technology that we use may process data collected by the cookies on our website, in an aggregated form, for their own purposes. If this is the case in respect of any of the third-party cookie providers that we use.
- 'Essential' Cookies or 'Strictly Essential' Cookies
We use essential cookies to run the core functions of our website, so that you may visit and move around it, and use its features. We do not require your consent to use these cookies but you may be able to block these cookies yourself on your device/browser. However, without these cookies, our site is unlikely to work as you would expect and certain services that you may ask for, for example, logging in to your account, may not be possible.
Where we process 'personal data' using these essential cookies, we do so on the basis of our legitimate interests to provide a website for visitors to use and to promote our business.
- 'Analytics' Cookies
We use analytics cookies for statistical analysis purposes. This helps us to understand how visitors use and move around our website, which informs improvements and adaptions to our website to best meet our visitors' needs by, for example, making the most popular features readily available and accessible or ensuring that our site works properly on the devices and technologies that our visitors use.
These cookies work by using a distinctive sequence of characters from which your browser or device can be identified, which, for example, can be used by us to recognize the date and time of your visit to our site. Our analytics cookies may also collect information about your browser type and settings, device type and settings, operating system, and mobile network. This information is used to distinguish you from other visitors to our site, but it cannot be used to identify you as a named individual.
We will only set these types of cookies where you have provided us with your consent to do so by choosing to 'Allow all cookies'. Where we process your personal information using these types of cookies, we do so on the basis of that consent.
Rejecting our analytics cookies will prevent us from collecting the data described above to improve our site for you and other visitors. The performance and functionality of our site will not be affected.
- 'Social Media' Cookies
- provide us with anonymized demographics and browsing activity information of the logged-in visitors to our own website;
- help us to tailor our advertising on the websites of those third parties to previous logged-in visitors to certain pages of our own site; and
- help us measure the effectiveness of our advertising.
These cookies work by using a distinctive sequence of characters from which your browser or device can be identified. Social media cookies may also collect information about your browser type and settings, device type and settings, operating system, and mobile network. This information is used to distinguish you from other visitors to our site, but it cannot be used to identify you personally.
We will only set these types of cookies where you have provided us with your consent to do so by either choosing to 'Allow all cookies' or by adjusting your cookie settings. When we process your personal information using these types of cookies, we will do so on the basis of your consent.
The rejection of these cookies will prevent us from relating your visits to our website to our social media platforms like Instagram. It will also prevent any cookies that you have given consent for Instagram to use to better understand your browsing behavior to be stored on your device.
Cookie set by the third parties
'Third-party cookies' are cookies set by a domain other than the one that you are visiting. When you visit our website, third-party organizations may place cookies on your browser, even if you are not a logged-in member of those organizations. This is because third-party cookies do not require you to actively engage with the third party's content or visit their site, just load a page on which the third party's technology sits. We use third-party technologies such as video and audio hosting platforms to view videos and listen to podcasts on our website. The providers of these technologies can provide cookies in your browser when you visit the pages on our website where we use their technologies.
These cookies may inform the third party organizations about your visit to our site which may be used by those organizations to deliver targeted messages and advertising to you. In all cases, we do not set these cookies nor do we have access to the information they collect. Such cookies are subject to the third-party organizations' own cookie policies.
How can You control cookies?
All modern browsers will let you change your cookie settings to give you broad control over cookies. You can set your browser to accept or reject all, or certain, cookies. Here are a few of the most popular:
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
The specific types of first and third-party cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform are described in the table below (please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific Online Properties you visit).
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