What are cookies and similar technologies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device and to remember your actions and preferences (such as login details, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time.
Cookies store information in your browser or device utilizing local shared objects or local storage, such as flash cookies, HTML 5 cookies, and other web application software methods. These technologies can operate across all of your browsers, and in some instances may not be fully managed by your browser and may require management directly through your installed applications or device. We do not use these technologies for storing information to target advertising to you on or off our Website.
First and Third Party Cookies
Cookies can be ‘first party’ or ‘third party’, depending on the website or domain placing the cookie. On our Website, first party cookies are cookies set by us and information is collected and used by us. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a company other than ourselves, and the information collected is controlled by that other company. For more information on third party cookies used on the Website, see the “Types of cookies used on our Website” section below.
Session and Persistent Cookies
You are free to block, delete, or disable these cookies in general by changing the settings on your browser or device, or by changing specific settings for our Website, although please be aware that if you do, some of the functionality of our Website will be lost.
We rely on your consent to use first and third party cookies (except “strictly necessary cookies”, as described below).
You can find more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, at www.aboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu.
Types of cookies used on our Website
Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our Website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Website, add items to your basket or to make payments via our Website. We do not require your consent in order to place these cookies since they provide essential Website functionality and without them, you would be unable to use our Website and services.
Preference cookies. These are used to collect information about you and your choices to allow us to recognize you when you return to our Website. This enables us to enhance and personalize our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region and your log-in information).
Analytical/performance cookies. These cookies collect information about your use of our Website. For example, analytical/performance cookies allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and show us how visitors use and interact with our Website, the items that have been clicked on and the individual pages that have been viewed. This helps us to improve the way our Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. Any information collected is only used by us for purposes related to improving our Website. When you first access our Website, we ask for your consent to place analytical/performance cookies on your device.
Advertising cookies. These cookies are set to display targeted promotions or advertisements based upon your interest on our Website or to manage our advertising. These cookies collect information about your activities on our Website and other websites to provide you with targeted advertising.
Pixel tags. Pixel tags (also known as web beacons and clear GIFs) are used to, among other things, track the actions of users of the Website, measure the success of our marketing campaigns, and compile statistics about usage of the Website and response rates.
LSOs. We use Local Shared Objects (“LSOs”) and other technologies to, among other things, collect and store information about your use of the Website. If you do not want LSOs stored on your computer, you can adjust your settings to block LSO storage using the tools contained in our Website.
Browser or Device Information. Certain information is collected by most browsers or automatically through your device, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Mac), screen resolution, operating system name and version, device manufacturer and model, language, Internet browser type and version, and the name and version of the Website you are using. We use this information to ensure that the Website functions properly.
Physical Location. We collect the physical location of your device by, for example, using satellite, cell phone tower, or WiFi signals. We use your device’s physical location to provide you with personalized location-based services and content. We also share your device’s physical location, combined with information about what advertisements you viewed and other information we collect, with our marketing partners to enable them to provide you with more personalized content and to study the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. In some instances, you can allow or deny such uses and sharing of your device’s location, but if you do, we and our marketing partners may not be able to provide you with the applicable personalized services and content.
Device Fingerprinting. In order to be able to offer you content that we believe may interest you based on your activity on the Website, and for fraud prevention and authentication purposes, we may also use other technologies that are similar to cookies. For example, we may gather device attributes and combine information collected by most browsers or automatically through your device to create a unique ID that identifies your browser or device to us with reasonable certainty. In this context we may collect, use, and combine the following information:
How to control and delete cookies
You can change your web browser’s settings to refuse or accept cookies. In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” facility). Alternatively, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org for further information on how to change cookie settings across various browsers (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari). However, please be aware that, if you refuse or disable cookies, some of the Website’s functionality may be lost.
Please note that this will not fully remove the cookies that have already been set on your device. You can delete cookies that have already been placed on your device by following these instructions: