What Cookies Are
A web cookie, a commonly used data collection technology, is simply a piece of text which can be placed on the browser of your personal computer or mobile device and subsequently read as you visit a web-site. A cookie may be a session cookie, that is, a cookie that remains on your browser while you are logged on to a particular web-site and then disappears when you close your browser, or it may be a persistent cookie, a cookie that remains on your browser over a period of time. Information from a cookie may be collected and used in aggregate form or data may be collected into an individual profile or record. That individual record may either be unique but anonymous, or the profile can be linked with information that identifies you as an individual.
You can learn more about cookies, generally, at www.aboutcookies.org.uk
We may use a limited number of cookies essential to particular services you have requested or for security purposes. If you have registered for a site or use a customer portal we may use a cookie to authenticate the pc or mobile device that you are using.
We allow third parties to set analytics, or performance, cookies to collect and report aggregate information. These cookies provide reporting to us on an aggregate basis and so, do not identify you at all. We use the aggregate reports to understand how our Sites are used and improve their usefulness to our audiences.
A number of cookies also support how our Sites function, identifying your PC or end-device on a unique but anonymous basis. These cookies may, for example, remember your language preferences or recognize an individual’s activity within a single session.
We may conduct an analysis of user traffic to measure the use of our Sites and to improve the content of our Sites and our services. This analysis will be performed through the use of IP addresses and cookies.
We use web beacons and pixels in our emails to track delivery and open rates. Our email provider delivers cookies with our email to recognise a user’s response. The results are stored and reported on against the individual’s email address and the account profile within our database.
How You Can Control Cookies
The cookies we use or allow are an accepted part of e-commerce and important to your use of our Sites. Performance cookies allow us to understand our audiences as a whole and improve how our sites meet your needs and expectations. Many of the functional cookies are basic to how our sites and services work. The cookies we use for registration allow us to conduct our business online. Our sites and services, or parts of them, may not work properly without these cookies.
Most modern browsers offer you ways to control or block cookies. These browser controls will usually be found in the “options’ or “preferences” menu. For more help, you may take a look at the “Help” settings or review the following web-site for more details: www.aboutcookies.org.uk
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or alter these Terms and Conditions of Access at any time without prior notice to you. Such changes will become effective immediately upon their posting on the Site.