A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.
Some of our website pages may also contain a small transparent image file or line of code to record how you interact with them. They are often used in conjunction with web browser cookies and they are used to help us better analyse and improve our services and target relevant advertising based on your browsing behaviour and interests.
We use the following cookies and tracking technologies:
- Strictly necessary. These are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Targeting. These record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose: if you have visited our site you may be served with our advertising on third party sites (for example on Facebook).