Please read this policy in conjunction with our privacy notice, which sets out additional details on how we use personal data and your various rights.
What are cookies?
Cookies are a type of data storage placed on your computer by the applications you use or the websites you visit. They are used to record specific information related to you, for example to provide internet traffic information to the owners of the website. First – party storage use is set directly by the website the user is visiting, ie the URL displayed in the browser's address bar. Thirdparty storage use is set by a domain other than the one the user is visiting. This typically occurs when the website incorporates elements from other sites, such as images, social media plugins or advertising. When the browser or other software fetches these elements from the other sites, they can set cookies as well. First and third party cookies fall into the following categories:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of websites. They include, for example, cookies that enable users to log into secure areas of websites, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of website visitors and to see how visitors move around websites when they are using them. This helps improve the way the websites work, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise users when users return to a website. This enables us to personalise content for data subjects, greet data subjects by name and remember data subject’s preferences (e.g. choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record data subjects’ visit to websites, the pages visited, and the links followed we use this information to our website(s) and the advertising displayed thereon more relevant to users’ interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Functions usually performed by a cookie can be achieved by other means. This could include, for example, using certain characteristics to identify devices so that visits to a website can be analysed or in order to deliver various functionalities. HTML 5 local storage and IndexDb are two such commonly used browser storage methods, and we have included the ways in which they are made use of by this website, below.