What is a cookie?
Cookies are small files of letters and numbers that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website, which recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device.
Cookies do many different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
We use two broad categories of cookies:
- First party cookies, served directly by us to your computer.
- Third party cookies, served by a third party on our behalf. We use third party cookies to help us analyse our websites and their use.
Cookies may be distinguished into these major groups: "technical", “analytics”, “functional” and "profiling" cookies.
- Technical cookies are those used exclusively with a view to carrying out the transmission of a communication on an electronic communications network. This is strictly necessary to provide the user with a service requested. They are not used for further purposes and are usually installed directly by the data controller or the website manager.
They can be grouped into browsing or session cookies, which allow users to navigate and use a website
- Analytics cookies can be equated to technical cookies insofar as they are used directly by the website manager to collect aggregate information on the number of visitors and the pattern of visits to the website
- Functional cookies allow users to navigate as a function of certain pre-determined criteria such as language or services required by the users to improve the quality of service.
- Profiling cookies are aimed at creating user profiles. They are used to send ads messages in line with the preferences shown by the user during navigation. Users' prior consent is necessary to install these cookies.
- understand the total number of visitors to our sites on an ongoing basis and the types of internet browsers (e.g. Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer) and operating systems (e.g. Windows or Macintosh) used by our visitors;
- monitor our sites’ performance, including how visitors navigate our websites, and to improve our websites.
What types of cookies do we use?
The types of cookies used on our website can be classified into one of three categories, namely “essential website cookies”, “functionality cookies”, “analytics cookies”. The following table gives you further information about each category, and the purposes of the cookies we set:
|Type of cookie||What cookie does||Source and how to block|
|Essential website cookies||These cookies are essential to enable you to move around our website and use their features. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the Internet. These cookies are often session-specific, expiring after your visit to the website (session) has ended. This category of cookies can’t be disabled.||(first part cookies)|
|Functionality cookies||These cookies allow our websites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. This category of cookies can’t be disabled.||(first part cookies)|
|Cookie analytics and advertising cookies (third parties)||These cookies, including cache cookies, are set by Google Analytics, and are used to collect information about how visitors use our website, including the number of visitors, the websites that referred them to our website and the pages that they visited on our website. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve our websites, for example, by letting us know if users find any errors and by ensuring that users find what they are looking for easily. Typically, these cookies stay on your computer until you delete them.
With the user’s prior consent, Google may use information – even by comparing and interconnecting it with other it already owns – for advertising and profiling purposes. To accept or to reject these cookies used by Google for non-technical purposes, read the notice in the right column before you select your option.
|Google Analytics Google|
How to control or delete cookies
If you choose to reject cookies, you might not use all the functionalities of this website.
You can block cookies by changing your browser settings so that cookies from our website cannot be placed on your computer or mobile device. In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” facility). Disabling a cookie or category of cookie does not delete the cookie from your browser. You will need to do this yourself from within your browser.
If you choose to cancel, delete or activate cookies on your computer or mobile device, you may also use the options offered by the tools of the third parties.
In the following is a list of instructions about how to make your choices about cookies by setting your browser options:
For mobile devices, see the instructions in the user’s guide.
Further information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your device and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.