Cookies and your privacy
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server. Each cookie contains anonymised information about how you use our websites and applications, which allows us to improve your experience of using our products and services.
Cookies by themselves cannot be used to identify you. To find out more about cookies please view the Information Commissioner’s Office guide to cookies.See types of cookie used on our websites and applications
These are temporary cookies that are saved on your computer or mobile device until you leave our website. They carry information across pages of our websites and applications, for instance:
- remembering items in a shopping basket
- so you can remain logged in as you browse our web pages
These cookies remain on your computer for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie). They are used to:
- help us recognise you as a unique visitor (just a number) when you return to our website and allow us to tailor content based on your previous preferences
- compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to improve the website
- ensure you are not invited to complete website questionnaires too often or after you have already done so
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you that amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store specific personal information but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.
Social Media Cookies
These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.
If you prefer, it is possible to disable cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features on our websites if cookies are disabled.See how to disable cookies
Click on the links below to find out how to disable and/or delete cookies on your internet browsers and mobile device.
For mobile devices:
To opt-out of your personal information being collected by Google Analytics, please view the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
List of cookies we use
Please click on the links below to see the lists of cookies we use on each of our various websites:
To find out what other information we collect from you as a data subject, how and when it may be collected, and what happens to it, please visit our privacy statement.