Questions you may ask about cookies
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file that we save onto your device when you visit our websites. Most of the cookies we use will need your permission, by way of 'Consent', to allow us to do this.
What is the purpose of Cookies?
There are several different types of cookies used for different purposes. Some of these are for our benefit, to help us improve our website and improving the user experience. Others are to ensure security and help prevent fraud and are strictly necessary to provide the 'information society service' (requesting content to load on a webpage/a service over the internet) requested by you. Other types of cookie are more aligned to your preferences, such as what we think you might like to see in terms of direct marketing of our services.
Cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website. We understand that everyone is unique and has different preferences. By using cookies, we can tailor the direct marketing that you see, and we can understand the webpages you may be most interested in, so your browsing experience is better for you. We can give you more choices when using cookies, such as saving your username, so you do not have to type this in every time you log into your account. When we place a cookie on your device, it is retrieved by the website that placed it there in the first place, or any other website, which may use that specific cookie.
Cookies cannot be executed as code or used to deliver viruses and they cannot enable us to access your hard drive. We cannot read any information on your hard drive even if we store cookies there.
What if I use more than one device?
Cookies relate to each device, and therefore if you are accessing the same webpage from multiple devices (phone, iPad, and laptop for example), you need to set your cookie preferences for each device. If you say no to marketing cookies on your laptop for example, you will still get marketing on your phone if you have not also selected your preferences specifically on your phone.
What are the different categories of cookies?
What are the different types of cookies?
What type of data do cookies contain?
This list is not an exhaustive list, and the type of data will depend on specific websites, and the purpose of the Cookie:
How do I give 'Consent' for using cookies?
There are a few ways in which you can give Consent for using Cookies that need your consent.
How do I withdraw 'Consent' for using cookies?
To withdraw consent for cookies
Most internet browsers automatically accept cookies unless you change your browser settings. If you wish to restrict, block or delete the cookies which are set by any websites, you can generally do this through your browser settings. These settings are usually found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your internet browser.
Please note however that if you set your internet browser preferences to block all cookies, you may not be able to access all or parts of our websites.
Unless you have adjusted your internet browser settings to block cookies, our site will set cookies.
How to change or stop how we communicate with you?
You can opt out of our emails by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our messages.
If you wish to change or stop how we communicate with you, please get in touch with us – details are set out at the end of our Privacy Notice on this website.
This policy was last updated on 28 January 2021.