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What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating web domain on your subsequent visits to that domain. Most web pages contain elements from multiple web domains, so when you visit the Website, your browser may receive cookies from several sources. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device. Cookies allow you to navigate between pages efficiently, remember preferences and generally improve the user experience. They can also be used to tailor advertising to your interests through tracking your browsing across websites. Session cookies are deleted automatically when you close your browser and persistent cookies remain on your device after the browser is closed (for example to remember your user preferences when you return to a website).
What types of cookies do we use?
We describe the categories of cookies that we, our affiliates and our contractors use in this Cookies Notification.
Strictly necessary cookies (always enabled)
These cookies are essential to enable you to move around the Website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you have asked for (such as navigating between pages, using a shopping cart or e-billing services) cannot be provided.
Performance and Analytics cookies (always enabled)
We make use of performance and analytics cookies to analyse how our visitors use the Website and to monitor the Website’s performance. This allows us to provide a high-quality experience by customising our offering, and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the Website. The information collected by these cookies is not associated with your personal information by us or by our contractors.
Website Functionality cookies (optional cookies)
We use functionality cookies to provide you with certain functionality – for example, to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in), or to recognise the platform from which you access the Website, and to provide enhanced and more personal features. These cookies are not used to track your browsing on other sites.
Marketing and Advertising cookies
Marketing and advertising cookies (or targeting cookies) collect information about the browsing habits associated with your device and are used to make advertising more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used by services provided by third parties on the Website, such as ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ buttons, in addition to providing the requested functionality. Third parties provide these services in return for recognizing that you (or more accurately your device has) have visited a certain website. These third parties put down advertising cookies both when you visit the Website, and when you use their services and navigate away from the Website.
In addition to the above cookies, we use Local Shared Objects, also referred to as Flash cookies, on the Website. These are used to enhance your user experience, for example, by storing your user preferences and settings, such as your volume/mute settings, and in connection with animated content on the Website. Local Shared Objects are similar to browser cookies but can store more complex data than simple text. By themselves, they cannot do anything to, or with, the data on your computer. Like other cookies, they can only access personally identifiable information that you have provided on the Website and cannot be accessed by other websites. To find out more about Flash cookies or how to disable them, please click here http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-local-shared-objects-flash.html
HTML email web beacons
Our emails may contain a single, campaign-unique ‘web beacon pixel’ to tell us whether our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links within the email. We may use this information to determine which of our emails are more interesting to you and to query whether users who do not open our emails wish to continue receiving them. The pixel will be deleted when you delete the email. If you do not wish the pixel to be downloaded to your device, you should select to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML. Some of the pages on the Website may also contain web beacons which allow us to count visitors who have viewed our pages. They allow us to develop statistical information about the activities and features that most interest our consumers for the purpose of providing more personalized content. In general, they are not used to access personally identifiable information without your consent.
Use of IP addresses and web logs
We may also use your IP address and browser type to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer the Website and to improve the service we offer to you. An IP address is a numeric code that identifies your computer on the internet. Your IP address might also be used to gather broad demographic information. We may perform IP lookups to determine which domain you are coming from (e.g. google.com) to more accurately gauge our users’ demographics.
This Cookie Notification does not cover third party websites
Please note that this Cookie Notification does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, the cookie and privacy practices of third-party websites that may be linked to the Website.
Updates to this Cookies Notification
We encourage you to review this Cookie Notification from time to time to stay informed of how we are using cookies.