2. What are cookies
2.1 Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the service or a third party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the service more useful to you. Cookies can improve your browsing experience by allowing sites remember your preferences or letting you avoid signing in each time you visit certain sites. However, some cookies may put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit.
2.2 Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
2.3 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
2.4 Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.
3.1 When you use and access the service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.
3.3 We use both session and persistent cookies on the service and the name of the cookies we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:
(a) we use essential cookies to authenticate users, prevent fraudulent use of user accounts, recognise a computer when a user visits our website, track users as they navigate the website or improve the website's usability or target advertisements which may be of particular interest to specific users.
(b) we use functionality cookies to remember choices that you make such as user name, language, or the region, and provide improved, more personal features. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
4. Third party cookies
4.1 In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-party cookies.
5. Performance cookies
5.1 We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website such as how visitors use our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often and if they get any error messages while browsing our web pages.
5.2 These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. The information collected by these cookies are aggregated and remains anonymous.
5.3 Our analytics service provider generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies.
5.4 The analytics cookies used by our website have the following names: [_ga, _gat, __utma, __utmt, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz and __utmv].
5.5 The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.
6. Restricting or Blocking cookies
6.1 Most browsers allow you to restrict or block cookies, you can do this through your browser settings by visiting the help pages of your web browser; please see below some example how to block the cookies in your browser:
(a) in Internet Explorer, you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy" and then "Advanced";
(b) in Firefox, you can block all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options", "Privacy", selecting "Use custom settings for history" from the drop-down menu, and unticking "Accept cookies from sites"; and
(c) in Chrome, you can block all cookies by accessing the "Customise and control" menu, and clicking "Settings", "Show advanced settings" and "Content settings", and then selecting "Block sites from setting any data" under the "Cookies" heading.
6.2 However, that if you block or disable cookies, you might not be able to use all the features on our website.
6.3 If you block cookies, you will not be able to store your preferences and some of our pages might not display properly.
7. Deleting cookies
7.1 You can delete cookies already stored on your PC; for example:
(a) in Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files (you can find the instructions how to delete by clicking on this link http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11;
(b) in Firefox, you can delete cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options" and "Privacy", then selecting "Use custom settings for history" from the drop-down menu, clicking "Show Cookies", and then clicking "Remove All Cookies"; and
(c) in Chrome, you can delete all cookies by accessing the "Customise and control" menu, and clicking "Settings", "Show advanced settings" and "Clear browsing data", and then selecting "Cookies and other site and plug-in data" before clicking "Clear browsing data".
7.2 Deleting cookies will not have a positive impact on the usability of websites.