Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience and get the most of your time online when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By logging a short text file, the cookie allows the website to “remember” the user the next time they visit the site, making it easier to access the information they require.

By continuing to browse and use the site (and failing to block and/or delete cookies using the methods explained below), you are agreeing to our use of cookies and to the storage of cookies on your device.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

 A ‘session cookie’ will expire at the end of your browsing session once you close your web browser; ‘persistent cookies’ on the other hand have a set expiry date and will be stored on your computer until either this date is reached, or you delete your cookies using your browser settings.

COOKIES WE USE

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below: 

 

Cookie

Purpose

utma

This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.

utmz    

When visitors reach your site via a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to your page, Google Analytics stores the type of referral information in a cookie. The parameters in the cookie value string are parsed and sent in the GIF Request (in the utmcc variable). The expiration date for the cookie is set as 6 months into the future. This cookie gets updated with each subsequent page view to your site; thus it is used to determine visitor navigation within your site.

 

PREF

Google's safebrowsing api / g+

HSID

These cookies are used by GoogleMaps to deliver maps and track usage of their service.

SSID

These cookies are used by GoogleMaps to deliver maps and track usage of their service.

APISID

These cookies are used by GoogleMaps to deliver maps and track usage of their service.

SAPISID          

These cookies are used by GoogleMaps to deliver maps and track usage of their service.

NID

These cookies are used by GoogleMaps to deliver maps and track usage of their service.

BEAT

These cookies are used by GoogleMaps to deliver maps and track usage of their service.

ULS

These cookies are used by GoogleMaps to deliver maps and track usage of their service.

datr

This identifies the web browser being used to connect to Facebook independent of the logged in visitor. This cookie plays a key role in Facebook’s security and site integrity features

lu

This is used to manage how the login page is presented to the visitor. The lifetime is the same as c_user

c_user

This contains the user ID of the currently logged in visitor. The lifetime of this cookie is dependent on the status of the "keep me logged in" checkbox. If the checkbox is set, the cookie expires after 30 days of inactivity, otherwise the cookie is a session cookie and will therefore be cleared when the browser exits

xs

This contains the session number, a session secret and an optional "secure" flag (if visitor has enabled secure browsing feature). The lifetime is the same as c_user 

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

This cookie is set by YouTube when you load a video embedded on one of our pages

PREF

These cookies allow integration with YouTube so that pages can be liked and shared.

 

THIRD-PARTY COOKIES

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. You should check the privacy policy of the relevant website for more information.

BLOCKING COOKIES

The majority of web browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari etc.) will allow you to block or delete cookies from being installed on your device via your browser settings.

Depending on your browser, further information can be obtained via the following links:

Mobile phone users may have to refer to their handset manual for details on how to block cookies using their mobile browser.

On the whole, cookies are quite harmless as they contain only anonymous strings of text. Some people, however, are uncomfortable at the thought of external websites being able to store data on their devices or pass it to third parties for advertising purposes. The good news is that it is relatively simple to block and delete cookies via a computer or mobile device’s control panel – the down side of this being that functionality will be impaired across a great many websites.

For more information on cookies and how they work, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

 

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