What are cookies?
We may collect information using “cookies”. Cookies are small data files stored on the hard drive of your computer or mobile device by a website. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer or mobile device until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our Platform.
We use two broad categories of cookies:
- first party cookies, served directly by us to your computer or mobile device; and
- third party cookies, which are served by our partners or service providers on our Platform.
Cookies we use
Our Platform uses the following types of cookies for the purposes set out below:
- Essential Cookies: These cookies are essential to provide you with services available through our Platform and to enable you to use some of its features. For example, they allow you to log in to secure areas of our Platform and help the content of the pages you request to load quickly. Without these cookies, the services that you have asked for cannot be provided, and we only use these cookies to provide you with those services.
- Functionality Cookies: These cookies allow our Platform to remember choices you make when you use our Platform, such as remembering your language preferences, remembering your login details and remembering the changes you make to other parts of our Platform which you can customise. The purpose of these cookies is to provide you with a more personal experience and to avoid you having to re-enter your preferences every time you visit our Platform.
- Analytics and Performance Cookies: These cookies are used to collect information about traffic to our Platform and how users use our Platform. The information gathered via these cookies does not “directly” identify any individual visitor. However, it may render such visitors “indirectly identifiable”. This is because the information collected is typically linked to a pseudonymous identifier associated with the device you use to access our Platform. The information collected is aggregated and anonymous. It includes the number of visitors to our Platform, the websites that referred them to our Platform, the pages they visited on our Platform, what time of day they visited our Platform, whether they have visited our Platform before, and other similar information. We use this information to help operate our Platform more efficiently, to gather broad demographic information and to monitor the level of activity on our Platform. We use Google Analytics for this purpose. Google Analytics uses its own cookies. It is only used to improve how our Platform works. You can find out more information about Google Analytics cookies here: https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookie. You can find out more about how Google protects your data here: www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.
- Tracking Cookies: These enable us to track use of content from the Platform (on third party services, such as posts on social media networks), in accordance with your third party settings.
You can typically remove or reject cookies via your browser settings. In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “settings”, “help” “tools” or “edit” facility). Many browsers are set to accept cookies until you change your settings.
If you do not accept our cookies, you may experience some inconvenience in your use of our Platform. For example, we may not be able to recognise your computer or mobile device and you may need to log in every time you visit our Platform.
Further information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your computer or mobile device and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.com.uk.
You can also prevent the use of Google Analytics relating to your use of our Platform by downloading and installing the browser plugin available via this link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB
Third party cookies
We use third-party analytics services to help understand your usage of our services.