What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file created in the browser by the site that you have accessed. Cookies are necessary in order for the website to retain information about your visit, for example the language that you prefer and other settings. Consequently, your next website visit can be easier and the website more useful to you. Cookies also help ensure that the advertisements that you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. Much, though not all, of the data that they collect is anonymous, though some of it is designed to detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location to improve user experience. Without them, using the Internet would be a more cumbersome experience.
We use security cookies in order to identify users, to prevent the illegal usage of login data or to protect user data against an unauthorized access.
Functionality cookies help the website to function properly and to offer users the proper services they are looking for. For example, browsing the website or accessing secure areas of it. Without these cookies, the website might not function properly.
Performance cookies collect anonymous data about the user’s visit on the website. They do not contain personal data and are used only to improve the experience on the website. The data offered by this type of cookies helps us understand how users use the website. For example, if you have already visited the website or not, what pages you have looked at or how you have found us. We can then use this information to improve our services and offer you a better experience.
Third parties used: Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of this Application, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services. Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network. Find out more here.
- Advertising and targeting
Advertising and targeting cookies are used to deliver advertisements more relevant to you, but can also limit the number of times you see an advertisement, and be used to chart the effectiveness of an ad campaign by tracking users’ clicks. They can also provide security in transactions. They are usually placed by third-party advertising networks with a website operator’s permission, but can be placed by the operator themselves. They can remember that you have visited a website, and this information can be shared with other organisations, including other advertisers. They cannot determine who you are though, as the data collected is never linked to your profile.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
How do I control cookies?
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies and many websites will not work properly or you will lose some functionality. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our Website for these reasons.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings, and check the following links for more browser-specific information.
- In order to deactivate the cookies used by a third party service, you can access the opt out link or read more about their confidentiality policy.
- A part of our partner services are implementing the Do Not Track policy.
- If you do not want to accept our cookies, you can adjust your browser settings to decline cookies. You should note, however, that certain areas of the Site may not operate properly if you decide not to accept cookies. Find out how you can deactivate cookies.
What is Do Not Track?
Do Not Track is a web browser setting that requests that a web application disable its tracking of an individual user. When you choose to turn on the DNT setting in your browser, your browser sends a special signal to websites, analytics companies, ad networks, plugin providers, and other web services you encounter while browsing to stop tracking your activity.
By continuing to use our site, you agree to the placement of cookies on your device. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be. For instance, the site won’t be able to recognise your commenter ID, meaning that you won’t be able to leave comments.
- The law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission.
- This site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third party services that appear on our pages.