What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that a website may place on your computer or mobile device when you visit a site or page. Cookies are useful because they allow the website to recognise your device the next time you visit.
The cookies we use perform three different functions:
1. Strictly necessary cookies
We refer to some cookies as “strictly necessary” cookies because they are essential to enable our visitors to use certain features on our websites. For example, if you enter a username or password to access a secure section of our website, a cookie may be set to keep you from having to enter these details more than once. These cookies do not record personal information that identifies you and are automatically deleted when you close your browser.
2. Performance cookies
These cookies are used to analyse how visitors use our website and to monitor our website’s performance. For example, we may check which pages get the most visits and the average time spent on our website. We use this information to improve how our website works. These cookies do not record personal information that identifies you: the information that we receive from them is in the form of aggregated statistics. These cookies are stored on your device even when you close your browser but can be deleted as described in the paragraph ‘How can I control or delete cookies?’ below.
3. Functionality cookies
These cookies allow our website to provide a more personal experience and remember any choices you may make. For example, if you visit our website using a mobile device but choose to access our main (non-mobile) site, a cookie may be set to prevent you from being re-directed to our mobile site. These cookies do not record personal information that identifies you. These cookies may be stored on your device even when you close your browser but can be deleted as described in the paragraph ‘How can I control or delete cookies?’ below.
How can I control or delete cookies?
Most browsers are initially set up to automatically accept cookies. You can change the settings on your browser to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being set on your device. You can also delete cookies stored on your device through your browser. Please refer to your browser instructions or Help screen to learn more about how to adjust or modify your browser settings.
Please note that parts of our websites may not function correctly if you disable the cookies.
Version 7 May 2013