We automatically collect information about you as follows:
When you visit our website(s), we may use “cookie” technology try to make that experience simple, personalised and meaningful. Cookies are small pieces of information which are issued to your computer or any similar device you use to access the internet e.g. smart phone, tablet or other mobile device when you visit a website and which store and sometimes track information about your use of the website. A number of the cookies we use last only for the duration of your web session and expire when you close your browser. Other cookies are used to remember you when you return to the website and will last for longer.
- create a specific log-in session for a visitor to one of our websites in order that page requests by that visitor are delivered in an effective, secure and consistent manner;
- recognise when a visitor to one of our websites has visited before; this means we can identify the number of unique visitors we receive to a website and allows us to make sure we have enough capacity for the number of users that we get;
- customise elements and/or content of the pages of the website; and,
- collect statistical information about how our visitors use the website(s) so that we can improve the website(s) and learn which parts are most popular to visitors.
Some of the cookies used by our websites are set by us, and some are set by third parties who are delivering services on our behalf. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different types of browser. Please note however, that by blocking or deleting cookies used on our website(s) you may not be able to take full advantage of the website(s) if you do so.
In addition to cookies, tracking gifs may be set by us or third parties in respect of your use of the website(s). Tracking gifs are small image files within the content of our site or the body of our newsletters so we or third parties can understand which parts of the website are visited or whether particular content is of interest.