Cookie policy

Cookies are small text files that websites place on your device as you are browsing. They are processed and stored by your web browser. We use cookies to track your use of our website. This enables us to understand how you use the site and tailor it you improve your user experience. In and of themselves, cookies are harmless and serve crucial functions for websites. Cookies can also generally be easily viewed and deleted.  By clicking ACCEPT you are agreeing to cookies being used in accordance with our Cookie Policy. If you don’t agree you can disable cookies.

Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system or computer. If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating specific settings on your browser. This allows you to refuse some or all cookies present. By not blocking cookies and continuing to browse you are authorising the use of those cookies. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.

Types of Cookies

In general, there are three different ways to classify cookies: what purpose they serve, how long they endure, and their provenance.

Duration

Session cookies

These are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer

Persistent cookies 

This category encompasses all cookies that remain on your hard drive until you erase them or your browser does, depending on the cookie’s expiration date. All persistent cookies have an expiration date written into their code, but their duration can vary. According to the ePrivacy Directive, they should not last longer than 12 months, but in practice, they could remain on your device much longer if you do not take action.

Provenance

First-party cookies

As the name implies, first-party cookies are put on your device directly by the website you are visiting.

Third-party cookies

These are the cookies that are placed on your device, not by the website you are visiting, but by a third party like an advertiser or an analytic system.

Purpose

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential for you to browse the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the site. Cookies that allow web shops to hold your items in your cart while you are shopping online are an example of strictly necessary cookies. These cookies will generally be first-party session cookies. 

Preference cookies

Also known as “functionality cookies,” these cookies allow a website to remember choices you have made in the past, like what language you prefer, what region you would like weather reports for, or what your user name and password are so you can automatically log in.

Statistics cookies

Also known as “performance cookies,” these cookies collect information about how you use a website, like which pages you visited and which links you clicked on. None of this information can be used to identify you. It is all aggregated and, therefore, anonymized. Their sole purpose is to improve website functions. This includes cookies from third-party analytics services as long as the cookies are for the exclusive use of the owner of the website visited.

Marketing cookies

These cookies track your online activity to help advertisers deliver more relevant advertising or to limit how many times you see an ad. These cookies can share that information with other organizations or advertisers. These are persistent cookies and almost always of third-party provenance.