What are cookies and similar technologies?
A cookie (like similar technologies such as pixels and software development kits) is a small text file that is placed on your device by websites. Some cookies improve security on a website or allow the website to function correctly. Other cookies enable the website to distinguish and remember you from other users of the website, and to understand your – and other users’ – browsing patterns, where you’ve come from and how you transact with organisations. This is normally done through the use of IP addresses or other online identifiers.
What cookies are placed on my devices?
The types of cookies that may be placed on your devices by any website and the purposes of those cookies can be broken down into four key categories:
- Strictly necessary cookies: these cookies make our website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
- Statistical cookies: these cookies allow us to anonymously collect and report on numbers of visitors to our website, and to monitor how these users interact with the website as they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Preference cookies: these cookies enable our website to remember information that changes the way the site behaves or looks to you e.g. your preferred language, or the region that you are in.
We only place those cookies which are strictly necessary for the website to function properly on your computer by default when you browse our websites. We ask for your consent to place all other cookies on your devices.
Can I prevent cookies and similar technologies being placed on my devices generally?
You can block cookies by changing the settings in your browser preferences. Please note: If you use your browser preferences to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our websites.
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.