Cookies policy

To make our websites work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device.

What are cookies?

 

A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site.

  • First party cookies are cookies set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies.

  • Persistent cookies are cookies saved on your computer and that are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted when you quit your browser.

 

Every time you visit our websites, you will be prompted to accept or refuse cookiesThe purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences for a certain period of time. That way, you don’t have to re-enter them when browsing around the site during the same visit. Cookies can also be used to establish anonymised statistics about the browsing experience on our sites.

How do we use cookies?

Our websites mostly use “first-party cookies”. These are cookies set and controlled by us, not by any external organisation.

 

The 3 types of first-party cookie we use are to:

  • store visitor preferences

  • make our websites operational

  • gather analytics data (about user behaviour)

 

Visitor preferences

These are set by us and only we can read them. They remember if you have agreed to (or refused) this site’s cookie policy.

 

Operational cookies

 

There are some cookies that we have to include in order for certain web pages to function. For this reason, they do not require your consent. In particular:

  • authentication cookies. These are stored when you chat with us through our website. When you do this, you accept the associated privacy policy.

  • technical cookies required by certain IT systems.

 

Analytics cookies

We use these purely for internal research on how we can improve the service we provide for all our users. The cookies simply assess how you interact with our website. Also, this data is not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose.

 

Third-party cookies

Some of our pages display content from external providers, e.g. Facebook and LinkedIn. To view this third-party content, you first have to accept their specific terms and conditions. This includes their cookie policies, which we have no control over. But if you do not view this content, no third-party cookies are installed on your device.

Third-party providers on our websites

Facebook
LinkedIn

These third-party services are outside of our control. Providers may, at any time, change their terms of service, purpose and use of cookies, etc.

 

How can you manage cookies?

You can manage/delete cookies as you wish - for details, see aboutcookies.org.

 

Removing cookies from your device

You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.

Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).

Managing site-specific cookies

For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser.

 

Blocking cookies

You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page. And some services and functionalities may not work properly at all (e.g. profile logging-in).

 

Last updated

13/05/2021