What are cookies?
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device.
Cookies make it easy for websites to collect precise user-specific information about their visitors. This generally makes it simpler for you to navigate the web and enjoy a personalised experience.
Many cookies do essential jobs. For example, authentication cookies identify who you are when you try to log into an account. Other types of cookies enable you to shop online, storing items as you add them to your virtual shopping basket
Types of cookies
Cookies can be either temporary (session cookie) or permanent (persistent cookie).
Session cookies are stored in your device’s temporary memory – not on your hard drive – while you’re browsing a website. Usually these cookies are deleted when you close the browser. If you were to reopen the browser and revisit the website, the site would not ‘remember’ that you had visited previously. Session cookies remain active only until you leave a site.
Persistent cookies remain stored on your hard drive, persisting from session to session until you delete them or they reach a set expiration date. Persistent cookies can store information such as log-in details, bookmarks, credit card details and preferred settings and themes – resulting in a faster and smoother web journey.
The cookies we use on our website can be grouped into four different categories.
Strictly necessary cookies: are essential in order to enable you to navigate around our website and use its features, to access secure areas of the website, set privacy preferences or complete forms. Without these cookies, we would be unable to provide you with the services you have asked for.
Functionality cookies: allows our website to remember choices you make and help to provide an enhanced, more personal experience on our website.
Performance cookies: helps us improve our website and our online services. These cookies gather information about how our site is used, including which pages are visited most often. This helps us to provide a better user experience. These cookies are anonymous – which means that they won’t collect information to identify you.
Targeting & Advertising cookies: are used to help us better understand our advertising campaigns and how we can make these more relevant to you. These cookies are also anonymous, they won’t collect information to identify you.
Our website can send cookies to your web browser if your browser’s preferences allow it. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to track online traffic flows. If you disable cookies, you may not be able to avail of some of our online services.
For more information on these types of cookies and how to manage them, please visit www.youronlinechoices.eu
You can refuse to have some or all cookies placed on your device by altering the settings on your internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox). How you do this will depend upon the internet browser you use; you can find out how to switch off your cookies either by consulting the online “Help” or “Preferences” menu for your browser. You can also visit www.allaboutcookies.org for further information.
If you change your browser settings to refuse all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies), you may not be able to continue to use all parts of our website.