What is cookie?
A cookie is a small file of information that is automatically stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive or mobile device when you access our Website. Cookies can only identify your computer or mobile device and not the individual user, by storing some basic information which will enable us to identify if you have previously visited our website. Cookies are only read by the server that placed them, and will not plant viruses or harvest your personal data. Cookies will not be used for any other purpose other than those stated in this section.
To provide you with the Services, we use first-party session and persistent cookies as well as third-party persistent cookies. Session cookies are automatically erased from your web browser once you close it. Persistent cookies last until they automatically expire after a period of time, or until you choose to delete them from your browser.
What are the types of cookies we use?
We use first-party session cookies which automatically log generic information about your computer’s connection to the Internet, called “session data”. Session cookies are temporary and are deleted as soon as you close your internet browser. We use session cookies so that you do not have to stay re-inserting your information and so that our Website remembers your preferences. Session data consists of your IP address, operating system and type of browser software being used and your activities while using our Website. We collect session data because it helps us administer our Website, track correlative information and to collate statistics in relation to visitor traffic. We may use your IP address to help us diagnose problems with our server.
We use first-party persistent cookies which remain on your device for a pre-defined period after you’ve visited the Website. You enable first-party persistent cookies when you click the ‘Remember Me’ box when logging in to your account. This means that you will not have to stay re-entering your details every time you visit the Website.
Personal data that you provide us with such as your name and address is neither gathered, nor stored in the cookies placed by our Website and, as a result, your information will not be passed on to any third parties, unless specifically mentioned below.
In certain instances, we use third party cookies, which are cookies provided by parties other than Us/Website. We always ensure that these parties are reputable and will respect your privacy.
We may place social media buttons and/or plugins on the Website that allow you to connect with your chosen social network. In order to work, the social network (such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter) will set cookies through our Website which may then be used to enhance your profile on the social networking site or otherwise contribute to the data they hold for the purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
How to control cookies
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but it is possible to change the options on your web browser or use certain software programs, which will enable you to control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your browser. You can disable cookies or set your browser to alert you when cookies are being sent. The Website supports your right to block any unwanted Internet activity, especially that of unscrupulous Websites, but if you choose to block our cookies, this may disable certain features on the Website. It is possible however to block cookie activity from certain Websites while permitting cookies from sites you trust.
You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for more information, see AllAboutCookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.