‘‘Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website. ‘Non-essential’ cookies and other technologies are only placed on your computer or device if you have consented to us doing so. For information on the difference between essential and non-essential cookies, see the section below entitled About cookies.
For information on how you consent and how you can withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies and other technologies on your computer or device, see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies.
- About cookies
- List of cookies used
- Essential cookies
- Non-essential cookies
- How to accept or reject cookies
- Copyright, credit and logo
What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.
Essential and non-essential cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.
Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:
- used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.
Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to provide additional functionality on our website (‘functional’ cookies), analyse your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).
Session and persistent cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
Session cookies: session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies: persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.
First and third party cookies
Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.
First party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.
Third party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.
If you require further information about cookies in general, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org
Legal bases for processing
For essential cookies, our legal basis for processing is our legitimate interests in ensuring our site functions properly and providing you with the online services you have requested.
For non-essential cookies and other technologies, our legal basis for processing is your consent which you give by accepting the use of such cookies via our cookie control tool.
List of cookies used
We use the following cookies on or in relation to our website:
Name of Cookie
|Essential or Non-essential?||Type of cookie||First or Third party?||Session or Persistent?||Expiry Time||Purpose|
|_cfduid||Non-essential||Functional||First and Third party||Persistent||1 year||Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic|
|CONSENT||Non-essential||Functional (consent related)||Third party||Persistent||20 years||Google consent setting cookie.|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||Non-essential||Functional||Third Party||Persistent||179 days||Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.|
|dc||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Session||End of browser session||Necessary for the functionality of the website's chat-box function.|
|driftt_aid||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||2 years||Necessary for the functionality of the website's chat-box function.|
|driftt_sid||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||1 day||Identifies the visitor across devices and visits, in order to optimize the chat-box function on the website.|
|Drift.Targeting.currentReferrer||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||Allows the website to recognise the visitor, in order to optimize the chat-box functionality.|
|Drift.Targeting.referrerDomain||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||Allows the website to recognise the visitor, in order to optimize the chat-box functionality.|
|Drift.Targeting.currentPageViewStarted||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||2 years||Necessary for the functionality of the website's chat-box function.|
|Drift.Targeting.currentSessionStartedAt||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||2 years||Identifies the visitor across devices and visits, in order to optimize the chat-box function on the website.|
|Drift.Targeting.firstVisit||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||2 years||Necessary for the functionality of the website's chat-box function.|
|Drift.Targeting.lastVisit||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||2 years||Necessary for the functionality of the website's chat-box function.|
|Drift.Targeting.numberOfSessions||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||2 years||Determines the number of visits of the specific visitor. This is used in order to make the chat-box function more relevant.|
|Drift.Targeting.numberOfVisits||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||2 years||Determines the number of visits of the specific visitor. This is used in order to make the chat-box function more relevant.|
|Drift.Targeting.previousPage||Non-essential||Functional||First party||Persistent||2 years||Identifies the last page visited by the visitor. This is used in order to make the chat-box function more relevant.|
|yt-player-headers-readable||Non-essential||Functional||Third party||Persistent||Used to determine the optimal video quality based on the visitor's device and network settings|
|_ga||Non-essential||Analytical||First party||Persistent||2 years||Google Analytics cookie used to generate statistical information on the use of a website through distinguishing its users.|
|_gat||Non-essential||Analytical||First party||Session||End of browser session||Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate received by users.|
|_gid||Non-essential||Analytical||First party||Session||End of browser session||Google Analytics cookie which registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.|
|yt-player-two-stage-token||Non-essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video|
|yt-remote-cast-installed||Non-essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video|
|yt-remote-connected-devices||Non-essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video|
|yt-remote-device-id||Non-essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video|
|yt-remote-fast-check-period||Non-essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video|
|yt-remote-session-app||Non-essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video|
|yt-remote-session-name||Non-essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video|
|HSID||Non-essential||Analytical||Third party||Persistent||2 years||Used by Google to analyse user behaviour in connection with Google maps and Youtube on the website.|
|SAPISID||Non-essential||Analytical||Third party||Persistent||2 years||Used by Google to analyse user behaviour in connection with Google maps and Youtube on the website.|
|SID||Non-essential||Analytical||Third party||Persistent||2 years||Used by Google to analyse user behaviour in connection with Google maps and Youtube on the website.|
|SSID||Non-essential||Analytical||Third party||Persistent||2 years||Used by Google to analyse user behaviour in connection with Google maps and Youtube on the website.|
|APISID||Non-essential||Analytical||Third party||Persistent||2 years||Used by Google to store user preferences and information of Google maps and Youtube|
|LOGIN_INFO||Non-essential||Analytical||Third party||Persistent||2 years||Used by Google to store user preferences and information of Google maps and Youtube|
|GPS||Non-Essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.|
|PREF||Non-essential||Analytical||Third Party||Persistent||8 months||Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.|
|test_cookie||Non-essential||Analytical||Third Party||Persistent||1 day||Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.|
|NID||Non-essential||Advertising||Third party||Persistent||6 months||Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user’s device. The ID is used for targeted ads.|
|IDE||Non-essential||Advertising||Third party||Persistent||1 year||Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficiency of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.|
|YSC||Non-essential||Analytical||Third Party||Session||End of browser session||Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.|
|DFTT_END_USER_PREV_BOOTSTRAPPED||[X]||[X]||First party||Persistent||2 years||[X]|
How to accept or reject cookies
There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies and similar technologies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below.
You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website. However, please be aware that doing so may impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.
You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org
Accepting or rejecting cookies
Cookie control tool
You can accept or reject non-essential cookies by using our cookie management tool.
You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out information about how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:
- Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en-GB
- Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-browsing-search-download-history-firefox?redirectlocale=en-US&redirectslug=Clear+Recent+History
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/278835/how-to-delete-cookie-files-in-internet-explorer
- Apple Safari: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042?locale=en_US
Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third party applications which you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.
You can manage and opt out of personalisation of advertisements by Google by visiting Google’s ad settings page here https://adssettings.google.com/ and by:
- unticking the button entitled ‘Also use Google Account activity and information to personalize ads on these websites and apps and store that data in your Google Account’; and
- switching the ‘Ads Personalisation’ setting off (i.e. by ensuring the switch at the top of the page is set to the left/grey and not the right/blue).
Alternatively, you can install a free browser plugin here: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996
Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the browser add-on which is available here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Disconnect for Facebook
You can install a browser add-on tool called ‘Disconnect Facebook pixel and FB tracking’. This will stop Facebook tracking you on third party websites. You can install the too here:
- For Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/disconnect-facebook-pixel/nnkndeagapifodhlebifbgbonbfmlnfm?hl=en
- For Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/addon/facebook-disconnect/
European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance Tool
You can opt out of Facebook and other companies that participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance in Europe from showing you interest based ads by visiting http://www.youronlinechoices.com, selecting your country, clicking ‘Your Ad Choices’, then locating Facebook (and any other companies you want to block) and selecting the ‘Off’ option.
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