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General cookie Information
What is a Cookie?
Cookies are files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to the device you use when you visit a website and help your browser navigate through a particular website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies do lots of different and useful jobs, such as remembering your preferences, and generally improving your online experience. There are different types of cookies. Generally the content of a cookie is a randomly generated set of characters. For most purposes a website sending a cookie does not need to know who you are - it just needs to remember that it has seen your browser before. Some websites do write personal information about you into a cookie, but this is only possible if you have provided them with the information in the first place. If personal information is stored in a cookie it is usually encrypted - coded - so that any third party who has access to the cookie folder of your browser cannot read it.
They all work in the same way, but have minor differences:
Session cookies last only for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. These facilitate various tasks such as allowing a website to identify that a user of a particular device is navigating from page to page, supporting website security or basic functionality.Many of the Cookies we use are session Cookies. For example, they help us to ensure the security of session, and can also keep you logged in while you move between pages.
Persistent Cookies last after you have closed your browser, and allow a website to remember your actions and preferences. Sometimes persistent Cookies are used by websites to provide targeted advertising based upon the browsing history of the device.
We do occasionally use these cookies to help us make our online marketing more targeted. Please check your browser and remove any cookies you don't want to keep.
First and third party Cookies
Whether a Cookie is a first or third party Cookie depends on which website the Cookie comes from. First party Cookies are those set by or on behalf of the website visited. All other Cookies are third party Cookies. We use both first party and third party Cookies. Google Analytics are the only 3rd party Cookies we use.
Examples of Cookies
The _utma cookie is part of Google analytics, and is primarily used to track visits to any site which uses Google analytics. _utma stores the number of visits made from your device, the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. This cookie does not contain any personal information other than the IP address of your device. This is a third party cookie.
The _utmb cookie is part of Google analytics. __utmb and __utmc are used to check approximately how long you stay on any site which uses Google analytics: when a visit starts, and approximately ends. This Cookie does not contain any personal information other than the IP address of your device. This is a third party cookie.
The _utmc cookie is part of Google analytics. __utmb and __utmc are used to check approximately how long you stay on any site which uses Google analytics: when a visit starts, and approximately ends. This Cookie does not contain any personal information other than the IP address of your device. This is a third party cookie.
A Domain cookie is used by a web application to store information related to your preferences to enhance your user journey. No information is held specific to any customer. The data relates to how the customer views the site. This is not a third party cookie.