What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that some platforms, like websites, store on your computer, smartphone, tablet or Internet-enabled TV when you access them. They can be used to store your browsing and user preferences, collect statistical data, enable browser functions, store and retrieve information about your browsing habits and the device you use and - depending on the information they collect and how you use your device - identify it. Essentially, they personalise and enhance browsing. They're associated with a single user and device. They don't collect information that reveals personal data. You can configure your browser to notify you of cookie use or, alternatively, to block them.
Cookies have several uses. From an IT perspective, they streamline website operation and, by storing details like user language and local currency, adapt it to user preferences. They also help enhance website services by collecting statistical data about website usage.
We may use the following types of cookie on our website:
- First-party cookies
These are stored on your device by the servers via which we deliver our services.
- Performance cookies
These cookies store your tool and service preferences so you don't have to configure them every time you visit our website. In some cases, these are stored on your device by third parties. Performance preferences include things like media player volume settings, list order preferences and video playback quality. Similarly, online shops use them to store shopping cart data.
- Analytics cookies
Set either by us or third parties, they're used to analyse visitor numbers and compile service usage statistics. We use them to understand how users browse our website so that we can adapt our services accordingly. These cookies don't collect personal data that could reveal your identity. They simply record anonymous data about your browsing behaviour.
- Geo-location cookies
These cookies are used to identify the location of your computer, smartphone, tablet or Internet-enabled TV and offer you content and services tailored to your locale.
- Other third-party cookies
Some of our pages may set third-party cookies used to manage and enhance the services those third parties provide. Social media links that allow you to share our content with your friends and connections are a good example of this type.
How do I set my preferences?
You can configure your web browser to allow, block or delete cookies on your device. The links below explain how to enable and disable cookies in all the main browsers:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Internet Explorer
- Safari for IOS (iPhone, iPad)
If you prefer, you can use Your Online Choices to set supplier-specific third-party advertising cookie preferences. The website also has plenty of useful information about cookies.
What happens if I disable cookies?
If you block cookies, it's likely that some of the services on our website won't be available to you. It may also affect your browsing experience.
As well as using our own cookies, we allow third parties to store and access cookies on your computer or device. Your consent to these companies' cookies is implicit in use of this website.