For those who still think we’re talking about the chocolate-chip or oatmeal-raisin kind of cookies, we wish! We mean the cookies which are small text files that our website can put on your computer or mobile device to personalize your experience on our site, tell us which parts of our website you have visited, help us measure the effectiveness of ads and web searches, and give us insights into user behavior so we can improve our communications and products. The cookie also helps the website recognise when that device revisits the website.
Cookies are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ’session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by other websites who serve up content or analytics on that site (‘third party cookies’).
Below is a brief description of the cookies we use:
• SESSION – A cookie which lasts only as long as the current browser session.
• PERSISTENT – Semi-permanent cookies, for frequent visitors, which expire in 1 week.
• STRICTLY NECESSARY – These are the cookies that are essential for websites to perform their basic functions.
• FUNCTIONALITY – These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.
• PERFORMANCE – These cookies collect information on how users interact, what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data.
• ADVERTISING – These cookies are used to display ads, to track the number of unique visitors, and the number of clicks an ad has received.
• SOCIAL CONTENT – These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through sharing buttons).
• EMBEDDED CONTENT – These include embedded content from Youtube and Vimeo.