Cookies and similar technologies may process personal information.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that our Sites place on your Devices. When you re-visit our Sites our technologies connect automatically with the Cookies to identify you or your Device and recall information about you, such as your language preference or login information. We also use third-party cookies which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting which allow us, the third party that owns the cookies and in some cases, other participants in cookie networks to identify you or your Device as you visit different websites. We use the word “Cookies” to include a piece of text, pixels, clear gifs, log files, web beacons or other similar tracking technology that are placed on your Devices.
There are four types of cookies that we may use:
- Strictly necessary cookies are needed for our Sites to function and to provide you with the services and information that you have requested. Strictly necessary cookies are exempt from the consent requirement.
- Functional cookies enable enhanced functionality and personalisation. For example, they allow our Sites to remember information that you provide such as your language preferences and to store technical information useful for your interactions with our Sites. They may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our Sites. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.
- Performance cookies collect information about your use of our Sites (for e.g. it allows us to count visits and traffic sources) and help us learn how our Sites are performing so that we can make relevant improvements that could better your browsing experience (for e.g. it allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular). All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
- Advertising/ targeting cookies collect data about your online activity and identify your interests so that we can create a profile for you and to provide advertising that is more relevant to you. They also perform functions like preventing the same adverts from continuously reappearing, ensuring that adverts are properly displayed, and selecting adverts that are based on your interests.
The Permissions of various cookies can be changed through the settings option on your internet browser.
- Monitor the traffic patterns of users within our Sites and to collect statistics regarding your website usage to help us understand how our Sites perform and how we can improve our Sites for purposes such as enhancing your browsing experience and offering services that are more relevant to you;
- Store your preferences and settings;
- Authenticate you so that you can access our Sites and to move from page to page within our Sites;
- Secure our Sites including fraud detection and prevention;
- Tailor information presented to you based on your browsing preferences, such as language and geographical region;
- Provide us with business and marketing information;
- Track users who visit, interact with or use any of our Sites, social media pages, online advertisements and marketing communications (such as which adverts where clicked on or if a user has opened or forwarded an email we have sent them); and
- Targeted Advertising;
Who uses the information stored in Cookies and similar tracking technologies?
The information stored in our Sites’ Cookies is used exclusively by us (or by third parties acting on our behalf), with the exception of third-party Cookies which are used and managed by external parties to provide services requested by us to improve our services and your experience when navigating our Site.
What about Flash Cookies or Local Shared Objects?
We may use Flash Cookies or Local Shared Objects (“Flash LSOs”) to store your website preferences, personalise your visit, prevent fraud and for other site operations. If you do not want Flash LSOs stored on your computer, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash LSOs storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also control Flash LSOs by going to the Global Storage Settings Panel and following the instructions (which may include instructions that explain, for example, how to delete existing Flash LSOs).
Disabling Cookies and opting out of Interest-Based Advertising
You can make choices about receiving cookies by accessing your browser settings which should allow you to delete and/or disable website cookies. For more information about how to delete your cookies in your web browser, refer to your browser’s instructions: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari (Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch).
If you choose to disable cookies, you may find that the Site may not work in the same way. Some cookies are necessary to record and respect the choices you have made in regard to not being contacted or to not have other types of cookies added to your Device. If you delete cookies from your computer, the cookie used to recognize your preferences including Interest-Based Advertising will also be deleted requiring you to make your choices again.