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Our websites, mobile sites, or mobile apps use 'cookies'. Cookies enable you to access any registered user / secure areas, and to complete any surveys or application forms. Cookies also help us to measure the effectiveness of web searches, and tell us which parts of our websites people have visited.
You can disable certain cookies by following our guidelines. However, as we explain below disabling certain cookies may prevent you from using certain parts of our web sites.
what are cookies?
Cookies are small text files, typically consisting of letters and numbers, and are downloaded via your browser when you access certain websites. Cookies can expire when you close your browser, or they may be stored on your computer for a specified amount of time.
the cookies we use
The cookies we use, whether placed directly by us, or by authorised 3rd parties do not contain, use or store any personally identifiable information.
We have categorised the cookies we use according to the guidelines found in the ICC UK Cookie Guide and the ICO Cookie Guidance Document. We use the following categories on our websites:
category 1 - strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential to enable you to access any registered user / secure areas, and to complete any surveys or application forms. Without these cookies, you will not be able to access secure areas, or complete any surveys or application forms.
Accepting these cookies is a condition for using the services provided by any registered user / secure areas, surveys or application forms.
If you prevent these cookies, we cannot guarantee your security or predict how the website will perform during your visit.
category 2 - performance cookies
These cookies collect information on how you and other visitors use our websites. The cookies we use are 'analytical' cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they're using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily. Our analytical cookies are provided through Google Analytics (__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz).
If you prevent these cookies, your browsing experience will not be affected. However, this information would be helpful to us for purposes of improving your user experience.
category 3 - functionality cookies, category 4 - targeting or advertising cookies
Our web sites do not employ any category 3 or 4 cookies.
If you do not want us to use certain cookies in your browser, you can remove, and / or disable the use of these cookies via your browser settings. Please consult the help section of your browser for more information on how to view, remove and / or disable cookies. Instructions for the most popular desktop browsers may be found here.