WHAT ARE COOKIES AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website or mobile application, a computer asks your computer or mobile device for permission to store this file on your device and access information from it. Information gathered through cookies may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed and the time spent on our platform.
We use first and third party cookies on our platform and in our emails. First party cookies are cookies placed by us to collect information about you. However, certain cookies available on our platform and/or in our emails are placed by third party website operators. This means that the information about you collected by those third party cookies will be shared with the relevant third party. Please refer to the relevant third party website operator’s privacy notice for more information about how they may use such information.
For further details on cookies, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/where you can find comprehensive information on cookies and similar technologies.
HOW LONG DO COOKIES LAST?
All cookies have expiration dates that determine how long they stay in your browser:
Session Cookies – these are temporary cookies that expire (and are automatically erased) whenever you close your browser.
Persistent Cookies – these usually have an expiration date and so stay in your browser until they expire, or until you manually delete them.
COOKIES USED ON OUR SITE
We use the following types of cookies on our platform:
Essential Cookies – these are essential for the operation of the platform. Essential cookies include cookies such as login cookies and shopping cart cookies.
Functionality Cookies – these recognise you when you return to the platform, they remember your preferences and they provide enhanced, more personalised features.
Analytics/Performance Cookies – these, along with other information, are used to calculate the aggregate number of people using the platform and which features of the platform are most popular. This information is generally used to improve the platform.
Targeting Cookies (also known as Advertising Cookies) – these deliver adverts that are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement on the platform or another website and help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.
The table below sets out more information about the cookies we may use on our platform and the purposes for which they are used.
These cookies enable us to store information such as the time you visit our platform, whether you have visited before and the website that you visited prior to visiting our platform.
For further information about Google Analytics please see: http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html
These cookies enable us to improve the site’s functionality every time you log on. They recognise your login details, previous preferences and page loads and allow you to use the site more efficiently.
Instagram cookies help us link our Instagram posts – and those from others that mention the platform – so we’re able to track activity on the social media platform
Cookies from Pardot, our communications tool, allow us to track analytics of our mailshots so we can check engagement and better manage our mailing profiles
Most of our cookies expire within 30 days, although our analytics cookies may persist for 2 years.
Non-essential Cookies – We may only store and access non-essential cookies on your device with your permission. You are not obliged to give consent to our use of non-essential cookies. Further, if you give your consent and then change your mind you can block or delete them (see below).
Essential Cookies – Please note that we do not need your consent to store and access essential cookies on your device, although you can still block or delete them (see below).
REFUSING, BLOCKING AND DELETING COOKIES
Please be aware that in order to use some parts of our platform you will need to allow certain essential or functional cookies. If you subsequently block or delete those cookies, some aspects of our platform may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of our platform.
COOKIES USED IN EMAILS
Please note that any emails you receive from us may contain cookies or similar technologies to help us to see if you have opened an email and understand how you have interacted with it. If you have enabled images, cookies may be set on your computer or mobile device. Cookies will also be set if you click on any link within the email.
If you do not wish to accept cookies from any one of our emails, simply close the email before downloading any images or clicking on any links. You can also set your browser to restrict cookies or to reject them entirely. These settings will apply to all cookies whether included on websites or in emails.
In some instances, depending on your email or browser settings, cookies in an email may be automatically accepted (for example, when you've added an email address to your address book or safe senders list). Please refer to your email browser or device instructions for more information on this.