A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer or mobile phone browser from a website’s computer and is stored on your computer’s or mobile phone’s hard drive. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, which the site can then access when you visit it again to track online traffic flows, for example. A website cannot access cookies sent by other websites.
Types of cookie
Three types of cookie may be used during your visit to our websites:
- Session or temporary cookies that are deleted after each visit. These cookies help us monitor visitors’ movement from page to page, so we can ensure any choices you make and/or details you submit are ‘remembered’ as you navigate the site.
- Persistent cookies that are valid across visits. They help our websites remember you as a user each time you use the same computer to revisit us.
- Third-party cookies that are used by our partners, or are used by external content from other third-party websites within our website. These include sites such as Facebook and Twitter, whose cookie usage policy you can view on their own websites.
We have listed cookies we may use based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide for cookie categories:
- Strictly necessary – these cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around our sites and use their features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
- Performance – these cookies collect information about how visitors use our websites in order to improve them. For example, they tell us which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from any of our pages. All of the information that these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous – it does not identify individual visitors.
- Functionality – these cookies allow our websites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, and search and browser preferences) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. These cookies cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
- Targeting – these cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.