What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which your computer or mobile device downloads when you visit a website. Cookies retain information related to your preferences allowing the website to recognize your device the next time you visit it. Cookies cannot browse through, scan or snoop your computer and cannot read personal information.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies allow a website to know if your computer or device has visited it before, eliminating the need to repeatedly enter the same information. Cookies are used to understand how the site is being used, provide a faster and more efficient navigation, help remember your preferences, and generically improve your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure that the advertising you see online is suited to your interests.
Cookies cannot collect personal information but if you have previously provided personally identifiable information, cookies may be linked to such information.
- Make it easier to navigate and use our website features
- Provide you with customized features or remember you when you return
- Track the number of visitors to our website
- Understand how visitors use our website to provide an overall improved user experience
Categories of cookies used
- Strictly necessary cookies - These cookies allow users to browse our website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas. Without these cookies some services can’t be provided. These cookies don't gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.
- Performance Cookies - We use performance cookies to collect information related to your navigation on our website. This includes areas you click, number of pages you visit, duration of your session and eventual error messages received. The information collected is anonymous and used only to improve our website.
- Functionality cookies - These cookies allow to remember your preferences regarding the use of our website. They eliminate the need to configure the website each time you visit it. They also allow to provide enhanced features and content for you. They can be used to remember login details, language, region you’re in and changes you've made on customizable areas. They can also be used to provide services you've required, such as commenting on our blog.
The cookies used can be:
- Session cookies - Temporary cookies which are erased when you close your browser. When you restart your browser the website will not recognize you. The information obtained allows us to identify problems and provide a better browsing experience.
- Persistent cookies – Cookies which are stored in your browser until you delete them manually or your browser deletes them based on the duration period contained within the persistent cookie's file. They are used to direct navigation according to your interests, enabling us to provide a more personalized service.
Third Party Cookies
We use third party analytics such as Google Analytics and similar to track and measure usage of our website. These cookies may track for example how long you spend on the site or pages you visit, helping us to understand how we can improve the site for you.
We use social media buttons and/or plugins that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. These may set cookies through our website which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
How can cookies be managed?
You can block or disable cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser. For further details please see http://www.aboutcookies.org/
However, if you block or disable cookies you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a website and some services and/or functionalities may not work.
Tracking technology in e-mails
We use tracking technology in some of our emails to help us understand if you have opened it and how you have interacted with it. If you have enabled images, click on any link within the email, or have added an email address to your address book or safe senders list, cookies may be set on your computer or mobile device.
If you do not wish to accept cookies from our emails, we can 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, as explained above.
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