What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small files containing letters and numbers, stored on your browser or computer. They are used to improve your experience while browsing our site. We use session cookies, as well as persistent cookies to perform various functions on the site. Session cookies are stored on your browser temporarily and are deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are saved to your computer, and used in order to remember you and your preferences when you return to the site.
When visiting our site, cookies are places on your device, by the site operator (first party cookies), as well as by other parties that collect data for various reasons such as performance and tracking. These are called third party cookies. There are 3 types of cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies – required for the site to function, so switching them off would cause some parts of the site not to function. These cookies don’t store any personally identifiable information.
- Functional cookies – enable the site to provide enhanced functionality and personalization, such as language preferences.
- Performance cookies – allow us to measure activity on the site, see how our visitors are using it, and improve the way it works. An example of this cookie is Google Analytics (see more details below). All the information collected is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
First Party Cookies we set:
- Login related cookies – these cookies are used when you are logged in, so that we can remember this fact. This will prevent you from having to log in again every time you visit a new page. These cookies are deleted when you log out, so that restricted areas of the site will not be available when the user is not logged in.
- Site preferences cookies – we want to provide you with the best experience possible when using our site. In order to remember your preferences, we set cookies that enable us to access this information whenever you reach a section of the site that may be affected by your preferences.
It is possible to stop your browser from accepting cookies completely, or from a specific website. Keep in mind that disabling cookies can affect the functionality of this site. All modern browsers allow you to adjust your cookie settings. This option is usually available from the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ tab in the browser menu.
For more detailed instructions on how to change your cookie settings, visit one of the following links:
Updating Cookie settings in Internet Explorer Updating Cookie settings in Firefox Updating Cookie settings in Chrome Updating Cookie settings in Safari