What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your device (such as your computer, smartphone or other internet-enabled device) when you visit a site or page to collect data about the usage of our Websites at a later date. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognize your device the next time you visit the site. Most web browsers are set by default to accept cookies.

In addition to cookies, we also use web beacons and other storage technologies to collect information from our Websites. Like cookies, web beacons and similar storage technologies collect data about the usage of our Websites and can recognize your device the next time you visit.

Why we use cookies

We use cookies to personalize your browsing experience (for example, by remembering your preferences and recognizing you as a repeat visitor to our Websites), and to track statistics about the usage of our Websites. This allows us to better understand our users (including its valued members) and improve the layout and functionality of our Websites. This tracking is generally conducted in such a way as to ensure the anonymity of visitors to our Websites. While the cookie may identify your computer, it should not identify you unless you are registered with the Website (for example, because you are a member) or logged in using your social media profile. In that case, the cookie will be linked to your profile so that we can identify you and provide more relevant content.

The types of cookies we use

Specifically, we use the following cookies:

  1. Strictly necessary cookies that are required for the operation of our Websites, such as cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Websites (for example, members only areas) or to comply with the law (for example, to keep your information safe). If a user opts to disable these cookies, the user may find that certain sections of our Websites do not work properly for them (for example, the user may not be able to access all of the content that membership entitles them to access).
  2. Performance cookies which recognize and count the number of users to our Websites and help us see how users move around our Websites. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. We only use such information to improve our website. This information helps us to find out how well the website is working and highlights where it can be improved.
  3. Functionality cookies which are used to recognize you when you return to our Websites and assist us to personalize your content and Website experience by remembering your preferences. These cookies are also used to provide services you have asked for. Information collected by functionality cookies may or may not be anonymized, but they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
  4. Targeting cookies which are used to record your visit to our Websites, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. These cookies are used to advertise relevant products to you on other websites, based on the products and categories you looked at on our website:
Third party cookies and technologies

Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by you. If you visit one of our Websites and a separate company sets a cookie through that Website this would be a third party cookie.

These Third Party Providers may:

  1. Use Third Party Cookies, web beacons, and other storage technologies to collect or receive information from our Websites and elsewhere on the internet;
  2. Compare de-identified information from us with information collected elsewhere on the internet; and
  3. Use that information to provide measurement services and target ads to you.
How long cookies will be stored on your device

Session cookies are temporary. They allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session, the time period between a user opening a browser window and closing it. Once closed, the cookies are deleted. Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie.

How you can manage your cookies

If you do not wish to receive any cookies (other than those which are strictly necessary) you may set your browser (such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari) to either prompt or refuse cookies. Please note that rejecting cookies may mean that not all the functions on our Websites you visit will be available to you.

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