Categories of cookies
The cookies used on our websites have been categorised based on the guidelines found in the ICO UK Cookie guide. We use the following categories on our websites and other online services:
Category 1: strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.
Category 2: Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
Category 3: functionality cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located.
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. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Category 4: targeting cookies or advertising cookies
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. 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. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Manage Your Cookies
You can specify how cookies are handled by setting your cookie preferences.
- Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- In the Privacy section, click Content settings.
- In the Cookies section, select one of the following cookies settings:
- Delete cookies
- Block cookies by default
- Allow cookies by default
- Keep cookies and site data by default until you quit your browser
- Make exceptions for cookies from specific websites or domains
- Open Firefox Open the Edit menu and choose Preferences.
- Under the Privacy & Security, choose Cookies.
- You can select the following settings:
- Disable cookies
- Enable cookies for the originating web site only
- Enable all cookies
- Warn me before storing a cookie
Internet Explorer 9 or 10
- Tap or click Tools, then select Internet options.
- Tap or click the Privacy tab.
- Under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies or the bottom to allow all cookies.
- Tap or click OK.
Safari 5.1 (OS X Lion)
- Choose Safari, then select Preferences.
- Click Privacy.
- In the Block cookies section, specify if and when Safari should accept cookies from websites.
To see an explanation of the options, click the Help button (question mark).
Note: If you want to see which websites store cookies on your computer, click Details.
If you set Safari to block cookies, you may need to temporarily accept cookies to open a page. Repeat the above steps, selecting Never. When you’re done with the page, block cookies again, and then remove the page’s cookies.