- First Party Cookies: these are our own cookies, set by our own services and used to optimise the performance of our site.
- Third Party Cookies: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, both through providing functionality and gathering statistics to help us improve over time.
FIRST PARTY COOKIES
- cookie-agreed: This states whether the user has agreed to cookies being stored in their browser. It stores a single on-off setting for a maximum of three months.
- SESS[id]: If you make an account on our site and sign in, a session data cookie will be stored in your browser. This is what the website uses to recognise that you are signed in as you move between different pages of the site. It will start with SESS and be followed by a long series of letters and numbers. Those letters and numbers are an encrypted link to your account settings on our server; they do not contain any information about your username themselves.
THIRD PARTY COOKIES
As well as cookies we manage ourselves, some of the third-party content and services our website uses set cookies. We do not manage this information ourselves, so for definitive information about them, or to opt out, we advise visitors to contact the providers themselves.
We use Google Analytics’ 3rd-party audience data such as age, gender, and interests to better understanding the behavior of our customers and work with companies that collect information about your online activities to provide advertising targeted to suit your interests and preferences. For example, you may see certain ads on this website or other websites because we contract with Google and other similar companies to target our ads based on information we or they have collected, including information that was collected through automated means (such as cookies and web beacons). These companies also use automated technologies to collect information when you click on our ads, which helps track and manage the effectiveness of our marketing efforts.
You may opt out of the automated collection of information by third-party ad networks for the purpose of delivering advertisements tailored to your interests, by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp and edit or opt-out your Google Display Network ads’ preferences at http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/.