What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files. Websites and apps often store cookies on the computer hard drives or mobile devices of visitors to their sites. We use the term "cookie" to refer to all technologies that store and access information on the devices you use to access the website.
Cookies let you navigate between pages efficiently and store preferences. They improve your experience of a website. These are the different types of cookies we use:
Cookies served directly by us ("first-party cookies")
Cookies served by others, including data analytics or social media companies ("third-party cookies") - this includes third-party requests (which do not technically set cookies). For example, we may use share buttons on some of our sites which allow you to share articles with friends via Facebook or Twitter
Cookies which last for periods of time, including:
“Session cookies,” which last as long as your browser is open. They are deleted automatically when you close your browser.
“Permanent cookies,” which survive after your browser is closed. They recognise your device when you open your browser and browse the internet again.
You can learn how to manage cookies on allaboutcookies.org.
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
If you wish to restrict, block or delete cookies from our website – or any other website – you can use your browser to do this. Each browser is different so check the 'Help' menu of your particular browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
Remember: if you refuse or block cookies, it may affect website functionality. For example, some pages may not work.
What we do with the information we collect using cookies
We use the information to:
remember that you visited us before, so we don't show notifications to you again and know how many unique visitors we've had to our websites
measure how you use the website, including how long you spend on different pages, so we can improve it based on your needs
Which cookies we use
We use the following cookies on our website:
Session cookie for server load balancing.
Associated with managing sessions on load balanced servers, to ensure user requests are routed consistently to the correct server.
To help the CMS run properly and to stop the pages getting cached. Preserves users states across page requests.
How we protect your privacy