What is a cookie?
A “cookie” is a small text file that is stored on your device’s hard drive or browser by a website. These cookies enable sites to collect Non-Personal Information about you and create a more personalized experience by keeping a record of your preferences when using a website.
Cookies can be placed into two categories - ‘Essential’ cookies and ‘Non-Essential’ cookies.
Category 1: Essential Cookies -These cookies are essential for the website to function as intended and include:
User-input Cookies -These are used to keep track of information that you input on a website, such as an answer to an application form question.
Authentication Cookies -These cookies are used to remember your identity and account information once you enter your credentials.
User-Centric Security Cookies- These keep track of information such as how many times you attempt to log in to your account.
Category 2: Non-Essential Cookies- These cookies are not essential to the function of the website but allow website owners to gather important data needed to provide a better user experience. They include:
Analytics Cookies -These cookies allow website owners to better understand how users are interacting with their website.
Advertising Cookies -These cookies are used to provide personalized advertisements on a website based on your browsing history.
Multimedia Content Player Cookies -These cookies are used to store technical information that allows the playback of video or audio content such as podcasts or YouTube content.
Cookies can also be defined as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’ cookies, depending on how long they remain on your device.
Session Cookies- These are only present on your device whilst you are using and browsing a website. Once you leave the website, by ending your session or closing your browser, these cookies are removed from your device.
Persistent Cookies- These cookies remain on your device until they expire or you delete them. They stay on your device between sessions to help websites remember things such as your website preferences.
Some cookies we use are necessary in order for the website to function properly and to protect our visitors. They perform useful tasks to improve your experience, such as remembering where you were before closing your session or what answer you input on a previous page so you can go back and change it.
What Cookies Do We Use?
We use both ‘Essential’ and ‘Non-Essential’ cookies as well as ‘Session’ and ‘Persistent’ cookies on our website. We use third-party tools for marketing and data observation purposes. These third parties may also place cookies on our website in order for them to function correctly.
Advertising & Customization Cookies:
What If You Don’t Want To Allow Cookies?
If you do not wish to enable cookies whilst browsing our website, you can opt-out by disabling them in your browser. How to do this will vary depending on the browser that you are using, but you should be able to action this from your browser settings. Alternatively, you can select “Decline” on our cookie banner or adjust your cookie settings to allow or disallow certain cookies.