Cookies are small files which are stored on a user's computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next.
General types of cookies
Essential or ‘Strictly Necessary’ Cookies
These are cookies which are essential for the running of our websites. Without these cookies, parts of our websites would not function. These cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes.
Functional cookies are used to remember your preferences on our websites and to provide enhanced, more personal features. The information collected by these cookies is usually anonymised, so we cannot identify you personally. Functional cookies do not track your internet usage or gather information which could be used for selling advertising, but they do help with serving advertising.
Analytical Performance Cookies
Analytical performance cookies are used to monitor the performance of our websites, for example, to determine the number of pageviews and the number of unique users a website has. Web analytics services may be designed and operated by third parties (see also the section Google Analytics). The information provided by these cookies allows us to analyse patterns of user behaviour and we use that information to enhance user experience or identify areas of the website which may require maintenance.
Behavioural Advertising Cookies
Behavioural advertising cookies, which may be placed on your device by us or our trusted third party service providers (see also the section Google Adsense), remember that you have visited a website and use that information to provide you with advertising which is tailored to your interests. This is often called online behavioural advertising (OBA) and is done by grouping together shared interests based upon web browsing history. Your web browsing history can be used to infer things about you (e.g. your age, gender etc.), and this information may also be used to make advertising on websites more relevant to you. If you would like more information about OBA, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com.
Types of cookies we use
Name Type Expires Description PHPSESSID Essential When the browser is closed This cookie is used to keep track of a user’s PHP session. We use your PHP session to store temporary data like your login-status, shopping carts and sessionwise preferences. allow_cookies Functional 180 days This cookie is used to remember your choice whether to accept cookies or not, across multiple visits of our site. It will prevent the cookie bar from being shown at every visit after making a choice about cookies. cookietest Functional Expires immediately This cookie is used for older browsers to check if cookies have been disabled. language Functional 180 days This cookie is used to remember your language choice throughout multiple visits of our site. It is used to automatically redirect you to the part of our website adapted to your language.
First party cookies
Name Type Expires Description __utma Analytical Performance 2 years This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure. See also Google Analytics. __utmb Analytical Performance 30 min This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. See also Google Analytics. __utmc Analytical Performance When the browser is closed This cookie operates in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. See also Google Analytics. __utmz Analytical Performance 6 months This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a web site search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site. See also Google Analytics.
Third party cookies
We have no access to third party cookies and third party organisations have no access to ours. The third party organisations that place cookies have their own strict privacy policies. Privacy setting options in most modern browsers allow the blocking of third-party tracking cookies. See also Google Adsense.
Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so that they can improve it.
Like many services, Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions as in our case, where they are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We then use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our site.
Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit our site – for more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Google Adsense is an advertisement service that helps our website generating revenues which cover part of the costs for operating the website. Google Adsense presents advertisements to our visitors, and may use a DoubleClick cookie to enhance the advertisement service offered.
The DoubleClick cookie is used by Google in the ads served on the websites of its partners, such as websites displaying AdSense ads or participating in Google certified ad networks. When users visit a partner's website and either view or click on an ad, a cookie may be dropped on that end user's browser.
We refer to Google’s page about advertising to manage the use of these cookies or your advertising preferences http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/