What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer when you visit any web pages that uses cookies. A cookie contains information that allows websites to recognize your computer and perform a variety of functions such as recording which pages of the website you visit or saving your preferences that allow you to personalize your viewing experience. Cookies are recorded via your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and so no) and are not visible on a website itself.

How we use cookies

We use a variety of cookies to perform different functions, from remembering you are logged into a particular online service to tracking your usage of our websites. In the case of tracking, we use this information to enhance the usability and performance of our websites and online services and no personally-identifiable information is recorded.
By using and browsing our websites, you consent to cookies being used in accordance with our policy. If you do not consent, you must disable cookies or refrain from using the site.

First party cookies

  • Session cookies, we use them to assure that users who write a comment are people and not automates machines. This prevent us to have spam.

Third party cookies

  •  Google Analytics: These cookies are used by the Google Analytics service to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

How can I control cookies?

Most web browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change the settings of your browser to reject all cookies, to only allow ‘trusted’ websites to use them, or to only accept cookies from those websites which you are currently on. Please follow the instructions provided below on how to do this for the most popular web browsers.
Please note: we do not recommend rejecting cookies as this is likely to result in some features on our websites and some of our online services not functioning correctly or as intended. For example, if a website cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, you will not be able to access certain information or use a particular service.

Microsoft Internet Explorer:

  1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Internet Options”
  2. Click on the “privacy” tab
  3.  Select the appropriate setting

Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Settings”.
  2. Click the “Show advanced settings…” link, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
  3. Select “Ccookies and other site and plug-in data”

Mozilla firefox:

  1.  Choose the menu “tools” then “Options”
  2.  Click on the icon “privacy”
  3.  Select the relevant options under “history”

Opera 6.0 and above:

  1. Select the “menu” option at the top-left
  2. Click on “Settings”
  3. Click on “Preferences”
  4. Click on the “Advanced” tab
  5. Click on the “Cookies” option on the left-hand side
  6. Select the relevant options

Safari:

  1. Select the cog icon at the top-left
  2. Click on “Preferences”
  3. Click on the “Privacy” option
  4. Select the relevant options

There is further guidance available on the website www.aboutcookies.org which tells you how to control and remove cookies using the options available in your web browser.