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Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Essential cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose, in accordance with our Privacy Notice where the information concerned is capable of identifying the individual website user.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Essential CookiesPurposeExpiry
PHPSESSIDPreserves user session state across page requests.For the length of the session
_at.hist.#Used by the social sharing platform AddThis to store the user’s usage history of the AddThis sharing widgetPersistent
_gaRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website2 years
_gatUsed by Google Analytics to throttle request rateFor the length of the session
_gidRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the websiteFor the length of the session
collectUsed to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channelsFor the length of the session
vuidProvided by and collects data on the user’s visits to the website, such as which pages have been read.2 years
_atuvcUpdates the counter of a website’s social sharing features13 months
_atuvsEnsures that the updated counter is displayed to the user if a page is shared with the social sharing service, AddThisFor the length of the session
_at.cwwUsed by the social sharing platform AddThisPersistent
at-lojson-cache-#Used by the social sharing platform AddThisPersistent
at-randUsed by the social sharing platform AddThisPersistent
at-randUsed by the social sharing platform AddThisPersistent
bt2Used by the social sharing platform AddThis to keep a record of the parts of the site that have been visited in order to recommend other parts of the site255 days
di2Geolocation, which is used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level)13 months
uidCreates a unique, machine-generated user ID. AddThis, which is owned by Clearspring Technologies, uses the user ID to make it possible for the user to share content across social networks and provide detailed statistics to various providers.1 year
uvcDetecs how often the social sharing service, AddThis, encounters the same user.13 months
vcUsed by the social sharing platform AddThis1 year
xtcRegisters the user’s sharing of content via social media13 months

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

Managing your cookie preferences

In most cases we will need your consent in order to use cookies on this website, other than for use of essential cookies. Where we wish to use cookies that require your consent you will be asked whether you consent to the use of cookies via the pop-up on our website. You can manage your cookie preferences at any time by following this link.