What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

Types of Cookies

There are two types of cookies:

  1. First Party Cookies – these cookies are issued by the website being visited and only the website which issued the first party cookies can read them.
  2. Third Party Cookies – these cookies are issued by the website(s) other than the website being visited.

How do we use cookies?

First Party Cookies

  • We use only session cookies on our website.
  • The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:
    PHPSESSID – This is an essential operational cookie. We use this cookie to recognise a computer when a user visits our website. When the browsing session ends.

Third Party Cookies

  • We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website.
  • Our analytics service provider generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies.
  • The analytics cookies used by our website have the following names: _ga, _gat.
  • The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.
  • Our analytics service provider’s privacy policy is available at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

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