What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customizing a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, storing that user’s preferences and login information and keeping our services secure.
Types of cookies?
There are different types of cookies. Some cookies come directly from our website (first-party cookies) and others are placed on your device by third party website domains (third-party cookies). Cookies can be stored for varying lengths of time on your browser or device (session cookies – erased when the user closes the web-browser and persistent cookies, which remain on the user’s computer/device for a pre-defined period of time until they reach their expiry date).
An important classification of cookies (especially when it comes to consent) are the Essential and Non-Essential cookies
Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:
- used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.
Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyze your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).
The cookies we use generally fall into one of the following categories:
Category of cookies
Why we use these cookies
|Strictly Necessary/ Required cookies||These cookies are essential for websites on our services to perform their basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions. Without required cookies, some parts of our website just won’t work as smoothly as they should.|
|Security / Functionality||We use these cookies to identify and prevent potential security risks and to store preferences set by our users such as account name, language, and location.|
|Analytics and Performance||Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with our websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them. Analytics cookies do not collect information that identifies a user personally and all information that is collected by these cookies is aggregated and anonymous.|
|Advertising||We use these cookies to deliver advertisements, to make them more relevant and meaningful to consumers, and to track the efficiency of our advertising campaigns, both on our services and on other websites or mobile apps. These cookies may be used to remember what you have looked at on a website. These are set by Automattic and trusted third party networks and are generally persistent in nature.|
|Third Party Cookies||In some cases, we may use third parties to manage our cookies but we do not allow any third party to use these cookies other than for the types of purpose listed in this policy. Third party advertisers and other organisations may also use their own cookies or other technologies to collect information about the content of our website and/or the advertisements you have clicked on. This information may be used by them to serve advertisements which they believe are most likely to be of interest to you based on content you have viewed. Third party advertisers may also use this information to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements. We do not have access or control over the cookies placed on our website by third parties and use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies. We recommend that you review the privacy policies of each of our third parties|
Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website. Non-essential’ cookies and other technologies are only placed on your computer or device if you have consented to us doing so.
How to control Cookies?
How to opt out of essential cookies:
Most browsers allow you to block all cookies, including essential cookies. Please note, however, that if you block all cookies, parts of our website and its functionality may not work or display properly.
You can delete existing cookies from your browser by clearing your browsing data and ensuring that the option to delete cookies is selected.
For information on how Google uses data from cookies it uses, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/
To opt out of Google Analytics tracking across all websites in general, you can do so here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
- https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);
- https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);
- http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);
- https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari);
- https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).
Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse our cookies, our system will issue cookies when you visit our website.
Please note that by deleting cookies or disabling future cookies you may be unable to access certain areas or features of our website and it will mean that settings such as your stored username and password may have to be reset. If you adjust your cookie settings this will also affect the other websites you visit.
For more information on how to control your cookie settings and browser settings, or how to delete cookies on your hard drive, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.