Cookies are bits of text that are placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit certain websites. We use cookies to tell us whether you have visited us before or if you are a new visitor, and they help us identify features of our site which may interest you the most.

When you save preferences on a particular site you activate a cookie from that site and that’s what causes the site to recognise your preferences every time you access the site from the same computer.

We use third party to help us analyse the information we get from cookies and we use this information to improve the appearance of our website and make it easier for customers to use.

If you are not happy about receiving cookies, most Internet browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to request alerts when you receive a new cookie and how to disable existing cookies. Some useful information about cookies can be found at www.aboutcookies.org. We should point out, however, that cookies in general help you to benefit from the features of a website and without them you may not be able to take full advantage of what the website has to offer.

Web beacons (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs) allow permitted third parties to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer, the details of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was used, the type of browser used to view it and the information in the cookies which the third party has set. We use beacons to measure how effective our advertising has been, and any third parties we use are contractually restricted from using any personal data collected for their own or others’ purposes.

Flash cookies Many websites use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video and game content to their users. Adobe utilise their own cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings but are used by the Flash Player for similar purposes, such as storing preferences or tracking users. Flash Cookies work in a different way to web browser cookies (the cookie types listed above are all set via your browser); rather than having individual cookies for particular jobs, a website is restricted to storing all data in one cookie. You can control how much data can be stored in that cookie but you cannot choose what type of information is allowed to be stored.