What Exactly Are Cookies?
A cookie is a small electronic data file which is sent by the website to your browser and is stored in your system’s hard drive, and is then used to determine your preferences when connecting to the services of our websites, as well as tracking determined behaviors or activities carried out by yourself inside our websites.
You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. This enables you to decide if you want to accept it or not. However, some of the services and features offered through our website may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.
Cookies can be first party or third-party cookies.
First party cookies: cookies that the website you are visiting places on your computer.
Third party cookies: cookies placed on your computer through the website but by third parties, such as, Google.
The Cookies Placed on Our Website
We use the following cookies on our website. We may combine information from these types of cookies and technologies with information about you from any other source.
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are necessary to you to move around our website and use its features. Without them some of the services you have asked for cannot be provided. They are then deleted once you close the browser and such cookies are known as first party cookies.
These cookies collect information in an anonymous way on how visitors use our website and apps. They help us to identify the number of visitors, the regions they are visiting from and gives us an insight on how visitors browse our site. These are also known as first party cookies.
These cookies enable our website and apps to remember your choices (such as your user name, language or region) hence providing more personal features. The information collected by such cookies will be anonymous and your browsing activity on other websites will not be tracked by them. These are also first party cookies.
We may use third party analytics services such as Google Analytics and other similar providers. These service providers help us to identify how users use our website and user patterns. The information generated by this cookie on how you use our websites will be transmitted to and stored by the third-party analytics service provider on servers outside the European Union. This information both collected and disclosed by these third-party service providers. On our behalf, the third-party service providers will use the information to evaluate your use of the websites, compile reports on the websites activity and other reports in connection with the use of the websites. The service providers in question may retain and use anonymous, aggregated data collected from users of our website in connection with their own business so as to improve their products and services. To learn how to prevent these cookies please click here.
Targeting or Advertising Cookies
These are cookies that allow us and our advertisers to deliver to you the information that interests you most. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advert and help in measuring the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. They remember that you have visited our website, the length of your visit and the ads you viewed. These are persistent cookies which are kept on your device until their expiry or until you manually delete them. Data about your browsing activity is collected and analyzed in an anonymous way.
Because of this, you may see certain third-party adverts on other websites based on your visits to our website because we participate in advertising networks administered by third-party vendors, such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, Yandex, Yahoo, Data Xu, Facebook, and other similar service providers. In addition, these advertising networks allow us to target better our adverts to our users. These networks track your online activities over time by automatically collecting information and use this information to show you adverts that are tailored to your individual interests, to track your browser activity across multiple websites, and to build a profile of your web browsing. The collection of data takes place both on our website and on third-party websites that participate in the advertising networks. To learn more about how to opt out of ad network interest-based advertising access the opt-out tools of the DAA here or Your Online Choices here.
Social Meida Cookies
These cookies together with social media plug-ins allow you to use the functionalities of social media networks such as Facebook, Google’s +1 button, Instagram and others found on our website. These cookies are persistent and will be kept on your device until their expiration or until manually deleted. If you use these functionalities, the plug-in and its content are loaded directly from the social media provider’s servers and included in the website by your browser. If you log into your respective social media account at the time you interact with the social media plug-ins on our website, the social media provider will connect this information with your social media user profile. We cannot influence which personal data the social media provider will collect about you. Please see their privacy notices for further information:
Cookie Consent and Opting Out
Most internet browsers automatically accept cookies and we assume that you are happy for us to place cookies on your device. If for any reason, you or another user of your device, wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you can accept or decline cookies by modifying your browser settings. Please keep in mind that if you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience our website and services.
When you arrive on our website a pop-up message will appear asking for your consent to place advertising cookies on your device. In order to provide your consent, please click ‘I understand’. Once your consent has been provided, this message will not appear again when you revisit. If you, or another user of your device, wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you can do so by altering your browser settings. If you do not withdraw your consent we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies from our website.
For more information about which cookies may be placed on your device and how to opt-out, please access the tools of the DAA here or Your Online Choices here.
In some instances, when you opt-out, a new cookie (Opt-Out-Cookie) is placed in your web browser. This tells the third party provider to cease data collection from your browser and prevents advertisements from being delivered to you.
For more information about cookies please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.