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We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary 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.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|__utma||One of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics||After 2 years by default and distinguishes between users and sessions||__utma|
|__utmb||This cookie determines new sessions and visits. It is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Any activity by a user within the 30 minute life span will count as a single visit, even if the user leaves and then returns to the site. A return after 30 minutes will count as a new visit, but a returning visitor.||After 30 minutes||__utmb|
|__utmc||This cookie is used in combination with the __utmb cookie to identify new sessions/visits for returning visitors||When the user closes their browser||__utmc|
|__utmt||This cookie is used to throttle the request rate for the service - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites||After 10 minutes||__utmt|
|__utmz||This cookie identifies the source of traffic to the site – e.g. Google Analytics can tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site||After 6 months and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics||__utmz|
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