What are cookies?
A cookie is a small piece of information stored as a text file on your computer to improve your user experience and enable the website to remember you for future visits. Cookies can be used for a range of jobs including storing page preferences, improving navigation efficiency, tracking visitors and assisting in targeted advertising. Cookies are designed to make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier.
What cookies do we use or may use in the future.
These cookies allow us to recognise, count and see how visitors navigate the site so we can measure site performance and improve the way the website works for increased user-friendliness.
__utma Tracks return visitors to the website.
_utmb Establishes a browsing session has begun.
__utmc Establishes a browsing session has begun.
__utmz Tracks where visitors have originated from and how they navigate around the site.
owa_s Tracks how visitors use the site.
owa_v Tracks how visitors use the site.
These cookies are essential for basic site functionality e.g. navigation menus, site preferences. They are anonymous and most are usually deleted when you close your browser.
Third Party Cookies
These cookies are relevant to the usability of any third party features, for example social media, statistics etc. The third party websites may set cookies through our website.
The word “party” refers to the domain as specified in cookie; the website that is placing the cookie. So, for example, if you visit www.widgetrus.com and the domain of the cookie placed on your computer is www.widgetrus.com, then this is a first-party cookie. If, however, you visit www.widgetrus.com and the cookie placed on your computer says www.yahoo.com, then this is a third-party cookie.
You can block cookies by amending the browser settings that allow you to refuse the placement of all or some cookies on your computer. However, if you amend your browser settings to block cookies (including functional cookies) the site usability may be affected.