What are cookies?

Cookies are pieces of information which include a unique reference code that a website transfers to your device to store and sometimes track information about you. A number of cookies we use last only for the duration of your web session (“session cookies”) and expire when you close your browser. Other cookies are used, for example, to remember you when you return to the site and will last for longer (“persistent cookies”). Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. They are uniquely assigned to your device and are sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit (if they last longer than a web session) or to another website that recognises that cookie.

Some of the cookies used by our sites are set by us, and some are set by third parties who are delivering services (such as interest based advertising and web analytics) on our behalf.

What do we use cookies for?

Some cookies are essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website or areas with paid-for content. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like shopping baskets, cannot be provided. Because such cookies are essential for using a site, these cookies cannot be turned off without severely affecting your use of the website.

Other cookies perform various functions, as the table below explains, together with your options for controlling them.

Some cookies may also be controlled by using your web browser settings. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that or to notify you each time a cookie is set.

You can also learn more about cookies in general by visiting allaboutcookies.org, which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different types of browser.

Our cookies and your options:

ExampleWhat it doesYour options
These cookies allow us to manage the technical performance of the website such as load balancing to ensure that the site is available to all users.You may set your browser to reject these cookies but this is likely to affect your use of the site.
These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience. For example, they allow the website to remember selections such as language, currency, region or changes to text size and to remember you on return visits. They may also be used, for example, to remember the point you have reached in a survey so that you can return to it later.By choosing an option such as remember me, text size or participating in a survey or similar services that necessitate the use of a cookie, you will be indicating your consent to that cookie. You may set your browser to reject these cookies but this is likely to affect your use of the site.
Activity Loggin – websites
This cookie is essential to authorise your access to content and services that are not publicly available including paid-for content.
If you are a registered user, trialist or subscriber, when you log on, this places a cookie on your machine. Once you are logged on, we use this cookie to monitor your activity on our websites, including, for example, which articles you read. This is for the following purposes:
– To ensure compliance with your user license and adherence to our terms and conditions as part of your trial or subscription.
– For customer service purposes, both to provide users with a tailored service and to develop products and services reflecting our users’ needs.
If you would prefer us not to use your activity log for customer service purposes, you can request that we anonymise it for these uses. This will affect our ability to understand your requirements and personalise your browsing experience in the future.
Please include the following details:
– Your name
– Your company name
– Your email address that you use to access our website

Third party cookies:

Third PartyWhat it doesWhere to go for further information, including turning it off
AdSenseGoogle AdSense is a program run by Google that allows publishers in the Google Network of content sites to serve automatic text, image, video, or interactive media advertisements that are targeted to site content and audience.http://www.google.com/settings/ads
DoubleClick/DFP (Double-Click for Publishers)/DARTDoubleClick is a service provided by Google. Its cookies are used to serve advertising relevant to users’ interests and measure the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns for our sites.http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads
Google AdwordsDisplays advertisements prompted by search terms entered into the Google search box. We use Google Adwords to display advertisements about our products and services.https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922?hl=en
Google AnalyticsGoogle Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps us to understand how our users engage with our websites and so allows us better to tailor our websites to our users’ needs.
The tool uses a cookie in order to evaluate use of content and compile reports for us on activity on our websites and Apps.
Google Analytics – Advertising FeaturesSome of our sites may use these Features including Demographics and Interest Reports.

Where these Features are enabled, Google Analytics will collect data about our website traffic via Google advertising cookies andanonymous identifiers*, in addition to data collected through the standard Google Analytics implementation.

The Demographics and Interest Reports will not contain personally identifiable data but they may pull in browsing data from these additional sources.
To opt out of Google Analytics:
To check your Google ads settings and opt out of Google Ads:
To prevent anonymous identifiers* being used for Google Analytics/Ads purposes on your mobile device, visit your device’s Settings menu.
Google Analytics – Advertising Features – RemarketingRemarketing enables the display of online advertisements about our products and services to individuals who have previously viewed one of our websites. The advertisements will relate to the site/page/article/product/event viewed. Remarketing may also be based on additional information such as interest or demographics (e.g. age range) held by Google.https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922
Google Analytics – user ID and cross device reportsThis enables us to link activities on our sites by the same user from different devices, using our internal customer numbers. Although we can identify the user, Google will not be able to do this.To opt out of Google Analytics:
LinkedInThe Insight Tag creates a unique LinkedIn browser cookie (and associated ID) on a visitor’s browser to allow for targeted advertising from LinkedIn, which will be displayed when visiting our websites. The Tag also gives us anonymous feedback on how visitors use our sites. No personal data is collected via the Insight Tag.https://www.linkedin.com/help/lms/answer/65797?query=opt%20out%20from%20linkedin%20cookies
Nielsen StandardNielsen Standard provides online audience measurement and analysis services.http://www.nielsen-online.com/corp.jsp?section=leg_prs&nav=1
Adroll/Perfect AudienceThese services use cookies to retarget visitors who do not complete an action, such as registering, on one of our sites. The cookie enables the display of an advertisement, on other sites and social media platforms visited subsequently, inviting you to return to our site to complete the action.AdRoll:
Perfect Audience:
TwitterThese cookies are created by Twitter. They are present because a Twitter widget or button is being used on the website.https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170514
VimeoVimeo is a video sharing platform.https://vimeo.com/cookie_policy
YoutubeCookies associated with YouTube.https://policies.google.com/technologies/types?hl=en-us

(*An anonymous identifier is a random string of characters that is used for the same purposes as a cookie on platforms, including certain mobile devices, where cookie technology is not available.)