UK Cookies Policy
Effective Date: This Cookies Policy was updated 8th September 2014 and is effective as of that date.
There are two types of cookies that we may use on our Sites: session and persistent. Session cookies exist only during an online session. They disappear from your Device when you close your internet browser. Persistent cookies remain on your Device after the browser has been closed. The cookies used on the Site do not identify you personally. They merely recognize your browser, unless you choose to identify yourself voluntarily. You may choose to identify yourself for any one of the following reasons: by asking the browser to remember your username and password, by responding to a promotional offer, or by personalizing a web page or requesting more information on a product or service.
We also use web beacons on our Site. Web beacons (also known as clear gifs) are used in combination with cookies to help Site operators understand how you interact with their websites. A web beacon is typically a transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel x 1 pixel) that is placed on a site or in an email. The use of a clear gif allows the Site to measure your actions in opening the page that contains the clear gif.
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your experience.
What cookies and web beacons do we use?
Each of the cookies we use on our Site are described in the Cookies Consent Tool available on each page of our Site. You can use the tool to change your cookies preferences at any time. We have summarised the cookie types used on our Site into the following three categories:
- To provide you with the service you have asked for (essential cookies)
For example, keeping you logged in during your visit so that you are not automatically logged off the Site.
- To show adverts that are more relevant to your interests (advertising cookies)
For example, advertising cookies may include cookies placed by third party advertising networks to group you with other users into interest groups and show you advertisements likely to be of interest to those groups. These cookies also help to limit the number of times that you see an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. The cookies remember you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.
- To analyse and improve your browsing experience (analytics and customisation cookies)
For example, these cookies allow us to analyse which bits of the Site are most popular and get viewed the most and which get viewed the least, and provide us with demographic information about users of the Site (such as age, gender and interest areas, where available). We also use them to check for bugs and glitches in the Site and to remember the choices you have made such as your language or region and to enhance and personalise your experience.
The Cookies Consent Tool includes further information on the types of cookies used by us and third party organisations on our Site.
How to manage cookies used on this Site
In addition to being able to change your preferences at any time using the Cookies Consent Tool, the Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to delete old cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether. You can also disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on's settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer.
It is not technically possible for your settings to be carried with you between your browsers and devices. As such, you will need to make your preferred changes to these settings from each browser you use.
PS3, Apple iOS and Android Devices
When using these devices, cookies will be stored to your device for the following purposes: keeping you logged in, managing parental control PINs, analytics and advertising. These cookies are essential to the operation of the application. It is not currently possible to opt out or remove these cookies from the devices without deleting the application.
How can we make changes to our Cookies Policy and the Cookies Consent Tool?
Except to the extent limited by applicable law, we reserve the right to change the terms of this Cookies Policy and the Cookies Consent Tool at any time, by prominently posting notice of the amendment on this Site. The changes will become effective fourteen days after posting. If we make any changes to this Cookies Policy or the Cookies Consent Tool that materially impact the way that we collect, process or store your Personal Data, we will, to the extent that we have your email address, notify you by email.