Our website uses technology to collect information about the use of our website, to distinguish between users, to help us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and to allow us to improve our website and our service. This means that when you visit our website, “cookies” will be placed on your computer or other device. In the table below, you will see a description of each cookie that we use and what it does. Our cookies may capture personal information about you. This means data which identifies or can be used to identify you as an individual. It would include online identifiers such as your IP address and pseudonymous identifiers (e.g. strings of numbers or letters) should it be possible for us to identify you from these.
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded onto your browser, computer or mobile device when you visit our website. When you revisit our website, they enable us to obtain information about your previous visits and about your computer including, where available, your IP address, pseudonymous identifiers (see above), operating system and browser type, for the purposes described in the table below. In some cases (depending on the particular cookie), those purposes will include system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns.
Strictly necessary cookies. We use these cookies to allow you to visit different pages of our website and to move more easily around our website. More details are in the table below.
Analytical and Performance cookies. These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and see how visitors move around our website when they are using it, for instance, which pages they go to most often and if they get error messages from those pages. This assists us in improving the way our website works e.g. by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. These are temporary or session cookies and expire at the end of a browser session. More details are in the table below.
Advertising Cookies. These cookies are placed by selected third parties. They are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They remember that you have visited a website. More details are in the table below.
A cookie is either a:
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|Platform||Cookie Name & Purpose|
We use Google Analytics which sets a cookie for the purpose of anonymously identifying when users return to our website. The information is used by Google to store a history of website pages visited by a user each time.
utma - Used to distinguish users and browsing sessions.
utmt - Used to determine if a request to our website should be actioned.
utmb - Used to determine new browsing sessions and visits.
utmz - Used to store the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached our website.
|Affiliate Window (AWIN)||
This cookie is used on our website in order to provide functionality for the Affiliate Window service (uk.affiliatewindow.com).
aw1001 - Set when a user clicks on one of our links and lets us and the advertiser know the website from which the user came.
AWSESS - Set when a user sees an advert and is used to make sure we do not keep showing users the same advert.
awpv1001 - Set when a user sees an advert and used to let us and the advertiser know where the user was when the advert was displayed.
aw_m_1001 - Set when a user clicks on one of our links and is used to let us and the advertiser know the website from which the user came.
rud - Used to identify the user through an alpha-numeric ID and to capture the time at which the cookie was first created.
ruds - This cookie is a session cookie version of the “rud” cookie.
eud - Used in sync with partner systems to match users.
euds - This cookie is a session cookie version of the “eud” cookie.
ub - Used to gather user behaviour (number of visits, day-time of visit and frequency) to understand the user pattern.
smd - Used for sharing user session data with our in-house data management advertising platform.
caa - Used to determine whether the user is new or returning.
Cookies help you get the most out of our website. However, you may set up your browser to delete or refuse some or all of them or to notify you when you are sent a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it. You may also decide subsequently to delete or refuse some or all of the cookies at any time.
If your computer is shared with others, you should clear cookies stored by the browser every time you close your browser to avoid your e-mail address or other details being displayed in the login field to a subsequent user of our website.
For your convenience we provide links to the cookie management pages for the most popular web browsers:
You can find independent information about cookies by carrying out searches online.