What is a cookie?
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Session cookies: these cookies allow Web site operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
How to delete and block our cookies
Changing your cookie settings
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- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
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Can I withdraw my consent?
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What cookies do we use and why?
To find out about specific cookies we use on this site, please see below.
The cookies used on our site are categorised as follows:
‘Performance’ cookies collect information about how you use our Web site – eg which pages you visit and if you experience any errors. These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and are only used to help us improve how our Web site works, understand what interests our users and measure how effective our content is.
We use performance cookies to:
Web analytics: Provide anonymous statistics on how our Web site is used
Error management: Help us improve the Web site by measuring any errors that occur.
Some of our performance cookies are managed for us by third parties. However, we don’t allow the third party to use the cookies for any purpose other than those listed above.
By using our site, you accept the use of ‘Performance’ cookies. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the Web site, so if you prevent them we cannot guarantee how our site will perform for you.
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More information about cookies
Information about cookies
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Internet Advertising Bureau
A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry which can be found at:
International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom
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