Cookie Policy

Web Technology Used

When you visit one of our websites, we may use the following web technologies:

Cookies: Subject to your web browser’s settings, we collect information that is sent to us automatically by your web browser when you access our websites by help of a cookie. This information typically includes the IP address currently assigned to your computer and the type of operating system and browser installed.
A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer's hard disk by a web server.

We distinguish between “session cookies” and “persistent cookies”.

Change Cookie Preferences

Session Cookies: We use session cookies to assign a randomly-generated unique identification number to your computer each time you visit one of our websites. A session cookie expires after you close your browser. We use session cookies to support the functionality of our websites and to understand your use of our websites, i.e. which pages you visit, which links you use, and how long you stay on each page.

Persistent cookies: Where admitted, we use persistent cookies, which do not expire immediately after you close your browser, but stay on your computer until they expire after a set period of time or you delete them. Each time you visit any of our websites, our web server will recognize the persistent cookie on your computer's hard drive. By assigning your computer a persistent, unique identifier, we are able to create a database of your previous choices and preferences. The unique identifier also helps us to keep a more accurate account of how often you visit our websites, how often you return, how your use of our websites may vary over time, and the effectiveness of our promotional efforts. This information is however not revealing your personal data, it solely reveals movements made on your computer. If you access our websites through an e-mail we have sent you or you've created a "user identity" during one of your visits, the information provided by our or our third party service provider’s cookies may be linked to information in our records that identifies you personally.

Consent to Use Cookies: Session cookies do not require your prior consent, if they are necessary for the functioning of the website and will expire once you have left the site. Persistent cookies that track your previous choices and preferences but are not necessary for the functioning of the website require your express prior consent. We will not send you any third-party persistent cookie until you have consented through an opt-in function on our websites. When you do consent, we will set a persistent cookie that will track your cookie preference for future site visits.

Cookies currently used on the websites
The current state of our cookie use, their purpose, intrusiveness and persistence is as follows:

• Analytics

Analytics: We use Google Analytics, which creates a number of first-party cookies, which allow us to ensure that subsequent visits to our website are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor and to show us how you found us.

Flash Local Shared Object (LSO) storage
We may periodically use the YouTube service to host video content and embed YouTube's player in our web pages to allow you to watch the video without leaving our website. YouTube's embedded player currently creates and updates a Flash LSO. We have no direct control over YouTube's use of the data stored in this object. For more information, please refer to YouTube’s privacy policy.

Other cookies we may be using
We occasionally trial other services which may create cookies on your computer. If we are currently doing so then these trials will be listed here.