2. Cookies overview
We use the term cookie to refer to all technologies which store and access information on the device that you use to access our sites, such as your computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
There are different types of cookies. Cookies served by the entity that operates the domain you are visiting are called “first party cookies”. So cookies served by us while you are on this site, are first party cookies. Cookies served by companies that are not operating the domain you’re visiting are called “third party cookies” over which we have no control. So, for example, we may allow Google to set a cookie on your browser while you visit this site – that would be a third party cookie. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.
Cookies may also last for different periods of time. “Session cookies” only last as long as your browser is open. These are deleted automatically once you close your browser. Other cookies are “persistent cookies” meaning that they survive after your browser is closed. For example, they may recognise your device when you re-open your browser and browse the internet again. Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after six months.
3. Your choices
You have the right to choose whether or not to accept cookies. However, they are an important part of how our site works, so you should be aware that if you choose to refuse or remove cookies, this could affect the availability and functionality of our services.
Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies. To do so, please follow the instructions provided by your browser which are usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” facility. Some third parties also provide the ability to refuse their cookies directly by clicking on an opt-out link, and we have indicated where this is possible in the table below.
4. More information
5. Types and purposes of cookies
The following tables set out the different cookies that our site uses and why we use them. We have also listed some of the key third parties we work with.
|Name of cookie||Purpose||Who serves|
|PHPSESSID||Site session ID. Allows the site to recognise you as you progress from page to page during one session. Does not collect any information from the user.||This site|
|cookieNoshow||Cookie created if you close the cookie banner. Prevents the banner from displaying on your next visit to the site.||This site|
|walk-through||Cookies created if you choose "no" to the walk-through on each page. Prevents the walk-through panel from displaying on your next visit to the page.||This site|
|weirCounter||Cookie to vary the banner image and case study links on the homepage on each visit to the page.||This site|
|news||Cookie created if you save customised newsfeed options. Allows the site to display your chosen customised newsfeed on future visits to the page.||This site|
|_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz||Measures how users interact with our website content. More details||Google Analytics|
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