Cookies

By using our website, you accept that we may set cookies on your computer.

This page explains:

  • Which cookies are set on your computer.
  • What those cookies are used for.
  • How you can manage/opt out of those cookies.
  • How we use other information that you provide.

What are cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files that are stored on a user’s browser. Most cookies contain a unique identifier called a cookie ID: a string of characters that websites and servers associate with the browser on which the cookie is stored. This allows websites and servers to distinguish the browser from other browsers that store different cookies, and to recognise each browser by its unique cookie ID.

Cookies are widely used by websites and servers to provide many of the basic services that we find online. If you shop on a website, a cookie allows the website to remember which items you’ve added to your virtual shopping basket. If you set preferences on a website, a cookie allows the website to remember your preferences the next time that you visit. Or if you sign into a website, the website might use a cookie to recognise your browser later on, so that you don’t have to sign in again. Cookies also allow websites to collect data about user activity, such as how many unique visitors a page receives per month. All these applications depend on the information stored in cookies.

The following information explains the use of cookies on our website:

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website. Google Analytics stores IP address anonymously on its servers in the US, and neither ourselves nor Google will associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information. These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.

The following cookies are set on your computer by Google Analytics:

Cookie NameDefault Expiration TimeDescription
__utma2 years from set/updateUsed to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmt10 minutesUsed to throttle request rate.
__utmb30 mins from set/updateUsed to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmcEnd of browser sessionNot used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmz6 months from set/updateStores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmv2 years from set/updateUsed to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Opting out of Google Analytics cookies

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies by downloading the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Google Adsense

We display adverts on our website through Google’s Adsense program. These set cookies on your computer.

AdSense uses cookies to improve advertising. Some common applications are to target advertising based on what’s relevant to a user, to improve reporting on campaign performance and to avoid showing ads that the user has already seen.

Cookies themselves contain no personally identifiable information. Depending on the publisher’s and the user’s settings, information associated with cookies used in advertising may be added to the user’s Google account.

Opting out of ads personalisation

If a user opts out of ads personalisation using Google’s Ads Settings, they will no longer receive personalised advertising from Google.

When does AdSense send cookies to a browser?

AdSense sends a cookie to the user’s browser after any impression, click or other activity that results in a call to its servers. If the browser accepts the cookie, the cookie is stored on the browser.

Most commonly, AdSense sends a cookie to the browser when a user visits a page that shows Google ads. Pages with Google ads include ad tags that instruct browsers to request ad content from Google’s servers. When the server delivers the ad content, it also sends a cookie. But a page doesn’t have to show Google ads for this to happen; it just needs to include Google’s ad tags, which might load a click tracker or impression pixel instead.

Third-party and first-party cookies

Cookies are categorised as third-party or first-party depending on whether they are associated with the domain of the site a user visits. Note that this doesn’t change the name or content of the actual cookie. The difference between a third-party cookie and a first-party cookie is only a matter of which domain a browser is pointed towards. The exact same kind of cookie might be sent in either scenario.

Personalised ads

Google shows personalised ads as well as non-personalised ads to visitors.

Personalised ads reach users based on their interests, demographics and other criteria. Because ad technology providers may collect, receive, and use personal data from users in personalised ads, we are obliged to identify all such ad technology providers.

The ad technology providers that collect, receive and use personal data to display personalised ads on this site are as follows:

Ad technology providers
URL
Google
https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/partner-sites/
Aarki
http://corp.aarki.com/privacy
Adacado
https://www.adacado.com/privacy-policy-april-25-2018/
Adara Media
https://adara.com/2018/04/10/adara-gdpr-faq/
AdClear
https://www.adclear.de/datenschutzerklaerung/
ADEX
http://theadex.com
Adform
https://site.adform.com/uncategorized/product-and-services-privacy-policy/
Adikteev
https://www.adikteev.com/eu/privacy/
AdLedge
https://adledge.com/data-privacy/
Adloox
http://adloox.com/disclaimer
Adludio
https://adludio.com/termsandconditions
AdMaxim
http://www.admaxim.com/admaxim-privacy-policy/
Admedo
https://www.admedo.com/privacy-policy
Admetrics
https://admetrics.io/en/privacy_policy/
Adobe Advertising Cloud
https://www.adobe.com/privacy/general-data-protection-regulation.html
AdRoll, Inc.
https://www.adroll.com/gdpr
AdTriba
https://privacy.adtriba.com/
advanced STORE GmbH
https://www.ad4mat.com/en/privacy/
Adventori
https://www.adventori.com/fr/avec-nous/mentions-legales/
advolution.control
http://advolution.de/privacy.php
affilinet
https://www.affili.net/uk/footeritem/privacy-policy
Akamai
http://www.akamai.com/compliance/privacy
Amazon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201909010
Amobee
https://www.amobee.com/trust/privacy-guidelines
Analights
https://analights.com/docs/analights-consent-to-the-processing-of-personal-data-en.pdf
AppLovin Corp.
https://www.applovin.com/privacy
AppNexus
https://www.appnexus.com/en/company/platform-privacy-policy
Arrivalist
https://www.arrivalist.com/privacy#gdpr
AudienceProject
http://privacy.audienceproject.com/for-users/
Aunica
http://www.aunica.com/privacy/privacy.html
Avocet
http://avocet.io/privacy-portal
Batch Media
http://batch.ba/datenschutzerklarung/
BDSK Handels GmbH & Co. KG
https://www.xxxlutz.de/ocms/privacy
Beeswax
https://www.beeswax.com/privacy.html
Betgenius
http://betting.geniussports.com/connextra-service-terms-conditions/
Bidswitch
http://www.bidswitch.com/privacy-policy/
Blismedia
http://www.blis.com/privacy/
Bombora
http://bombora.com/privacy
Booking.com
https://www.booking.com/content/privacy.en-gb.html
C3 Metrics
https://c3metrics.com/privacy
Cablato
http://cablato.com/privacy
Celtra
https://www.celtra.com/privacy-policy/
Centro
https://www.centro.net/privacy-policy/
Cint
https://www.cint.com/participant-privacy-notice/
Clinch
https://clinch.co/pages/privacy.html
Cloud Technologies
http://green.erne.co/assets/PolicyCT.pdf
Cloudflare
https://www.cloudflare.com/security-policy/
Commanders Act
https://www.commandersact.com/en/privacy/
comScore
https://www.comscore.com/About-comScore/Privacy-Policy
Conversant/CJ Affiliate
https://www.conversantmedia.eu/legal/privacy-policy
Ad technology providers
URL
Crimtan
https://crimtan.com/privacy-ctl/
Criteo
https://www.criteo.com/privacy/
CUBED
http://cubed.ai/privacy-policy/gdpr/
DataXu
https://www.dataxu.com/gdpr/
Delta Projects
http://www.deltaprojects.com/data-collection-policy/
Demandbase
https://www.demandbase.com/privacy-policy/
DENTSU
http://www.dentsu.co.jp/terms/data_policy.html
Dentsu Aegis Network
http://www.dentsu.com/termsofuse/data_policy.html
Digiseg
http://www.digiseg.io/GDPR/
DMA Institute
https://www.dma-institute.com/privacy-compliancy/
DoubleVerify
https://www.doubleverify.com/privacy/
Dstillery
https://dstillery.com/privacy-policy/
DTS
https://client.adhslx.com/privacy.html
EASYmedia
https://www.rvty.net/gdpr
eBay
https://www.ebay.com/help/policies/member-behaviour-policies/user-privacy-notice-privacy-policy?id=4260#section12
ebuilders
http://ebuilders.nl/privacy
Effinity
https://www.effiliation.com/politique-confidentialite.html
emetriq
https://www.emetriq.com/datenschutz/
Ensighten
https://www.ensighten.com/privacy-policy/
Essens
https://essens.no/privacy-policy/
ESV
https://www.wizaly.com/terms-of-use#privacy-policy
Evidon
https://www.evidon.com/resources/privacy-statement/
Exactag
https://www.exactag.com/en/data-privacy/
Exponential
http://exponential.com/privacy/
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/update
Flashtalking
http://www.flashtalking.com/first-party-ad-serving/
Fractional Media
https://www.fractionalmedia.com/privacy-policy
FUSIO BY S4M
http://www.s4m.io/privacy-policy/
Gemius
https://www.gemius.com/cookie-policy.html
GfK
https://sensic.net/
GP One
http://www.gsi-one.org/templates/gsi/en/files/privacy_policy.pdf
GroupM
https://www.groupm.com/privacy-policy
gskinner
https://createjs.com/legal/privacy.html
Haensel AMS
https://haensel-ams.com/data-privacy/
Havas Media France – DBi
http://www.centraltag.com/commercial/policy/index.action
hurra.com
http://www.hurra.com/impressum
IBM
https://www.ibm.com/customer-engagement/digital-marketing/gdpr
Ignition One
https://www.ignitionone.com/privacy-policy/gdpr-subject-access-requests/
Impact
https://impact.com/privacy-policy/
Index Exchange
http://www.indexexchange.com/privacy/
Infectious Media
https://impressiondesk.com/
Innovid
http://www.innovid.com/privacy-policy
Integral Ad Science
http://www.integralads.com/privacy-policy
intelliAd
https://www.intelliad.de/datenschutz
Interpublic Group
https://www.interpublic.com/privacy-notice
Jivox
http://www.jivox.com/privacy/
Kantar
https://www.kantarmedia.com/global/privacy-statement
Kochava
https://www.kochava.com/support-privacy/
LifeStreet
http://www.lifestreet.com/privacy
Liftoff
https://liftoff.io/privacy-policy/
Ad technology providers
URL
LiveRamp
https://liveramp.com/service-privacy-policy/
Localsensor
https://www.localsensor.com/privacy.html
LoopMe
https://loopme.com/privacy/
Lotame
https://www.lotame.com/about-lotame/privacy/
Macromill group
https://www.metrixlab.com/privacy-statement/
MainADV
http://www.mainad.com/privacy-policy
Manage.com
https://www.manage.com/privacy-policy/
Marketing Science Consulting Group, Inc.
http://mktsci.com/privacy_policy.htm
MBR Targeting Gmbh
https://privacy.mbr-targeting.com
MediaMath
http://www.mediamath.com/privacy-policy/
Meetrics
https://www.meetrics.com/en/data-privacy/
MindTake Research
https://www.mindtake.com/en/reppublika-privacy-policy
Mobitrans
http://www.mobitrans.net/privacy-policy/
Mobpro
http://mobpro.com/privacy.html
Moloco Ads
http://www.molocoads.com/private-policy.html
MSI-ACI
http://site.msi-aci.com/Home/FlexTrackPrivacy
Nano Interactive
http://www.nanointeractive.com/privacy
Navegg
https://www.navegg.com/en/privacy-policy/
Neodata Group
https://www.neodatagroup.com/en/security-policy
NEORY GmbH
https://www.neory.com/privacy.html
Netflix
http://www.netflix.com/google-3PAS-info
Netquest
https://www.nicequest.com/us/privacy
Neuralone
https://web.neural.one/privacy-policy/
Neustar
https://www.home.neustar/privacy
Nielsen
http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/privacy-statement/digital-measurement.html
Nordic Factory Solutions AB
https://www.bannerflow.com/privacy
numberly
http://ads.1000mercis.com/us.html
Oath
https://policies.oath.com/xw/en/oath/privacy/enterprise/b2bprivacypolicy/
Objective Partners
https://www.objectivepartners.com/cookie-policy-and-privacy-statement/
Omnicom Media Group
https://www.omnicommediagroup.com/disclaimer.htm
On Device Research
https://ondeviceresearch.com/GDPR
OneTag
https://www.onetag.net/privacy/
OpenX Technologies
https://www.openx.com/legal/privacy-policy/
Optomaton
http://optomaton.com/privacy.html
Oracle Data Cloud
https://www.oracle.com/legal/privacy/marketing-cloud-data-cloud-privacy-policy.html
OTTO
https://www.otto.de/shoppages/service/datenschutz
PERMODO
http://permodo.com/de/privacy.html
Pixalate
http://www.pixalate.com/privacypolicy/
Platform161
https://platform161.com/cookie-and-privacy-policy/
PMG
https://www.pmg.com/privacy-policy/
Protected Media
http://www.protected.media/privacy-policy/
Publicis Groupe
https://www.publicismedia.de/datenschutz/
PubMatic
https://pubmatic.com/legal/privacy-policy/
PulsePoint
https://www.pulsepoint.com/privacy-policy
Quantcast
https://www.quantcast.com/privacy/
Rackspace
http://www.rackspace.com/gdpr
Rakuten Marketing
https://rakutenmarketing.com/legal-notices/services-privacy-policy
Relay42
https://relay42.com/privacy
Remerge
http://remerge.io/privacy-policy.html
Resonate
https://www.resonate.com/privacy-policy/
Ad technology providers
URL
LiveRamp
https://liveramp.com/service-privacy-policy/
Localsensor
https://www.localsensor.com/privacy.html
LoopMe
https://loopme.com/privacy/
Lotame
https://www.lotame.com/about-lotame/privacy/
Macromill group
https://www.metrixlab.com/privacy-statement/
MainADV
http://www.mainad.com/privacy-policy
Manage.com
https://www.manage.com/privacy-policy/
Marketing Science Consulting Group, Inc.
http://mktsci.com/privacy_policy.htm
MBR Targeting Gmbh
https://privacy.mbr-targeting.com
MediaMath
http://www.mediamath.com/privacy-policy/
Meetrics
https://www.meetrics.com/en/data-privacy/
MindTake Research
https://www.mindtake.com/en/reppublika-privacy-policy
Mobitrans
http://www.mobitrans.net/privacy-policy/
Mobpro
http://mobpro.com/privacy.html
Moloco Ads
http://www.molocoads.com/private-policy.html
MSI-ACI
http://site.msi-aci.com/Home/FlexTrackPrivacy
Nano Interactive
http://www.nanointeractive.com/privacy
Navegg
https://www.navegg.com/en/privacy-policy/
Neodata Group
https://www.neodatagroup.com/en/security-policy
NEORY GmbH
https://www.neory.com/privacy.html
Netflix
http://www.netflix.com/google-3PAS-info
Netquest
https://www.nicequest.com/us/privacy
Neuralone
https://web.neural.one/privacy-policy/
Neustar
https://www.home.neustar/privacy
Nielsen
http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/privacy-statement/digital-measurement.html
Nordic Factory Solutions AB
https://www.bannerflow.com/privacy
numberly
http://ads.1000mercis.com/us.html
Oath
https://policies.oath.com/xw/en/oath/privacy/enterprise/b2bprivacypolicy/
Objective Partners
https://www.objectivepartners.com/cookie-policy-and-privacy-statement/
Omnicom Media Group
https://www.omnicommediagroup.com/disclaimer.htm
On Device Research
https://ondeviceresearch.com/GDPR
OneTag
https://www.onetag.net/privacy/
OpenX Technologies
https://www.openx.com/legal/privacy-policy/
Optomaton
http://optomaton.com/privacy.html
Oracle Data Cloud
https://www.oracle.com/legal/privacy/marketing-cloud-data-cloud-privacy-policy.html
OTTO
https://www.otto.de/shoppages/service/datenschutz
PERMODO
http://permodo.com/de/privacy.html
Pixalate
http://www.pixalate.com/privacypolicy/
Platform161
https://platform161.com/cookie-and-privacy-policy/
PMG
https://www.pmg.com/privacy-policy/
Protected Media
http://www.protected.media/privacy-policy/
Publicis Groupe
https://www.publicismedia.de/datenschutz/
PubMatic
https://pubmatic.com/legal/privacy-policy/
PulsePoint
https://www.pulsepoint.com/privacy-policy
Quantcast
https://www.quantcast.com/privacy/
Rackspace
http://www.rackspace.com/gdpr
Rakuten Marketing
https://rakutenmarketing.com/legal-notices/services-privacy-policy
Relay42
https://relay42.com/privacy
Remerge
http://remerge.io/privacy-policy.html
Resonate
https://www.resonate.com/privacy-policy/

Non-personalised ads

Google also shows non-personalised ads.

Non-personalised ads are targeted using contextual information rather than the past behaviour of a user. Although these ads don’t use cookies for ads personalisation, they do use cookies to allow for frequency capping, aggregated ad reporting and to combat fraud and abuse. We require your consent therefore  to use cookies for those purposes from users in countries to which the EU ePrivacy Directive’s cookie provisions apply.

Opting out of Adsense cookies

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Youtube

Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Youtube video. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Youtube users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google account if you are signed in to one. Information about your use of our website, including your IP address, may be transmitted to Google and stored on servers in the United States.This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Google, in which case it is linked to your Google account.

Cookie name(s): SID, LOGIN_INFO, use_hotbox, PREF, SSID, HSID, watched_video_id_list, __utma, __utmz, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

What’s stored: Various unique identifiers, as well as login information that may relate to a Google account.

When does it expire? Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Youtube video, although some expire sooner.

Other Google features

Some of our web pages may use other Google features such as Google maps and Google Plus to allow you to promote our content, and to provide you with a better experience on our website. You can find out more about the type of cookies that Google sets here and by following the link below.

More information on Google’s use of your information

For more information on how Google collects and uses information from you via cookies please see ‘How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps. You may also like to read Google’s privacy policy.

Pinterest

Some of our web pages use a Pinterest share button which may set a cookie on your computer. You can find out more about how Pinterest uses your data here.

Ebay

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Facebook

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Stumbleupon

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Amazon

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Twitter

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Managing cookies in your browser settings

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Other privacy information

Log Files

Like many other Web sites, we make use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Data protection

Aside from cookies and analytics data (which is not matched to any individual user), the only other personal data we collect through this website is any data submitted by you if you leave a comment or review. You can contact us at any time to ask us to remove this content from the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other sites outside the group. We are not responsible for the privacy and security of these sites unless they belong to us.

If you are unsure whether a website belongs to us or not, just email us or give us a call.

If you have any more questions about the way we handle data, please call or email us.