Cookies and similar devices
There are four main types of cookie:
Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences.
Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
The below table sets out further information on the cookies we use.
|.NET Session Cookies||ASP.NET_SessionId||This session cookie is essential to allow you to move around the Website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the Website|
|Web site feature||cookie-dismiss||This cookie indicates, that user was warned about cookies used on the page|
|support-default||This cookie stores information about product category, the user was looking for previously|
|tsHatch||This cookie stores information about the source of traffic group, the user entered on the site|
|Geo Localisation||geo-rediUrl||This cookie allows us to redirect you to the website that matches your location.|
|Geo Dissmiss||geo-dissmissed||This cookie is used when a user wishes to stay on a different website to what was suggested by the system. This will ensure that the popup doesnt contantly show up asking the user to change site.|
|Site Configuration||tt-cookie1||This allows us to store configuration information to provide you with the best experience possible.|
|Third parties cookies|
|ARRAffinity||This cookie ensures that each visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session|
|New Relic||1) NREUM||Cookies used by NewRelic company, which monitors site performance|
|Google Analytics||1) _ga||Distinguish the current domain, start and end of a session, traffic source, unique visitors, number and time of previous visit and value of visitor-level custom variables.|
|2) _utma||Determines first visit to the site from a particular browser.|
|3) _utmb||Used to establish and continue a user session with the site.|
|4) _utmc||Holds timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves the site.|
|5) _utmz||Records type of referral used by visitor to reach the site (such as direct, referring link, web site search, ad campaign, e-mail link) For more information on Google Analytics click on this link.|
|6) _utmv||Used 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.|
|7) _gat||According to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.|
|8) _gid||Used to distinguish users.|
|AddThis||di2||These cookies are used by Addthis.com which collects information to customize the AddThis Button to your usage patterns.|
|dt||For more information read Add This privacy|
|Hot Jar||hjIncludedInSample||This cookie is associated with web analytics functionality. It uniquely identifies a visitor during a single browser session and indicates they are included in an audience sample.|
|Facebook Pixel||fbevents||Third party pixels help us to reach our existing audience on Facebook and supply them with relevant content. These are maintained for between 30 and 180 days. You can opt out of Facebook Pixel cookies by visiting the Adverts tab in your Facebook profile settings.|
Changing your Cookie settings
Most internet browsers give you the option to refuse the setting of all or some cookies (more information on changing your browser settings is available on the Information Commissioner’s Office website here). However, if you block cookies, some of our Website features or services may not function properly or may not be fully available.