Cookies are small text files which are placed on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a website. Cookies are used to make the website work well or simply work more efficiently. They are also used for web analytics with the purpose of helping the users optimise their visit on the website. There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies:
session cookies are created temporarily in your browser's subfolder while you are visiting a website. These cookies expire and are automatically deleted when you close your internet browser.
persistent cookies remain in your browser's subfolder and are activated again once you visit the website that created that particular cookie. A persistent cookie does not expire when you close your browser, it remains in the browser's subfolder for the duration period set within the cookie's file.
What are cookies used for?
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us recognise and count the number of visitors, analyse how well our website is performing, remember your username and preferences. This makes it possible to match your preferred interests more quickly and make the content displayed more relevant to you.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
Google uses this information on behalf of BMI Group to evaluate the use of the BMI Group’s online products and services, to prepare online product and service activity reports, and to perform other services for us related to the use of our online products and services and Website. Anonymised user profiles are then created based on the processed data.
The IP address provided by the user’s browser will not be combined with other Google data. Users can set their browser software to prevent the storage of cookies. Users can also prevent the data collected by the cookie regarding use of our online products and services from being sent to and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin using the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. Please note that some outdated web browsers may not support the Google opt-out browser plugin. If you wish to use such old web browser, please refer to the settings of your browser if you wish to disable cookies.
Additional information regarding Google’s use of data for advertising purposes and regarding settings and disagreement options can be found on the following Google websites:
In the settings of your internet browser you can choose whether or not to accept cookies. However, you must be aware of the fact that if you use your browser settings to block all cookies you may lose some features and functionality on our website or you may not be able to access some parts of the website.
The following websites provide information on how to manage and adjust the cookies settings on some popular browsers: