For almost any modern website to work properly, it needs to collect certain basic information on its users. Cookies are small text files placed on the browser or hard drive of your computer, mobile, or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used when providing online services and help to make websites work, or work more efficiently as well as to provide information to the website owners.
Cookies do lots of different things, for example, remembering user preferences, letting users navigate between pages efficiently and generally improving the user experience. Cookies are not used to personally identify you in any way, nor will they damage your system or files.
Some websites may also contain images called 'web beacons' (also known as 'clear gifs'). Web beacons only collect limited information, including a cookie number, a timestamp, and a record of the page on which they are placed. Websites may also carry web beacons placed by third party advertisers. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign (for example by counting the number of visitors).
To find out more about cookies, visit this site.
It is possible to tell your browser to reject cookies for all sites or specific sites. However, rejecting cookies is not recommended, as cookies are intended to improve your browsing experience. If you limit the ability of websites and applications to set cookies, you may worsen your overall user experience and/or lose the ability to access the services, since it will no longer be personalized to you. It may also stop you from saving customized settings, like login information.
If you do want to reject or opt out of cookies you can either manually delete them or set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products. Please see below for more information:
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.
You may opt-out of third party cookies from Google Analytics on its website. You can opt out of interest-based targeting provided by participating ad servers through the Digital Advertising Alliance http://youradchoices.com In addition, on your iPhone, iPad or Android, you can change your device settings to control whether you see online interest-based ads.
This version was last updated on 25.05.2018 and historic versions can be obtained by contacting us.