WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies and similar technologies are very small text documents or pieces of code, which a website sends to a visitor’s computer or other internet-connected device to uniquely identify the visitor’s browser, or to store information or settings in the browser. This technology helps us (1) remember your information so you won’t have to re-enter it in the future; (2) track and understand how you use and interact with the site; (3) tailor the site to your preferences; (4) measure the usability of the site; (5) understand the effectiveness of our communications; and (6) otherwise manage and enhance the site.
Essential and Non-Essential Cookies
Cookies can be classified as being either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.Essential Cookies are cookies that are either:
- used only to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- strictly required to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.
Non-Essential Cookies are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyse your behaviour on a website (‘performance’ cookies), or cookies used to display advertisements for you (‘targeting’ cookies).
Session and Persistent Cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
Session Cookies: session cookies last for as long as your browser is open – they expire when you close it.
Persistent Cookies: persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time, or when you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.
First and Third Party Cookies
Cookies can be classified as being ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.
First Party Cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.
Third-Party Cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third-party website domains.
Different Categories of Cookies:
Necessary Cookies - these cookies are necessary for the website to function, and cannot be switched off in our systems. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but in doing so, some parts of the site will not work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information. Necessary cookies are deleted when you end your browsing session, or shortly after.
Functional Cookies - these cookies provide functionality that makes using the service more convenient, and makes providing more personalised features possible. They may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all of these services may not function properly.
Analytics/Performance Cookies – these cookies are used to track the use and performance of a website and services, and help us to improve the performance of our sites and make the them more user-friendly. Some of these cookies are persistent cookies which remain on your computer or other internet-connected device for a certain period of time after you end your browsing session, unless you delete them. All information collected by these cookies 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 are provided by third-party analytics providers, including Google Analytics.
Targeting/Advertising Cookies – these cookies are used to tailor advertisements that are relevant to you and to your interests, while also limiting the number of times you see an advertisement. They are usually placed on the website by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. These cookies remember that you have visited a website, and this information is then shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Social Sharing Cookies – these cookies allow you to share content directly on social networking/sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE OBTAIN THROUGH COOKIES?
The information we obtain through cookies includes your device’s IP address, domain name, identifiers associated with your device, device and operating system type and characteristics, web browser characteristics, language preferences, your interactions with the sites (such as the webpages you visit, links you click, and features you use), the pages that led or referred you to the sites, dates and times of access to the sites, and other information about your use of the sites.
COOKIES USED ON OUR SITES
|Necessary||CONSENT||Stores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain.||90 days|
|Necessary||OCSESSID ||As a visitor browses around the pages on the site, this session cookie tells the website that the visitor is the same person requesting the webpages, and not a new visitor to each page.||Expires when the browser is closed|
|Functional||language||Remembers your preferred language each time you log in. ||30 days|
|Analytics / Performance||_ga||Google Analytics cookie. Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||2 years|
|Analytics / Performance||_gid||Google Analytics cookie. Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||1 day|
|Targeting / Advertising||_fbp||Used by Facebook to store and track visits across websites.||1 year|
|Analytics / Performance||_gat_gtag||Google Analytics cookie. Session Cookie used to throttle request rate.||1 minute|
|Analytics / Performance||1P_JAR||Cookie Provider: google.com. Collects website statistics and tracks conversion rates.||30 days|
|Targeting / Advertising||ANID||Cookie Provider: google.com. Cookie is used for advertising served across the web and stored in google.com.||2 years|
|Targeting / Advertising||HSID||Used for security purposes to store digitally signed and encrypted records of a user’s Google account ID and most recent sign-in time which allows Google to authenticate users, prevent fraudulent use of login credentials, and protect user data from unauthorised parties. This can also be used for targeting purposes to show relevant and personalised ad content.||1 year|
|Targeting / Advertising||SID ||Cookie Provider: youtube.com. Used for security purposes to store digitally signed and encrypted records of a user’s Google account ID and most recent sign-in time which allows Google to authenticate users, prevent fraudulent use of login credentials, and protect user data from unauthorised parties. This can also be used for targeting purposes to show relevant and personalised ad content.||1 year|
|Targeting / Advertising||APISID||Cookie Provider: google.com. Used for targeting purposes to build a profile of the website visitor’s interests in order to show relevant and personalised Google advertising.||1 year|
|Targeting / Advertising||SAPISID||Cookie Provider: google.com. Used for targeting purposes to build a profile of the website visitor’s interests in order to show relevant and personalised Google advertising.||1 year|
|Targeting / Advertising||SSID||Cookie Provider: google.com.Used to store information about how you use the website and any advertising that you may have seen before visiting this website, in addition to being used to help customise advertising on Google properties by remembering your most recent searches, your previous interactions with an advertiser’s ads or search results and your visits to an advertiser’s website.||1 year|
|Analytics / Performance||SIDCC||Cookie Provider: google.com. Security cookie to protect a user’s data from unauthorised access. ||1 year|
|Targeting / Advertising||NID||Cookie Provider: google.com.Preferences cookie. Used to store preferences in a unique Google ID to remember your information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on. These preferences can be used for optimised and/or personalised advertising on Google networks.||1 year|
|Targeting / Advertising||OTZ||Cookie Provider: google.com. Targeting cookie. Cookie used by Google Analytics that provides an aggregate analysis of Website visitors.||1 month|
|Targeting / Advertising||__Secure-3PAPSID||Cookie Provider: google.com. Cookie is used for targeting purposes to build a profile of the website visitor’s interests in order to show relevant and personalised Google advertising. ||2 years|
|Targeting / Advertising||__Secure-3PSID||Cookie Provider: google.com. Used for targeting purposes to build a profile of the website visitor’s interests in order to show relevant and personalised Google advertising.||2 years|
|Targeting / Advertising||__Secure-3PSIDCC||Used for targeting purposes to build a profile of the website visitor’s interests in order to show relevant and personalised Google advertising.||2 years|
|Necessary||COUNTRYIP||Stores data about user location based on his/her IP address. The cookie is used to distinguish relevant website content that has to be shown in accordance to user's location.||30 days|
HOW CAN YOU REJECT OR OPT OUT OF RECEIVING COOKIES?