COOKIE POLICY


Last modified: January 20, 2015

This page explains what cookies are, how we use them on our website and your options for controlling them. 

What are cookies?

Cookies are pieces of information which include a unique reference code that a website transfers to your device to store and sometimes track information about you.  A number of cookies we use last only for the duration of your web session (“session cookies”) and expire when you close your browser. Other cookies are used, for example, to remember you when you return to the site and will last for longer (“persistent cookies”).  Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. They are uniquely assigned to your device and are sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit (if they last longer than a web session) or to another website that recognises that cookie.

Some of the cookies used by our sites are set by us, and some are set by third parties who are delivering services (such as interest based advertising and web analytics) on our behalf.


What do we use cookies for?

Some cookies are essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website or areas with paid-for content. Without these cookies our services cannot be provided. Because such cookies are essential for using a site, these cookies cannot be turned off without severely affecting your use of the website. 

Other cookies perform various functions, as the table below explains, together with your options for controlling them. 

Some cookies may also be controlled by using your web browser settings. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that or to notify you each time a cookie is set.


Our cookies and your options:


Type of cookie 

What it does 

Your options 

Performance 

These cookies allow us to manage the technical performance of the website such as load balancing to ensure that the site is available to all users 

You may set your browser to reject these cookies but this is likely to affect your use of the site 

Functionality 

These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience.  For example, they allow the website to remember selections such as language, currency, region or changes to text size and to remember you on return visits.  They may also be used, for example, to remember the point you have reached in a survey so that you can return to it later.  

By choosing an option such as remember me, text size or participating in a survey or similar services that necessitate the use of a cookie, you will be indicating your consent to that cookie.   

You may set your browser to reject these cookies but this is likely to affect your use of the site 

Activity logging - websites 

This cookie is essential to authorise your access to content and services that are not publicly available including paid-for content.  

If you are a registered user, trialist or subscriber, when you log on, this places a cookie on your machine. 

Once you are logged on, we monitor your activity on our websites, for example, which articles you read.  This is for the following purposes: 

  • We need to ensure compliance with your user license and adherence to our terms and conditions as part of your trial or subscription.  (Our terms and conditions are published on our websites and can be accessed by a link in the footer of each page)
  • For customer service purposes to provide users with a tailored service and to develop products and services reflecting our users’ needs

If you would prefer us not to use your activity log for customer service purposes, you can request that we anonymise it for these uses. This will affect our ability to understand your requirements and personalise your browsing experience in the future. 

Please note: If you are just browsing our sites without going through a log-in procedure, you will remain anonymous and we will not log your activity. 

    





Third party cookies:


Third party 

What it does 

Where to go for further information on these cookies including turning them off 

DoubleClick 

DoubleClick is a service provided by Google.  Its cookies are used to serve advertising relevant to users’ interests and measure the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns for our sites.   

  

http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/ 

Google Analytics 

Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps us to understand how our users engage with our websites and so allows us to better tailor our websites to our users’ needs. 

The tool uses a cookie in order to evaluate use of content and compile reports for us on activity on our websites and Apps. 

  

https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

If you would like further information or guidance on cookies, please contact us via the contact form.