Cookies allow us to recognise and count your visits, and to see how you move around our websites while you are using them. This helps us to provide you with a good experience while you browse and to improve the way our websites work, for example by making sure you can find what you need.
Cookies are also set when you:
- Click on social networking buttons in our pages
- Watch videos
- Register for services
- Take part in surveys and other activities.
1. Third-party cookies
As well as the cookies we set, we may use third-party cookies and other similar technologies set by other websites when you visit them to help us to understand some simple information about the age, location and interests of the people who visit our sites. Third parties may use these technologies to collect or receive information from our website and elsewhere on the internet and use that information to provide measurement services and to target adverts.
We only ever use this information in aggregate, and we never use it in combination with any personal information that might identify you.
2. How to opt out of cookies
You can opt out of being tracked by cookies set by third parties by using the Google ad preferences page (opens in a new tab) or the opt-out tool (opens in a new tab).
You can also get more information from Google (opens in a new tab) or the Your Online Choices website (opens in a new tab).
You can opt out of tracking from all participating companies through the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance ‘Your Online Choices’ (opens in a new tab) site. In the UK, click on the ‘Your ad choices’ menu option (opens in a new tab).
For general information about cookies, and how to control and disable them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org (opens in a new tab).
3. Cookies we use on our sites by type
Across our websites we may make use of Flash files, which present information, allow integration with third parties (such as YouTube) and can offer a richer online experience. We have strived to identify any Flash elements that are likely to set cookies but, at this point in time, we cannot guarantee the status of every Flash file. Adobe offers a tool to monitor and remove Flash cookies.
We use web beacons (opens in a new tab) like Facebook Pixel to understand what users of our website do after clicking a link in an email that we’ve sent to a list of subscribers, or clicking on an advert we’ve placed on Facebook. This information helps us to improve the content we make, reach people who are interested in our work with our advertising and social activity, and measure how effective our advertising and newsletters are, without seeking to identify individual site visitors, newsletter subscribers or Facebook users.
The following table is a list of the cookies we use and why we use them.