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We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name, remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region) and enable logged-in users to maintain a session and remember table filters.
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
- Third party cookies/advertising cookies. These cookies allow us to know whether or not you have seen an advert or a type of advert and how long it is since you have seen it. We also use these cookies to help us use targeted advertising. Some of the advertisements you see on our website are provided by other organisations. Some of these organisations use their own anonymous cookies to track down how many people have seen a particular advert or to track how many people have seen it more than once. These companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy notices and we have no access to read or write these cookies.
You can normally block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. You can usually find the settings in the “Options” or “Preferences” menu of your browser.
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site. You can also visit the trade body representing these and advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initiative. They have provided a site where you can control all third party online advertising.