Cookies and similar devices
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or other access devices by websites that you visit. Cookies are mainly used to make websites operate efficiently, and to store and recover information relating to a user’s and the user’s equipment’s browsing habits.
By continuing to use this Website we consider that you are agreeing to our placing cookies on your computer.
According to their purposes, there are five main types of cookies:
Technical cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of a website. They include, for example, cookies that enable users to log into secure areas of a website or to purchase goods online.
Analytical cookies. These cookies allow the tracking and analysis of users’ website performance. They allow website operators to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around a website when they are using it. This helps to improve the way a website works, for example, by ensuring that users find what they are looking for easily.
Customization cookies. These cookies allow the user to access the service with certain general features which are predefined according to a number of criteria in the user’s terminal (e.g. language, type of browser, regional settings). These are used to recognise a user when returning to a website. This enables website operators to personalise the content for a user, greet him by name and remember his preferences.
Advertising cookies: These cookies allow an efficient management of advertising included in a website, app or platform, according to criteria such as the content or the frequency in which the adverts are shown.
Behavioural advertising cookies. These cookies allow an efficient management of advertising included in a website app or platform, and store information about the users’ performance through the monitoring of their browsing habits. They record the visit to a website, the pages visited and the links followed by users. This information is used to make a website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to the users’ interests.
The below table sets out further information on the cookies we use.
|.NET Session Cookies||ASP.NET_SessionId||This session cookie is essential to allow you to move around the Website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the Website|
|Third parties cookies|
|ARRAffinity||This cookie ensures that each visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session|
|New Relic||1) NREUM||Cookies used by NewRelic company, which monitors site performance|
|Google Analytics||1) _ga||Distinguish the current domain, start and end of a session, traffic source, unique visitors, number and time of previous visit and value of visitor-level custom variables.|
|2) _utma||Determines first visit to the site from a particular browser.|
|3) _utmb||Used to establish and continue a user session with the site.|
|4) _utmc||Holds timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves the site.|
|5) _utmz||Records type of referral used by visitor to reach the site (such as direct, referring link, web site search, ad campaign, e-mail link) For more information on Google Analytics click on this link.|
|6) _utmv||Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.|
|7) _gat||According to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.|
|AddThis||di2||These cookies are used by Addthis.com which collects information to customize the AddThis Button to your usage patterns.|
|dt||For more information read Add This privacy|
Changing your Cookie settings
You can allow, block, disable or delete the cookies installed in your computer through the browsing settings on your computer. You can find information on changing the browser settings of the main internet browsers at the following links:
- Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies
- FireFox: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-cookies-remove-info-websites-stored
- Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647
- Safari: http://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/en-ww/cookies/
- Opera: http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/
However, if you block cookies, some of our Website features or services may not function properly or may not be fully available.