What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

How do we use cookies on the Website?

We use two types of cookies on the Website:

Session cookies – temporary cookies which remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the Website; and

Persistent cookies – which remain in the cookie file of your browser for a longer period of time (the duration of this period will depend on the ‘lifetime’ of the specific cookie).

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

 

 Cookie Name Purpose Further Information
       
Essential Session Management JSESSIONID
JROUTE
javax.faces.ClientToken
These are session cookies that are essential for you to use our site. They do not collect information. They store only a unique id and expire when you close your browser.  
Website cookie acceptance EIGCookiesAccepted This cookie is used to record if a user has accepted the use of cookies on this website.  
Google Analytics _utma
_utmb
_utmc
_utmv
_utmz
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google

 

Please note that our advertisers and other third parties may also use cookies, over which we have no control. For example, if you entered this Website from one of our affiliates’ sites, which may include price comparison sites, that affiliate may use a cookie to track your visit to this site and to let them know if that visit resulted in the purchase of a product or service, including details of the product and service purchased.

We suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

What is the nature of the cookie-derived information we collect?

When you visit the Website, our server will record your IP address, the date, time and duration of your visit and which areas of the Website you visit. Your IP address is an assigned number allocated to your browser when you log on to the internet which acts as the ‘address’ of your computer whilst you are online and enables web servers to locate and deliver content to you. It is usually allocated on a temporary basis, i.e. for the duration of your session online.

Cookie-derived information we collect is anonymous and represents a computer rather than a person. You cannot be personally identified from it and we use it solely on an anonymous, aggregated basis.

Can I decline to accept cookies?

You are not obliged to accept a cookie that we (or any other web server) send to you. Most browsers accept cookies automatically but you can modify the settings in your browser to turn off this feature. However, cookies are integral to some areas of the Website and to certain of our online services, so if you do choose not to accept cookies from us, you may not be able to utilise some areas of the Website and we may not be able to provide certain online services to you.

How do I modify my browser to turn off (“disable”) cookies?

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. To find out how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Use of Web Beacons

Some of our Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web Beacons (sometimes known as clear gif’s) that allow us to count users who have visited these pages. Web Beacons collect only limited information, which includes a cookie number, time and date of a page viewed and a description of the page on which the Web Beacon resides. We may also carry Web Beacons placed by third party advertisers. These Beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign.

Where can I find further information on cookies?

For further information on cookies, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org