A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as the navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website. Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie expires at the end of the user session when the browser is closed.
Third party and analytics cookies
When you use our website, you may be sent third party cookies. Our advertisers and/or service provider may send you cookies. They may use the information they may obtain from your use of their cookies:
a) to track your browser across multiple sites;
b) to build a profile of your web surfing; and
c) to target advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.
We publish Google AdSense interest-based advertisements on our website. These are are tailored by Google to reflect your interests. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the web using the DART cookie. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser using Google Ads reference Manager available at http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/
Cookies and personal information
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies
Many browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:
a) in Internet Explorer (version 9) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings – “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and “Advanced”
b) in Firefox (version 16) cookies can be blocked as follows “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy” and then selecting the “Use” custom settings for history from the drop down menu and removing the tick from the ‘Accept cookies from sites’; and
c) in Chrome (version 23) you can block all cookies from the ‘Customs and Control’ menu by clicking ‘Settings’, Show advanced settings’ and ‘Content settings’ and then selecting ‘Block sites from setting any data under the ‘Cookies heading’.
Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites. If you block cookies you may not see all features on a site.
You can also delete cookies stored in your computer. For example:
a) in Internet Explorer (version 9) you can manually delete cookie files by visiting http://support.microsoft.com/kb278835;
b) in Firefox (version 16) by clicking on “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy” and then “Show cookies” and then selecting “Remove all cookies; and
c) in Chrome (version 23) you can delete all cookies from the ‘Customs and Control’ menu by clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings”, “Clear browsing data” and then selecting “Delete cookies and other site plug in data” and then “Clear browsing data”.
This may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
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