Effective date: July 26, 2021
What is a “Cookie”?
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 may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
What Cookies do we use and why?
Strictly Necessary: These are all the cookies without which the website could not perform basic functions. They may be set automatically when pages load, or as a result of a user request that cannot be fulfilled without the use of the cookie. Generally, these are session cookies that expire on closing the browser but not always. These cookies are:
Cookie Name: allowed-cookies
Purpose: This cookie returns a value of “True” or “False” depending on the response to our cookie banner by a user on our website. A return value of “false” prevents any cookie from being placed on the user’s web browser.
Performance: These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. These cookies are:
Cookie Name: _gat
Purpose: This cookie is used to throttle the request rate, limiting data collection on high-traffic sites.
Cookie Name: _gid
Purpose: This cookie stores and updates a unique value for each page visited.
Cookie Name: _ga
Purpose: This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for our websites’ analytics reports.
Targeting/Advertising: These cookies are used to deliver advertisements more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website, and this information is shared with other organizations such as advertisers. Quite often, targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organization. These cookies are:
Cookie Name: _fbp
Purpose: This cookie helps in delivering advertisements to website visitors when they are on Facebook or a digital platform powered by Facebook Advertising.
Who do we share cookie information with?
This site uses Google Analytics, one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web, for helping us understand how you use the site and ways to improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.
For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page about cookies, linked below.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:
- https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647 (Chrome);
- https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);
- https://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);
- https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari)
- https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).
We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work, the following social media sites, including; Facebook, Twitter, may set cookies through our site, which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
- Google Analytics Cookie Usage and Policy
Revoke Cookie Consent
Please note that if you revoke your consent for us to process cookies, our cookie banner pop-up will be displayed on our website again the next time you visit. The banner provides you the option to re-enable cookie consent at any time by clicking “Accept” on the banner pop-up.