COOKIES NOTICE

A cookie is a small text file that is saved on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie, to develop a record of your online activity. Cookies on this site may be:

  • Automatically deleted after every visit (session cookies) or remaining in place during multiple visits (persistent cookies);
  • Delivered in a first-party (set by us) or third-party (set by another website) context.

On this website, we and third parties are using cookies for different purposes, including: facilitating your navigation, personalising content, tailoring advertising to your interests, and measuring site usage. Specifically, we use the following cookies:

  • ASP.NET_SessionId -General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Miscrosoft .NET based technologies. Usually used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.
  • _gid -This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
  • _gat_UA-59009844-14 -This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.
  • _ga -This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
  • __lc.visitor_id.nnnnnnn -This cookie name is associated with software provided by LiveChat Inc, which allows website owners to talk to visitors on their site. The root of the cookie name is __lc.visitor_id. followed by a unique seven digit number which is a visitor identifier. The cookie will allow the application to recognise a returning visitor to the website.
  • lc_window_state -This cookie name is associated with software provided by LiveChat Inc, which enables website owners to talk to visitors to their site. This cookie checks stores the open/closed state of the livechat window
  • __livechat_lastvisit -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • main_window_timestamp_0 -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • main_window_timestamp_2 -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • __livechat -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • 3rdparty -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • main_window_timestamp_1 -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • message_text -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • recent_window -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • notification[personal_invitation] -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • notification[status_ping] -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • main_window_timestamp -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • __lc_vv -This domain is owned by LiveChat Inc. a USA based company that provides online chat software to website owners, enabling them to engage in live text based conversations with their visitors.
  • lc_invitation_opened -This cookie tracks what user opened on the website
  • _fbp -Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers
  • visitor_id##### -This is a cookie pattern that appends a unique identifier for a website visitor, used for tracking purposes. The cookies in this domain have a lifespan of 10 years.
  • lang -This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. This sub-domain is connected with LinkedIn's marketing services that enable website owners to gain insight into types of users on their site based on LinkedIn profile data, to improve targetng.
  • IDE -This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange
  • id -This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange
  • datr -This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies. This cookie identifies the browser connecting to Facebook. It is not directly tied to individual Facebook the user. Facebook reports that it is used to help with security and suspicious login activity, especially around detection of bots trying to access the service. Facebook also say the behavioural profile associated with each datr cookie is deleted after 10 days. This cookie is also read via Like and other Facebook buttons and tags placed on many different websites.
  • fr -This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies. Contains browser and user unique ID combinaton, used for targeted advertising.
  • lu -This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies. Used to manage the login process, remembers user on return visit if they choose to stay logged in.
  • APISID -This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.
  • SSID -This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.
  • NID -This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.
  • SID -This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear. This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify a Google user account and most recent login time.
  • SAPISID -This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.
  • HSID -This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear. Used by Google in combination with SID to verify Google user account and most recent login time
  • lidc -This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
  • bcookie -This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
  • __utma -This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
  • __utmv -This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
  • LOGIN_INFO -YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
  • VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE -YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos
  • PREF -YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. This is a common Google cookie, used across several of their services. Stores user preference, can be used to personalise ads on google searches
  • GPS -YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
  • YSC -YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
  • BNES__fbp
  • autoinvite_callback
  • org_device
  • BNES__gat_UA-59009844-14
  • BNES_lc_window_state
  • BNES__gid
  • BNES_lc_sso9199415
  • BNI_persistence
  • BNES_ASP.NET_SessionId
  • BNES_autoinvite_callback
  • lc_sso9199415
  • autoinvite_callback
  • BNES_lc_invitation_opened
  • __lc2_cid
  • __lc_cst
  • __lc_cid
  • __lc2_cst
  • __cfduid
  • cf_use_ob

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