What are cookies? And why can't millennial marketers resist making jokes about them? We will answer the first question.
A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the site again, the cookie allows that site to recognise your browser. Cookies may store user preferences and other information.
We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as "essential" or "strictly necessary" cookies.
Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our website visitors to enhance the experience on our Websites. For example, we keep track of the pages you visit, in order to determine what portion of our website is is the most popular or most used.
We use this data to improve the website and make the content as relevant as possible for visitors.
We also use a number of third parties to serve cookies through our Websites for advertising, analytics and other purposes. These are described in more detail in the table below.
What cookies are used on this website?
There are specific types of first and third party cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform which you can see in the table below.
- Essential website cookies: These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Websites.
- Performance and functionality cookies: These cookies are used to enhance the performance and functionality of our Websites but are non-essential to their use. However, without these cookies, certain functionality may become unavailable.
- Analytics and customisation cookies: These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our Websites are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customise our Websites for you.
- Advertising cookies: These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you. They perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensuring that ads are properly displayed for advertisers, and in some cases selecting advertisements that are based on your interests.
- Social networking cookies: These cookies are used to enable you to share pages and content that you find interesting on our Website through third party social networking and other websites. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes too.
Here is a list of all the cookies we currently use on our website:
|__cfduid||Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.|
|__cfruid||This cookie is part of the services provided by Cloudflare - including load-balancing, deliverance of website content and serving DNS connection for website operators|
|rc::a, rc::b, rc::c||This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots|
|lang||For ads.linkedin.com - remembers the user's selected language version of a website|
|_ga, _ga_#||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website, the number of times a user has visited the website as the dates for the first and most recent visit.|
|messagesUtk||Stores a unique ID string for each chat-box session. This allows the website-support to see previous issues and reconnect with the previous supporter.|
|personalization_id||This cookie is set by Twitter - The cookie allows the visitor to share content from the website onto their own Twitter profile|
|bcookie, bscookie||Used by LinkedIn for tracking the use of embedded services|
|IDE||Used by Google to register and report website users's actions after viewing or clicking on the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.|
How can I reject or opt out of receiving cookies?
If you want to reject cookies we use from this website you will need to delete the cookies from your browser.
Most browsers also allow you to prevent all or some cookies being stored on your machine in the future. For more information on how to delete or disable cookies from your browser please use the “help” function within your browser or alternatively visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
Please be aware that disabling cookies may impact the functionality of this website.
Please note that we can’t always control third party cookies stored on your machine from our website and where this is the case you will need to visit the relevant third party’s website directly to manage cookies stored on your machine by them.
Third party cookies:
Some of the cookies described in the “What Cookies are used on this Website” section above are stored on your machine by third parties when you use our website. We have no control over these cookies or how the third parties use them. They are used to allow that third party to provide a service to us, for example analytics.
If you want to know more about how cookies work and how to manage or delete them, visit the World Wide Web Consortium’s website.
We may update this policy from time to time so you may want to check it each time you visit our website. We last updated this policy on 6th February 2020.