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We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical or performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
Cookies used on this website
|High Availablity – Website Load Balancer
Created, updated and used exclusively by the Load Balancers to associate a browser session with a particular web server in the cluster. Contains an internal identifier of the server handling the user. There is absolutely no identifiable information. Blocking this cookie will have no effect on anonymous users, but helps maintain cache consistency when an editor is logged into the site.
|Matomo (Piwik) by default uses 1st party cookies, set on the domain of your website to track visitors. Cookies created by Matomo start with:
_pk_id – 13 months (used to store a few details about the user such as the unique visitor ID)
_pk_ref – 6 months (used to store the attribution information, the referrer initially used to visit the website)
_pk_hsr – 30 minutes (short lived cookies used to temporarily store data for the visit)
_pk_testcookie is created and should be then directly deleted (used to check whether the visitor’s browser supports cookies)
mtm_consent is created with no expiry date to forever remember that consent was given by the user.
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.