Cookie Policy

Last updated:

    Updated: 11/06/2012


    Information about our use of cookies

    Our websites use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our website.

    A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

    The cookies we use allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site 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. Our cookies also enable us to tailor the content you view according to preferences you set. You can find more information about the type of cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below:

    How we use Cookies on our Site and what Information we collect  

    Access control cookies

    These cookies to control access to paid for subscription pages

    Site functionality cookies 

    These cookies improve your browsing experience by allowing you to carry information across pages of our website and avoid having to re-enter them. They are also used to remember your preferences so that you see the information you have chosen to see and also help you to search the site more effectively.

    Usage tracking cookies

    These cookies monitor visitors and pages viewed to enable us to understand how you use our site and continually improve it for you.  This data is usually but not exclusively collected anonymously.

    Third Party Cookies

    Third parties serve cookies via this website. These are used for the following purposes:


    • To serve content on our site and track whether this content is clicked on by users.
    • To control how often you are shown particular content.
    • To count the number of anonymous users of our site.
    • For website usage analysis.

    Use of Web Beacons

    Some of the pages on our website may contain electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes known as clear gifs) that allow us to count users who have visited these pages. Web beacons collect only limited information which includes a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the Web beacon resides. We may also carry web beacons placed by a third party. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign.

    Disabling/Enabling Cookies

    You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use parts of our site if cookies are disabled. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our websites. 

    [Please note that our advertisers may also use cookies, over which we have no control.]

    For information about cookies in general please refer to