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We use the following cookies:
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- Analytical/performance cookies. They 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. We use Google Analytics.
- Functionality cookies. These can be 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, the email newsletters to which you have subscribed).
- 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. We use Smart AdServer. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Some of the advertisements that appear on our site may contain code from third parties. These third parties create cookies so that they can understand how many people have seen an advertisement across all the websites on which it appeared. We do not share any of our user information with third parties so the information they gather through these cookies is entirely anonymous and will be viewed at an aggregated rather than an individual level.
Social networks and sharing sites
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Managing your cookie settings
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