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Cookie Policy

1. What are cookies?

Cookies are text files with small pieces of data that are used to identify your computer or device as you use a computer network. Specific cookies known as HTTP cookies are used to identify specific users and improve your web browsing experience.

When you connect to an online service, it will create data and store these in a cookie. These data are labelled with a unique ID to you and your mobile device or computer, so that the online service can serve you the right content.

2. Different types of cookies?

There is more than one kind of cookie.

  • Session cookies are only in use for as long as you're navigating a website. They are not stored outside the memory (RAM) of your device, which means that the cookies are deleted when your session ends. We use session cookies for many things, for example to understand how you are using our website so that we can offer a seamless experience.

  • Persistent cookies remain on a device much longer. Most persistent cookies are automatically removed when their expiration date is reached, but they can, in theory, remain indefinitely. These cookies are used for two main purposes:

    • Authentication. To track if you are logged in and under what name. These cookies also make the login process more streamlined, so you don't have to input your password every time you access our service.

    • Tracking. If you use our services over time, these cookies track these visits so that it's possible to better understand what you find engaging.

There is also a distinction between first-party cookies and third-party cookies. First-party cookies are issued by us onto your device. Third-party cookies are placed by our partners, although there are currently very few such cookies.

3. Other tracking technologies

Web beacons, software development kits (SKDs) and tracking URLs are also technologies have similar properties to cookies. They are generally used for understanding your interaction with our services. While they are not technically speaking cookies, we treat them as the same in this policy.

4. What we use cookies for

Simply explained, we use cookies to provide, secure and improve our online services. Since we don't currently run advertisements, we do not use cookies to track marketing campaigns and provide you with personalised ads. We want to remember your preferences, recognise you when you return to visit our website and make it easy for you to log into our services, to mention our most important uses of cookies.

Some of the cookies below may be set onto your device when you use our services:

  • Essential cookies. We actually can't provide our services to you without these cookies. They include letting you log in, remembering your preferences and detecting malicious activity that threaten your security. 

  • Analytics cookies. We use these to understand how you use our services, so that we can improve your user experience.

5. Control the use of cookies

If you don't want cookies to store information about your online interactions, there are several ways to do this.

Our tools

When you visit our website, you will be prompted to administer the cookie settings. To opt out, simply click Settings, and deselect the cookies you don't want to be placed on your device.

 

Browsers and devices 

Depending on the browser you are using, you can exercise control over cookie settings. To understand how, check the help menu of your browser. You can also manually delete cookies by going to Settings in most browsers. Most mobile devices too offer cookie management capabilities. Procedures will differ between phones, so check the instruction manual for your particular model.

Internet-based ad tools

While this is not really relevant to our services, some advertising agencies are part of programs that allow you to deny personalised ads provided by them. Opting out doesn't mean that you won't see any ads, just that they will not be tailored to your interests that these ad companies may have mapped from your interactions across multiple online platforms. Check out the Digital Advertising AllianceInteractive Digital Advertising Alliance and Appchoices for more information.

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