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Cookies explained

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a text file stored onto your computer’s hard drive by the website you are visiting. This text file normally is made up of the name of the domain, the length of time it will last and a randomly generated unique number.

What’s the point of cookies?

They improve your user experience by letting the website remember you for the duration of your visit (this is called a session cookie). Or for repeat visits (this is called a persistent cookie).

Your preferences will be stored and the website will become faster and easier to use. You'll also only have to log-in once - if needed - as the computer will remember who you are.

What cookies are used on our website?

Session cookies – the temporary cookie that remains in your browser until you leave our site.

Persistent cookies – a text file that stays in the cookie file of your browser for much longer, all depending on its ‘lifespan’.

Third party cookies – other sites’ cookies that track whether their advertisements are clicked on by our users.

OK uses cookies for these reasons:

● To avoid you having to re-enter information with us
● To keep you logged into the site
● To help us recognise you as a unique visitor
● To tailor content or advertisements to your preferred interests
● To avoid showing you the same advert
● To compile anonymous statistics to help us understand how our users use our site
● To remember preferences within the services across the site

Web beacons – we also use web beacons. These are clear images that allow us to count how many people have visited these pages. They collect information such as: cookie number, time/date of page view, description of the page. We may also use web beacons from third party advertisers which help us track how effective a campaign has been.

Disabling/enabling cookies

It’s up to you whether you use cookies or not. You can accept or decline cookies in your browser by:

1. In your browser, select the Tools menu.

2. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options.

3. A dialogue box appears, select the Privacy tab.

4. Select the level of privacy you wish to set.

5. Click Apply and Ok.

Just remember that you might lose some functions from the website by disabling your cookies.