Cookies

Information Collection

As a visitor, you do not have to submit any personal information in order to use the web site. The site collects only personally identifiable information that is specifically and voluntarily provided by visitors. Such information may consist of, but is not limited to, your name, current job title, company address, email address and telephone and fax numbers.

We do not usually seek sensitive information (e.g., data relating to race or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, criminal record, physical or mental health, or sexual orientation) from visitors. We will, if ever necessary, obtain visitors’ explicit consent to collect and use such information.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file written to a user’s hard drive that contains the User ID. The cookies do not contain any personal information about users. The use of cookies is now widespread. The reason we use cookies is to save our users time on the site (so that users do not have to log in with a password more than once). If a user sets up his browser to reject the cookie, he or she may still use the site although functionality will be impaired.

Cookies and Web Beacons

To ensure that our web site is well managed and to facilitate improved navigation within the site, we or our service provider(s) may use cookies (small text files stored in a user’s browser) or web beacons (electronic images that allow the web site to count visitors who have accessed a particular page and to access certain cookies) to collect aggregate data. We may use such devices to track information on our systems and identify categories of visitors by items such as IP address, domain, browser type and pages visited. This information is reported to our webmasters who use the information to analyse the number of visitors to different areas of the site and to make sure that our web site is serving as a useful, effective information source.

Neither cookies nor web beacons collect personal information such as your name or email address. Cookies can be rejected (see your Microsoft help file); however, under specific circumstances, visitors may be denied access to some parts of our site if their browsers reject cookies.

Cookies for Google analytics

We may collect information about your computer, including your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and in order to create reports. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

The cookies on our site are for Google Analytics. These are known as ‘performance cookies’. Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so that they can improve it.

Like many services, Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions as in our case, where they are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We then use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our site.

Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. These cookies are used to store information, such as the time that the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before and what site referred the visitor to the web page.

Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit our site – for more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page.

More about Performance cookies

‘Performance’ cookies collect information about how you use our website e.g. which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies don’t collect any information that could identify you – all the information collected is anonymous and is only used to help us improve how our website works, understand what interests our users and measure how effective our website is.

We use performance cookies to…

Provide statistics on how our website is used
Help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur
Test different designs of our website
Cookies we have defined as ‘Performance’ cookies will NOT be used to…

Gather information that could be used to advertise products or services to you on other websites
Remember your preferences or username beyond your current visit
Target adverts to you on any other website
In some cases, some of these cookies are managed for us by third parties, but we don’t allow the third party to use the cookies for any purpose other than those listed above.

Using our site indicates that you accept the use of ‘Performance’ cookies.

Disabling Cookies

All recent versions of popular browsers give users a level of control over cookies.

You can set your browser to accept or reject all, or certain, cookies. This is usually set through your privacy settings. You can also set yourbrowser to promptyou each time a cookie is offered. For further guidance on disabling cookies via your specific browser visit http://www.aboutcookies.org/.

Further reading on cookies
Useful information about cookies can be found at: http://www.allaboutcookies.org

A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry which can be found at: http://www.youronlinechoices.eu

Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website section: http://www.international-chamber.co.uk/our-expertise/digitaleconomy

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