Cookie Policy

Cookies and Web Beacons

Like any other website, uses ‘cookies’. These cookies are used to store information including visitors’ preferences, and the pages on the website that the visitor accessed or visited. The information is used to optimize the users’ experience by customizing our web page content based on visitors’ browser type and/or other information.

About this Cookie policy

This Cookie policy explains what cookies are and how we use them. You should read this policy so you can understand what type of cookies we use, the information we collect using cookies and how that information is used. For further information on how we use, store and keep your personal data secure, see our Privacy policy.

This Policy also tells you what your rights are in relation to the personal data you give to us. If you have any questions about this Cookie policy please contact us:

What are cookies?

Cookies are little text files which are stored on the browser or hard drive of your computer or mobile device when you visit a webpage or application. Cookies work to make your experience browsing our site as smooth as possible and they remember your preferences, so you don’t have to insert your details again and again.

There are different types of cookies. Some cookies come directly from our website and others come from third parties which place cookies on our site.

Cookies can be stored for varying lengths of time on your browser or device. Session cookies are deleted from your computer or device when you close your browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer or device until deleted or until they reach their expiry date.

We have 3 varieties of cookies which operate on our website:

1. Strictly Necessary cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request of services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

2. Performance cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources, so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies, we will not know when you have visited our site.

3. Targeting cookies

These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners who may use them to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to enhance your browsing experience by:

  • Recognising when you login and what your preferred settings are
  • Giving you a browsing experience that is unique to you and to serve you content which we believe improves your experience on our site
  • Analysing how you use our site which helps us to troubleshoot any problems and to monitor our own performance

    Strictly necessary cookies

    The strictly necessary cookies allow you to navigate our site, display the correct page for the device you are using,

    To check the cookies set by WordPress, deactivate all the plugins on the website. This is because other plugins may also install cookies on a WordPress website. Or you can check with a fresh installation of WordPress.

    WordPress sets the following cookies:

    • wordpress_[hash]
    • wordpress_logged_in_[hash]
    • wordpress_test_cookie
    • wp-settings-{time}-[UID]

    These are the cookies that activate in the admin area of the website.

    WordPress uses the cookie wordpress_[hash] to store the authentication details on login. The authentication details include the username and double hashed copy of the password. However, this usage of the cookie is limited to the admin console area, the backend dashboard of the website.

    The cookie wordpress_logged_in_[hash] is used to indicate when you are logged in, and who you are. This cookie is maintained on the front-end of the website as well when logged in.

    Here [hash] represents the value that is obtained by applying a specific mathematical formula applied to the username and password. It is to ensure that the input values are safe, and no one can access these data using the cookies as it is difficult to ‘unhash’ the hashed data.

    The cookie wp-settings-{time}-[UID] is used to customize the view of your admin interface and the front-end of the website. The value represented by [UID] is the individual user ID of the user as given to them in the users’ database table.

    WordPress also sets a cookie named wordpress_test_cookie to check if the cookies are enabled on the browser to provide appropriate user experience to the users. This cookie is used on the front-end, even if you are not logged in.

    Apart from these, WordPress also uses:

    wp-saving-post: it lets the admins restore data for a post that is currently being edited if a saved version exists.

    wporg_logged_in, wporg_sec: it checks if the current visitor is a logged-in WordPress user. The expiration period of this cookie is 14 days if the user has consented to let the site remember the login credentials. Else, it acts as a session cookie.

    To opt out of these cookies you will need to change the settings on your browser by selecting your cookie preferences. If you choose to block these cookies our website may not work as it should and any preferences you have may be lost.

    Performance cookies

    These cookies are used to track visits to our site and help us measure traffic sources to improve performance. They are also used to optimise the website based on how many visitors navigate through the site. All information collected is anonymised. If you disable these cookies the site should function correctly, we simply won’t know that you visited the site.

    Google Analytics

    These are performance cookies used to track visits to our website and movement around the site. The data which is collected is anonymous and is used for benchmarking purposes to monitor the performance of our site and to measure user engagement. We share the anonymised Google Analytics data with selected third parties to assist us in understanding the effectiveness of our website and our marketing efforts.

    •  _gat_gtag_
    • _gat_gtag_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    • _gat
    •  _gid
    • _ga



    These are performance cookies which help us to ensure that content delivery on our site is in order and they ensure our servers are optimised so that the webpage loads as quickly as possible.

    • RT



    These are performance cookies which we use to observe user engagement on our site and to improve your experience. No personal data is obtained or processed.

    • _cs_id
    • _cs_s
    • _cs_c
    • _cs_same_site


    App Dynamics

    These are performance cookies which are used to collect web performance data.

    • ADRUM
    • ADRUM_BTa
    • _ADRUM_BT1#
    • ADRUM_BTs – Used for error tracking on the site



    The Optimizely cookies allow us to test different versions of website pages to different users at the same time. It also helps us to track how users navigate around our website. We use this information to test new features and make the website easier to use.

    • optimizelyDomainTestCookie
    • optimizelyPPID
    • optimizelyEndUserId
    • optimizelyRumLB



    The Mynewsdesk cookies determine language settings for anonymous users based on user IP address and can be used to save preferred language on the website.

    • origin_site
    • picked_site

Targeting cookies

These cookies are set through our advertising partners and are used to help present you with relevant advertising. No personal information is collected they instead rely on the cookies to identify your internet device and browser details. By disabling these cookies, you will not receive less advertising, just that the advertising you receive will be less targeted to your preferences.


These are targeting cookies which are used to give us a view on our marketing activities and used for our servers used for advertising. Their main purpose is for real-time bidding to display advertising to targeted audiences.

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  • uid
  • cid



These are targeting cookies which help us manage the technology and cookies which are used across our site.

We also use social media buttons on our site which allow you to share content and interact with your social network on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. These social media platforms may set their own cookies on your device. We do not control the settings of these cookies so we suggest you check the respective social media website for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

For our social media buttons to work, Pinterest and Olapic set cookies on our site which may be used to optimise any profile you may have on their site. You can change your preferences on Olapic site by clicking here: and you can change your preferences on Pinterest here:

  • analyticsid
  • _pinterest_ct_rt



These are targeting cookies which allow us to place advertising content onto Facebook that is relevant to you based on your browsing patterns on our website. This information is never connected to your profile and it is always anonymous.

You can read more and change your preferences on Facebook here:

You can control and opt-out of Facebook adverts and other third-party cookies here:

  • _fbp
  • fr



This is a targeting cookie which we use to observe user engagement on our site and to improve your experience. No personal data is obtained or processed.

  • _cs_id



These are targeting cookies used for market and audience segmentation and are used to make advertising seen on other sites more relevant.

  • d
  • mc


Google DoubleClick

These are targeting cookies which we use to help us track the effectiveness of our advertising. Google DoubleClick serves our adverts on other sites based on your browsing history from our website and also your engagement with them.

You can change your preferences about the adverts you see on Google by clicking here:

You can control and opt-out of Google adverts and other third-party cookies here:

  • test_cookie
  • IDE



There are several other targeting cookies used for market and audience segmentation and are used to make our advertising seen on other sites more relevant. These are:

  • bt3 – owned by Signal Inc.
  • btv3.dT9Y2Vu – owned by Signal Inc.
  • pi – owned by Bombora

How do you change cookie preferences or block cookies?

For the performance cookies and targeting cookies when starting a new session on our website, you can choose to opt-out of these. It is possible that any advertising you receive will be less targeted as a result, but the site should function correctly.

If you wish to disable the strictly necessary cookies, then within your browser you can choose whether you want to accept cookies or not. Different browsers make different controls available to you. Generally, your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete all cookies, third-party cookies or specific website cookies. Each browser’s website should contain instructions on how you can do this.

For further information please refer to:

If you block these cookies on our website, you may be unable to access certain areas of our website and certain functions and pages will not work in the usual way.

Changes to the Cookie policy

We may update this policy from time to time. If we make significant changes, we will let you know, but please do check regularly this policy to ensure you are aware of the most updated version.

This Cookie policy was last updated on 15 April 2020




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