Cookie policy

1) Cookies and similar technologies

A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer or electronic device when you access our website. Similar technologies include web beacons, action tags, local shared objects (‘flash cookies’) and single-pixel gifs. Such technologies can be used to track users’ actions and activities, and to store information about them. We use these cookies and/or similar technologies on this website for the following purposes: We use Google’s analytics service (Google Analytics) to record site traffic. Google use these cookies to collect anonymous data, which we can then evaluate using their reporting tools. 

2) Information collected

The information we obtain from our use of cookies will not usually contain your personal data. While we may obtain information about your computer or any other electronic device which you use to access our website, such as your IP address, your browser and/or other internet log information, this information will not usually identify you personally.

In certain circumstances we may also collect personal information about you but only where you voluntarily provide it (e.g by completing an online form) or where you purchase goods or services from us.

3) Consent for cookies

In most cases we will need your consent in order to use cookies on this website. The exception is where the cookie is essential in order for us to provide you with a service you have requested, or essential to the inherent functionality of the website (e.g to enable you to store items in a shopping basket and/or to use our check-out process).

4) Third-party cookies

We work with third party suppliers who may also set cookies on our website. These cookies and their third party owners, are included in the table below. These third party suppliers are responsible for the cookies they set on our site. If you want further information please go to the website for the relevant third party.

5) Cookies and similar technologies used on this website

The following cookies/similar technologies are used on this website:Strictly Necessary Cookies

Cookie name Provider Purpose description Expiry
_id_current_language Saves the user’s preferred language on the website. Session

Statistical Cookies

Cookie name Provider Purpose description Expiry
_at.hist.# Used by the social sharing platorm AddThs to store the user’s usage history of the AddThis sharing widget Persistent
_ga Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website 2 years
_gat Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate Session
_gid Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website Session

Marketing Cookies

Cookie name Provider Purpose description Expiry
_atuvc Updates the counter of a website’s social sharing feature 1 year
_atuvs Ensures that the updates counter is displayed to the user if a page is shared with the social sharing service, AddThis Session
_gads Used to register what adds have been displayed to the user 2 years
_at_cww Used by social sharing platform AddThis Persistent
At-rand Used by the social sharing platform AddThis Persistent
bt2 Used by the social sharing platform AddThis to keep a record of parts of the site that have been visited in order to recommend other parts of the site 255 days
collect Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels Session
di2 unclassified 1 year
GoogleAdServingTest Used to register what ads have been displayed to the user Session
IDE Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after view or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user 1 year
loc Geolocation, which is used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level) 1 year
pcs/activeview pcs/activeview Unclassified Session
r/collect Unclassified Session
Test_cookie Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies Session
uid Creates a unique, machine generated user ID. AddThis, which is owned by Clearspring Technologies, uses the user ID to make it possible for the user to share content across social networks and provide detailed statistics to various providers. 1 year
uvc Detects how often the social sharing service, AddThis, encounters the same user 1 year
vc Used by the social sharing platform AddThis 1 yearVISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos 8 months
xtc Registers the user’s sharing of content via social media 1 year

Unclassified Cookies

Cookie name Provider Purpose description Expiry
_atrfs Unclassified Session
SL_C_23361dd035530_KEY Unclassified 2 years
SL_L_23361dd035530_KEY Unclassified Persisent
smartlookCookie Unclassified Session
UUID#[abcdef0123456789]{53} Unclassified Session

6) How to turn off cookies

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the websites below tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, some of our website features may not function as a result.

The All About Cookies website is a free resource for marketers and consumers which explains what cookies are and how they are used.
For further information on cookies generally visit or the Information Commissioner’s webpage on cookies