1. What is a ‘cookie’?
‘Cookies’ are small data files, used as unique identifiers. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. A cookie contains anonymous information and is sent from the server of the website you are viewing to your computer or mobile phone. It will be stored on your device and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.
Sent cookies may be sent back to the website’s servers with updated data as you browse the website. Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by an organization which is not the owner of the website you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
For example, they may be set by other websites which run content on the page you are viewing or by a third party analytics company.
The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from other website and these sites may also set their own cookies. A website might use a third party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising. These cookies may also be able to track your browsing across different sites.
There are two types of cookies, described below.
Session cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from your device when the browser is closed.
This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and is not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used to identify you from one browsing session to the next, for example, to store your preferences, so that they are remembered for the next visit.
(a) be strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features;
(b) enhance the functionality of our website by storing your preferences, for example. They record the choices that you’ve made (for example, your username or language selection) and allow us to provide a more personal experience;
(c) help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with better user experience.
Therefore, these cookies cannot be disabled independently and by continuing browsing on our website and using our online services you agree that we may place these cookies on your device. Our website also uses online behavioral advertising cookies to enable Academy Achievers to tailor advertising and make it more relevant to you, based on the areas you look at on our website and your IP address’ geolocation. These cookies are placed by third party advertising networks with our permission.
3. What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set.
The acceptance of the placement of cookies is voluntary. If you prefer, you may block some or all cookies, or delete cookies that have already been set. You can find full details of how to manage and/or opt-out from cookies on different types of the web browser on
- http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/block-enable-or-allow-cookies (for Internet Explorer)
- http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (for Mozilla/Firefox)
- https://support.google.com/chromeos/answer/95647?hl=en (for Chrome)
- http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/privacy/ (for Opera)
- http://support.apple.com/kb/ph5042 (for Safari) 3