What are cookies and web beacons?

This notice describes how we use tracking technologies (such as cookies and some others which are non-cookie based, like web beacons) on our digital platforms, what visitor information is automatically collected, and how you can accept or refuse the tracking technologies we use. Cookies are an example of a tracking technology. They are small text files that are placed on your computer when you visit a digital platform, which are then used as a means of identifying your computer for the purposes described below. Cookies set by the owner of a digital platform are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by other people are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable the third party to provide features or functionality on or through the digital platform (like analytics, advertising and videos). The parties that set these third party cookies can recognize your device both when it visits our digital platform, and when it visits certain other digital platforms. Web beacons are small graphic data (also known as ‘Pixel Tags’ or ‘Clear GIFs’), which can be included in our digital platforms and newsletters (including email) and are usually used in combination with cookies to identify your device or browser, and your online behavior. Web beacons will in particular not be used in case you objected to the use of the relevant cookie. Some of our websites and Services such as e-mail updates may contain electronic images called “web beacons” (sometimes known as one pixel GIFs, clear GIFs or pixel tags). Web beacons allow us to count visitors who have viewed content on websites or pages. In e-mail messages and newsletters, web beacons allow us to count how many subscribers have read them. They also allow us to develop statistical information about the activities and features that most interest you in order to provide more personalized content. We do not use web beacons to access your personal data without your consent. What information do your tracking technologies collect? Can I control whether you use them? We use tracking technologies to collect certain information about the devices that access (and therefore the visitors that use) our digital platforms. The below shows the types of information, and how you can control whether the information is collected:

Do you use Google analytics or other website analytics tools?

This touchpoint uses Google Analytics, an analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help the touchpoint analyze how users use the touchpoint. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the touchpoint (including your IP address) will be transmitted to Google in the USA. Next, no matter where the IP address originates from (Member States of the European Union, other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, or elsewhere) Google anonymizes the last octet of the IP address (for IPv4 addresses) or the last 80 bits (for IPv6 addresses) (a process known as “IP masking”). Google does this because we have activated its “anonymizeIP” system for all countries. Finally Google stores the anonymized data on servers in the USA. Google uses this information on our behalf for the purpose of evaluating your use of the touchpoint, compiling reports on website activity for us, and providing us with other services relating to touchpoint activity and internet usage. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data they hold.

You may prevent Google from collecting and using data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in here. Follow these links for further information concerning the terms and conditions of our use of Google analytics External reference, the information that Google provide on data privacy and security, and Google’s data privacy notice.

List of individual cookies is available here.

You may change your mind at any time by following the link to “Cookie Policy” from any page of the site. All personal data that is collected about you will be used as described in our Privacy Policy.