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We use both ‘first-party cookies’ and ‘third-party cookies’. First-party cookies are set by us and we use them and the data that they gather and generate for our own purposes. Third-party cookies are set by other websites that are connected to our website, for example a social network whose share buttons we display (such as Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Twitter). These third parties can recognize your computer or device both when you visit our website and elsewhere on the internet.
We use first-party and third-party cookies for several reasons.
Finally, sometimes we allow third parties to drop cookies onto our website for other reasons, such as to advertise or gather information. We explain this more below.
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These cookies look at how you prefer to use our website, for example how you like to move about and which pages you find most enjoyable. Performance cookies record your preferences, which we can use to improve the performance of our website. These cookies only collect aggregated information and they don’t allow us to work out who you are or target you in any way. Not allowing these cookies prevents us from knowing you’ve visited our website. For example, some of the performance cookies we use are provided by Google Analytics.
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