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Cookies

A cookie is a small data file that can be transferred by a web server onto your computer’s hard drive when you visit a website. The information stored in a cookie can be read by the web server and is used to allow a website to recognise your computer when you revisit a website or browse from page to page of a website. Only the web server that sent the cookie can read, and therefore use, that particular cookie. Cookies can help a website to arrange content to match users’ preferred interests more effectively and/or avoid the need for users to re-enter data when they revisit a website. Cookies are commonly used on the internet and do not harm your computer or computer files.

How do we use cookies on the Website?

We use cookies on the Website for our own internal purposes to track how users navigate through the Website in order to enable us to evaluate and improve the Website and our online services.

We use cookie-derived information to:

  • compile statistical data on the use of the Website which can be used to manage and plan enhancements to our services;
  • to facilitate users’ ability to navigate through the Website;
  • ascertain whether the Website is operating at an optimal level; and
  • personalise and improve the service we offer to you by understanding your preferences and establishing which areas of the Website are of most relevance to you.

We also use cookie technology to ensure that, where you have registered for any of our online services, we maintain your confidentiality and security as you move through secure or password protected areas of the Website. In addition, to evaluate the effectiveness of our advertisements and promotions on selected third party websites, we may (together with the third party agents who help manage our online advertising) use cookies to measure response rates to our advertisements and promotions. We do not use cookies to track your use of the Internet after leaving the Website, nor will we pass on any cookie-derived information to third parties other than as set out in this Cookies Statement. We may collate the statistical data compiled in respect of use of the Website with statistical data similarly compiled in respect of other websites operated by other companies in the ERS group in order to facilitate group-wide evaluation and improvements.

For further information on cookies visit: www.allaboutcookies.org