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What sort of cookies do we use?
Two types of cookies are used on our websites:
1. Session CookiesThese are temporary cookies, which last only for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. These enable us to identify that the same person is moving from page to page and help our websites remember what you chose on the previous page, thereby avoiding having to re-enter information. Without session cookies many user functions on our websites would not work.
2.Persistent CookiesThis 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 where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use this type of cookie to store your preferences, so that they are remembered for the next visit.
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