A cookie is a small file, consisting of a string of information of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when a person accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a person’s device.
You can also restrict or block cookies, which are set during your use of the Website by changing your browser’s settings. Some features of the Website may not work if you completely disable cookies, but many types of cookies may be blocked without having an impact on the Website’s usability. We advise you to check the information in your browser’s help section for specific instructions on how to manage cookies.
For general information about cookies, see http://www.allaboutcookies.org/. Please note that this link is provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only and does not constitute an approval of any information or opinion by STS. We bear no responsibility of the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Please contact the external site for answers or questions regarding its content.
We collect information that does not qualify as personal data under applicable data protection legislation (“Personal Data”). The information collected is of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the operating system, the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each request to the Website.
Such information may be collected with the help of analytics tools. These technologies can tell us things like how a person arrived on the Website, if this person has visited the Website before, how long a person stays on the Website, and which pages this person visits.
There are broadly four reasons why a cookie might be stored on your device when visiting the Website:
These cookies are placed on your device either by us or by the third parties whose services we use as part of the Website.
Some cookies are retained in your browser for only as long as you visit the Website, while others persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
We use several types of cookies. Some are essential, while others you can disable or block. Disabling or blocking some cookies may affect the functionality of the online products and/or services, and of the Website.
The below explanations should help you to make informed choices about the information you provide to us and any third parties when you visit the Website.
These are cookies that collect information about how visitors use our Website which allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see where our visitors have come from and how visitors move around our Website when they are using it.
We use the following analytical / performance cookies:
|Cookie Name||Cookie Purpose||More Information (Session or Persistent)|
|Google Analytics||These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our Website. The cookies collect information; including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visit.||Third party cookies.|
|_ga||This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users.||Third party. Persistent, 2 years|
|_dc_gtm_UA-49117704-3||This cookie is associated with sites using Google Tag Manager to load other scripts and code into a page.||Third party. Persistent, 24 hours|
|_gali||Used to distinguish users||Third party. Persistent, 24 hours|
|_gat_UA-49117704-3||This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to.||Third party. Persistent, 24 hours|
|_gid||This cookie is associated with Google Analytics. It stores and updates a unique value for each page visited.||Third party. Persistent, 24 hours|