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Cookie Policy

Cookies are text files sent to your computer and used by your web browser to store information. The cookies we use allow your browser to remember whether you've visited our site before and what your preferences are.

As with most websites we use cookies to improve your user experience by enabling our website to 'remember you', either for the duration of your visit (using a 'session cookie') or for repeat visits (using a 'persistent cookie'). There are also use two different types of cookies - first party (which we own) and third party (where we allow a third party, such as Google, to set cookies on your computer or mobile device).

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn't use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site - for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won't recognise you and it won't be able to keep you logged in.

How to refuse or withdraw consent

Although the cookies we use on this website are quite harmless and do not reveal your identity, not everyone wishes to have text files downloaded onto their computer or mobile device. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functionality on this website.

You can manage how cookies engage with your computer or mobile device via your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Android), so you are alerted when cookies are sent or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies which have already been set.

There is also a very useful website explaining how to control your interaction with cookies - please visit this site for more information:

About Cookies

The BBC website also has a clear and comprehensive section explaining what they do and how they work. Please be aware that this section is aimed at users of their website, which employs more cookies than our own.

BBC Cookies

The cookies used on this website can be categorized as follows:

Required - necessary for site functionality and cannot be disabled
Performance and tracking - These cookies can be disabled

Required Cookies

 NAME EXPIRES
PURPOSE
VID{0} - siteID  Usually is set to one year, but in some places the expiration date for this cookie is not set, and it this case it will last for a duration of a session (30 minutes)  EntityID cookie - identifies logged in users in SecureZones. 
VSV{0} - siteID  Usually is set to one year, but in some places the expiration date for this cookie is not set, and it this case it will last for a duration of a session (30 minutes)  It is used in conjunction with the VID cookie to keep track of logged in entity. It helps to identify the secure zone where the entity is logged in. (It is actually the ASP.NET_SessionId associated to a logged in entity (VID) for a secure zone) 
SelectedRateKey  Default session timeout (30 minutes)  It holds the selected shipping options for some shipping providers. 
CartID  Default session timeout (30 minutes)  Keeps track of current shopping cart 
ASP.NET_SessionId  Default session timeout (30 minutes)  System session cookie 
CHANNEL_AFFILIATE  It is not seen by the user (it is set in a page which makes a redirect to another page were it is removed)  Used for affiliate programs. 
FBKEY Default session timeout (30 minutes) Used for login into secure zones with Facebook account
FBRURL Default session timeout (30 minutes) Used for login into secure zones with Facebook account. Return URL from FB

 

Performance and Tracking Cookies

NAME EXPIRES
PURPOSE
CHANNEL_CAMPAIGN  It is not seen by the user (it is set in a page which makes a redirect to another page were it is removed)  Used for analyzing clicks in emails.
VISID{0} - siteId  30 minutes  This track visit session identifier which is used to aggregate page usages. It is actually used in all front end pages 
ANONID{0} - siteId  30 minutes  Usually is used in conjunction with VISID cookie for the same purpose 
ANONID_FS{0} -siteId  30 minutes  ANONID_FS hold only the creation date of the ANONID cookie. 
visitorDeviceClass   N.A Identifies if the visitor uses a tablet/iPhone/Desktop to display the dedicated layout of the site 

   Yes