What are cookies?
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Cookies we use
“Cookies” are used in some areas to make our website user-friendly and to customise it to fit your needs in an optimal way. “Cookies” are small text files stored locally on the hard drive of your computer. They are there to keep available information for retrieval at a later time in order to facilitate the use of our online services. When your visit is over and you close the browser you were using cookies are deleted automatically.
This website uses Google Analytics, a Google Inc. (“Google”) provided web analysis service. Google Analytics uses “cookies” – small text files stored on your hard drive to enable an analysis of your use of the website. Cookies-generated information concerning your use of the website is transmitted to and stored on one of Google’s servers in the US.
However, by activation of the IP anonymisation on this website, your IP address will be abbreviated beforehand by Google within Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases is the complete IP address transmitted to a Google server in the US and abbreviated there.
On behalf of this website’s operator, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile website activity reports and provide the website’s operator with further website and Internet-related services. The abbreviated IP address transmitted in the context of Google Analytics by your browser is not associated with any other data held by Google.
You may prevent the storage of cookies by adjusting your browser’s software settings; in this case, however, we must point out that you might not be able to access the full extent of all of the website’s features.
Additionally, you can prevent the cookie-generated data concerning your use of the website (including your abbreviated IP address) from being transferred and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl
We use Facebook pixel tags to track conversion from social media to our website. See more information on Facebook here.
We use a location cookie to find your current location providing you with personalised data from our “Find a Practice” section.
First party/third party cookies
Refers to the web domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time – the website displayed in the URL window. Third-party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and another entity sets the cookie through that website, this would be a third-party cookie.
These cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
These cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
A pixel tag is not technically a cookie but is a similar type of technology placed on a website or within the body of an email for the purpose of tracking activity on websites, or when emails are opened or accessed, and is often used in combination with cookies. Information collected is anonymous.
Approval or rejection of cookies
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Google Chrome: http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647