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Cookie Policy

What are cookies

As is common practice with almost all professional websites, this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the site’s functionality.

How we use cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately, in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not, in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

Disabling cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit.

The cookies we set

This site offers newsletter subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.

From time to time, we offer user surveys and questionnaires to provide you with interesting insights, helpful tools, or to understand our user base more accurately. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a survey or to provide you with accurate results after you change pages.

When you submit data through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

Third party cookies

In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

  • Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
  • You can opt-out from Google Analytics’ tracking here: currently available opt-outs.
  • Google AdWords conversion tracking:

  • YouTube player cookie policy:

It is important for us to understand statistics about how many of the visitors to our site browse our website and as such this is the kind of data that these cookies will track.

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

More information

If there is something that you aren’t sure whether you need or not, it’s usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site. However, if you are still looking for more information, you can contact us through

Strictly Necessary cookies

Cookie Key Domain Path Cookie type Expiration Description
_abck / Third-party 12 months 4 days This cookie is used to analyse traffic to determine if it is automated traffic generated by IT systems or a human user.

Performance cookie

Cookie Key Domain Path Cookie type Expiration Description
_ga / First-party 2 years This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identified. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.
_gid / First-party 1 day This cookie is set by Google Analytics. It stores and update a unique value for each page visited and is used to count and track pageviews.
_gat / First-party 55 seconds The cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.


Targeting cookies

Cookie Key Domain Path Cookie type Expiration Description
_gat_gtag_UA_166103267_1 / First-party 54 seconds This cookie is part of Google Analytics and is used to limit requests (throttle request rate).


Functionality cookies

Cookie Key Domain Path Cookie type Expiration Description
Bm_sz / Third-party 3 hours 59 minutes A functionality cookie placed by Mailchimp to manage and control list.


Unclassified cookies

Cookie Key Domain Path Cookie type Expiration Description
Adsight1 /articleads.css First-party 1 month 29 days
Adsight /articleads.css First-party 1 month 29 days