IP ADDRESSES, COOKIES AND GIFS

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to Our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not show personal details that identify you.

For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies are small pieces of information sent by a web server to a web browser which allow the web server to recognise the web browser. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:

• To estimate our audience size and usage pattern.

• To store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests.

• To speed up your searches.

• To recognise you when you return to our site. 

You can control how your browser handles cookies received from websites. You can choose to refuse all cookies, or to be prompted before a cookie is saved to your hard drive, or to only accept cookies from certain websites that you designate. Information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at www.aboutcookies.org. By refusing to accept cookies from us, you may not be able to use some of the features and functionality available on our site.

Here is a list of the cookies on our site and what they are used for: 

Cookie Name

Purpose

Type of cookie

_utma

_utmb

_utmc

_utmz

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Google Analytics

_stid

A random unique identifier not tied to any personally identifiable information (PII).

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_uset

Set to ‘true’ to indicate when a user has accepted cookies so that we don’t repeat the task in the next 8 hours.

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We may use "clear GIFs” (aka "Web beacons” or "pixel tags”) or similar technologies, in our site and/or in our communications with you to enable us to know whether you have visited a web page or received a message. A clear GIF is typically a one-pixel, transparent image (although it can be a visible image as well), located on a web page or in an e-mail that communicates to us whether you viewed an email that we sent you or visited a certain page on our site. A clear GIF may enable us to relate your viewing or receipt of a web page or message to other information we hold about you.

Our server automatically collects data about your server’s internet address when you visit us. This information, known as an Internet Protocol address, or IP Address, is a number that’s automatically assigned to your computer by your internet service provider whenever you’re on the internet. When you request pages from our site, our servers may log your IP Address and sometimes your domain name. Our server may also record the referring page that linked you to us (eg another website or a search engine); the pages you visit on our site; the website you visit after our site; the ads you see and/or click on; other information about the type of web browser, computer, platform, related software and settings you are using; any search terms you have entered on our site or a referral site; and other web usage activity and data logged by our web servers. We use this information for internal system administration, to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our site. Such information may also be used to gather broad demographic information, such as country of origin and internet service provider. Any or all of activities with regard to our site usage information may be performed on our behalf by our services providers.