Last updated: 26th June 2018

This Cookie Statement explains how SIG plc [and its group companies] (collectively “SIG”, “we“, “us“, and “ours“) use cookies and similar technologies to recognise you when you visit our websites. It explains what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website.  Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.

Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, SIG) are called “first party cookies”.  Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”.  Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics).  The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.

Why do we use cookies?

We use first party [and third party] cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Websites to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Websites.   [Third parties serve cookies through our Websites for advertising, analytics and other purposes.]  This is described in more detail below.

The specific types of first and third-party cookies served through our Websites and the purposes they perform are described in the table below [(please note that the specific cookies served may vary depending on the specific Website you visit)]:

Cookie Name Cookie Type Expiry / Duration Purpose
_ga Third Party (Analytical cookies) 2 years Used to distinguish users
_gid Third Party (Analytical cookies) 24 hours Used to distinguish users
_gat Third Party (Analytical cookies) 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate
1P_JAR First Party (Analytical cookies) 1 week These cookies are used to collect website statistics and track conversion rates.
CONSENT Third Party Persistent 20 Years These cookies are used by Google for Cookie consent setting
PHPSESSID First Party (Session Cookie) The cookie will expire at the end of the session (when you close your browser). It is used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a session cookie. It helps maintain a logged-in status for a user between pages.
NID Third Party (Analytical cookies) 6 months These cookies are used by Google to store user preferences and information while viewing the pages with Google maps on them.
SSID, SID, HSID, NID, APISID, SAPISID Third Party (Analytical cookies) Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map. Various unique identifiers – Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users.
wfvt Third party expires at the end of your session This cookie contains information about your general geographic location (used to remember your time zone, for example).
wordfence_verifiedHuman Third party expires after 24 hours Cookie set by the Wordfence Security WordPress plugin to protect the site against malicious attacks.

What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?

SIG sites do not use web beacons (“tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”).

Do you use Flash cookies or Local Shared Objects?

SIG sites do not use Flash Cookies or Local Shared Objects.

Do you serve targeted advertising?

Third parties may serve cookies on your computer or mobile device to serve advertising through our Websites. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services that you may be interested in. They may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of advertisements. This can be accomplished by them using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to this and other sites in order to provide relevant advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. The information collected through this process does not enable us or them to identify your name, contact details or other personally identifying details unless you choose to provide these.

How can I control cookies?

You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies.

You can set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, you may still use our website though your access to some functionality and areas of our website may be restricted.   As the means by which you can refuse cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser-to-browser, you should visit your browser’s help menu for more information.

In addition, most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising.  If you would like to find out more information, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or http://www.youronlinechoices.com.

How often will you update this Cookie Statement?

We may update this Cookie Statement from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.  Please therefore re-visit this Cookie Statement regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies.

The date at the top of this Cookie Statement indicates when it was last updated.

Where can I get further information?

If you have any questions about our use of cookies or other technologies, please email us at [email protected].