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Use of cookies

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

Cookie Purpose
Google Analytics 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.
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Google Advertising Our website tries to serve advertisements that are relevant to you by displaying Google AdSense interest-based advertisements. These are tailored by Google using cookies which will track your behaviour across the web, again using anonymous statistical rather than personally identifiable information. Third party advertisers may also use cookies, for such purposes of ensuring relevant advertisements are being displayed, to help prevent the same adverts being served twice to the same user, and to ensure that adverts are correctly sized and don’t detract from your experience of the site.
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