What are they?
In short a cookie is a small text file placed on your computer, tablet or phone or other device when you access the internet.
Why we use them
Session cookies are the temporary cookies which only exist when you're in a session on our website. These delete once the browser is closed. These are in place to help retain information and choice from the previous page. E.g when filling in multiple page forms, these cookies retain the information as you progress. Persistent cookies remain on your devise after your visit to our portals. When you login, we may have a remember me, or keep me logged in action tick box. This identifies you as a unique visitor but doesn't contain information that could reveal your identity.
Google DFP DoubleClick - this is another google product we use to display banners on our websites from advertising companies. More can be seen on the DFP site HERE>>
Google Translate - You may have seen this google product before. This allows the content of a website to be translated into any language for the user. This system is often automatically presented by your browser. If you engage with this tool, it may place a cookie on your device to offer the future translation services to you.
Sharethis - This is a system that allows social network sharing of content on our websites. This allows you to share our content with social systems like facebook or twitter, for example. More on sharethis>>
Addthis - This is a system that allows social network sharing of content on our websites. More information on this tool can be seen HERE>> these cookies remain on an un-cached browser for 12 months.
Bitly - we sometimes may use bitly to change a website URL or link to a shorter link which is then tracking enables. This tracks click data, and in some cases may collect ip address and other information from your browser. For more information please see the bitly privacy page.
YouTube - YouTube is a google owned product, and we sometimes use their hosting service for video and audio files. These will show in a window on our portals. In some cases a cookie will be on your browser from a past YouTube engagement, and this will then determine the next video that may automatically run when the video we have posted ends. We are not responsible for this decision. More on YouTube cookies>>
If you have any concerns about the cookies our websites maybe using you have the right to disable these. If you are based in the European Union you can visit youronlinechoices.eu and users based in the US can look at aboutads.info to opt out of these third party cookies and display advertising. Please note that the listed sites are not in the control of International Labmate Ltd, so we are not responsible for their content or operation.
Most browsers offer you self-management of the cookie settings. These settings can usually be found in the 'Settings', 'Options' or 'Preferences' menu of your browser. We suggest that google chrom is the best operating browser for our websites and the following links are to assist you in managing these cookies.