Last updated: 1 October 2014
The information below summarises the different types of cookie we use on MDXS-sites, together with their respective purpose and duration (i.e. how long each cookie will remain on your device).
Some of the cookies will only be used if you use certain features, pages, or select certain preferences, and some cookies will always be used. You can find out more about each cookie by viewing our current cookie list. We update this list quarterly, so there may be additional cookies that aren’t yet listed.
Cookies are files or pieces of information that may be stored on your device (the computer, smartphone or tablet you use to access the Internet) when you visit a MDXS-site. A cookie will usually contain the name of the website from which the cookie has come from, the 'lifetime' of the cookie (i.e. how long it will remain on your device), and a value, which could be human readable or just a randomly generated unique string.
Yes, when you visit the MDXS-sites you may receive cookies from third party websites or domains. We endeavour to identify these cookies (on our cookie list) before they are used so that you can decide whether or not you wish to accept them. More information about these cookies may be available on the relevant third party's website.
Both 'session cookies' and 'persistent cookies' are used on MDXS-sites. Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain on your device until you leave the site. A persistent cookie remains on your device for much longer or until you manually delete it (how long the cookie remains on your device will depend on the duration or 'lifetime' of the specific cookie and your browser settings).
Some of the pages you visit may also collect information using 'web beacons' (also called 'page tags', 'pixel tags' or 'clear GIFs') that may be shared with third parties which directly support our promotional activities and website development. For example, website usage information about visitors to MDXS-sites may be shared with our third party advertising agency to better target Internet (banner) advertisements for our sites. Web beacons might be used in connection with cookies to gain more information on how people find, navigate, and use these sites.
Some of these cookies are necessary to make our MDXS-sites work correctly, as they enable you to move around our websites and use our features. Without these cookies, some site features cannot be used by you. Examples include remembering previous actions (e.g. text entered) when navigating back to a page in the same session; and cookies used to remember settings and preferences (e.g. language choice).
Other functional cookies may not be essential, but these functionality enhancing cookies allow MDXS-sites to remember the choices you make (such as your user name, or the region you are in) to provide a more personalised online experience. They can also enable visitors to engage with social media, blogs, or to use particular content (such as videos or interactive maps).
These cookies help us understand how visitors interact with our websites by providing information about the areas visited, the time spent on the website, and any issues encountered, such as error messages. This helps us improve the performance of our websites.
These cookies are used to deliver content that is more relevant to you and your interests. They may be used to deliver targeted advertising or to limit the number of times you see an advertisement. They also help us measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns on our MDXS-sites, on other websites, and on other media.
Most internet browsers are initially set up to automatically accept cookies. You can change the settings to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent to your device. There are a number of ways to manage cookies. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about how to adjust or modify your browser settings.
If you disable the cookies that we use, this may impact your experience while on the MDXS-sites. For example: you may not be able to visit certain areas of a website or you may not receive (personalised) information when you visit one of our sites.
If you use different devices to view and access the MDXS-sites (e.g. your computer, smartphone, tablet, etcetera) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.