Last update: August 01, 2015

IMPORTANT NOTICE: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE: This policy explains how cookies are used on this website. The policy may be modified from time to time. When we do, we will let you know by appropriate means, such as posting the revised policy on this page with a new “Last Updated” date. By using this site, you consent to the placement of cookies on your computer in accordance with the terms of this policy. If you do not wish to accept cookies from this site, please disable cookies or refrain from using this site.


A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the browser cookie file on your computer’s hard drive so that the website can recognize you when you visit again and remember certain information about you. This may include the pages you have visited, the choices you have made in the menus, any specific information you have entered in the forms, and the time and date of your visit.


There are two main types of cookies:

  • Session cookies: these are temporary cookies that expire at the end of the browser session, i.e. when you leave the site. Session cookies allow the website to recognize you as you navigate between pages during a single browsing session and allow you to use the website in the most efficient way. For example, session cookies allow a website to remember that a user has placed items in an online shopping cart.
  • Persistent cookies: unlike session cookies, persistent cookies are stored on your computer between browsing sessions until they expire or are deleted. They therefore allow the website to “recognize” you upon your return, remember your preferences and tailor services to you.
    In addition to session cookies and persistent cookies, there may be other cookies set by the website you have chosen to visit, such as this website, to provide information to us or to third parties.


We currently use, and may use in the future, the following types of cookies on this website.

We use session cookies to:

  • help us maintain security and verify your data as you use the website when navigating from one page to another, allowing you to avoid having to re-enter your data each time you enter a new page.

We use persistent cookies to:

  • help us recognize you as a unique user when you return to our website, so that you don’t have to enter your details multiple times when you go through our pages or services
  • remember how you have personalized your use of this site, such as your preferred currency and time zone
  • collect and compile anonymous and aggregated information for statistical and evaluation purposes to help us understand how users use the website and to help us improve the structure of our website.

Many cookies are designed to provide you with optimal use of the website. For example, we use cookies to enable you to enhance your user experience when using our website, such as a cookie that recognizes whether your browser supports specific technology features. This helps, for example, web pages to load faster when a large file download is requested.

In addition to cookies that send us information, we also use cookies that collect information and send it to third parties. An example of this is Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics to help collect and compile information such as the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they have visited. Visit Google’s site for an overview of privacy at Google and information on how to opt out of the Google Analytics cookie. Where this site permits the setting of such cookies or you access other websites from this site using the links provided, the operators of these websites will use cookies in accordance with their own cookie policy, which may differ from ours.

As with first-party cookies, you can block third-party cookies through your browser settings.

Some of our cookies may collect and store your personal information, such as your name or e-mail address. We are committed to respecting and protecting your privacy and will ensure that any personal information we collect is retained and treated in accordance with our privacy policy. The link to this policy is available in the footer of this portal or on our website


Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. However, you have the ability to disable cookies if you wish, usually by changing the browsing settings of your Internet software. It is also possible to configure your browser settings to allow the acceptance of certain cookies or to notify you each time a new cookie is to be stored on your computer, allowing you to decide whether to accept or reject it. To manage the use of cookies there are several resources at your disposal, for example, the “Help” section of your browser can help you. You can also disable or delete stored data used by cookie-like technologies, such as Local Shared Objects or Flash cookies, by managing your browser’s “plug-in settings” or by visiting the website of their manufacturer. As our cookies enable you to access some of the features of our website, we recommend that you leave cookies enabled. Otherwise, disabling cookies may reduce the functionality or prevent the use of this site.