What Are Cookies
Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to “remember” you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as “first party cookies”), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (“third party cookies”).
Both websites and HTML emails may also contain other tracking technologies such as “web beacons” or “pixels.” These are typically small transparent images that provide us with statistics, for similar purposes as cookies. They are often used in conjunction with cookies, though they are not stored on your computer in the same way. As a result, if you disable cookies, web beacons may still load, but their functionality will be restricted.
For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.
Controlling and Disabling Cookies
To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org.
The Cookies We Set
SOPEC sets form-related cookies. Form-related cookies are set as a user convenience when visitors submit information through a form, such as a contact page or application. Form-related cookies provide a user convenience by remembering user details for future form submissions.
SOPEC sets site-preference cookies. Site-preference cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location in order to provide users with their preferred settings when returning to this site.
Third Party Cookies
This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.
For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
From time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the site is delivered. When we are still testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst on the site whilst ensuring we understand which optimizations our users appreciate the most.
If you are not sure whether you need to enable cookies for a website feature, it is generally safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site.
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