MCD Cookie Policy

Cookies and other technologies

When you use our sites (including mobile sites), we and third party organisations may collect information by using ‘cookies’ and other technologies (for simplicity we refer to all such technologies as ‘cookies’). We also use these files to perform traffic statistics and to determine how you discovered our sites. For a list of the companies which use cookies and how they use them please access our Cookie Consent Tool. This is always available at the bottom footer of our site. By continuing to use this site you agree to us and third party organisations using cookies in line with your cookie settings. You can use the Cookie Consent Tool to change your preferences at any time. For information about how your personal information is used please see our Privacy Policy

What are cookies and how do they work?

Cookies are small pieces of text that are downloaded to your device (computer, tablet or mobile) when you visit a website. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website every time you visit the site again, so it can recognise you and can then tailor what you see on the screen. You can change your cookie settings at any time here.

What do we use cookies for?

The Cookie Consent Tool on our website tells you which companies use which type of cookies. We have summarised the cookie types into the following three categories:

1. To provide you with the service you have asked for (Essential cookies)
These are cookies that are essential for our website to work correctly. They may be required for system administration, to prevent fraudulent activity, to remember your cookie preference.

2. To analyse and improve your browsing experience (Analytics & Customisation cookies)

These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website for you in order to enhance your experience. We may work with third parties to perform these services for us, so these cookies may be set by a third party. For example we and third party organisations may use cookies to restrict the number of times you see the same advert or to show other adverts that may be more relevant to you.

3. To show adverts that are more relevant to your interests (Advertising cookies)
These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you and your interests. They also perform functions like preventing the same ad from continuously reappearing, ensuring that ads are properly displayed, and in some cases selecting advertisements that are based on your interests.

All cookies used on this website are detailed below:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

Category Cookie Lifespan
Google Tag Manager: This cookie is associated with sites using Google Tag Manager to load other scripts and code into a page. Where it is used it may be regarded as Strictly Necessary as without it, other scripts may not function correctly. _dc_gtm_


A few seconds

Analytics and Customization Cookies

Category Cookie Lifespan
Google Analytics: This cookie is for Google Analytics. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years. It helps us understand interactions with our website and areas we need to improve to create a better experience for you. _ga, _gid


1 day – 2 years

Targeting/Advertising Cookies


Category Cookie Lifespan
Twitter: These cookies are created by Twitter. They are present because a Twitter widget or button is being used on the website and to track a auth_token, twll, secure_session, guest_id, __utma, personalization_id, remember_checked, remember_checked_on, lang 1 year – 15 years
YouTube: Cookies associated with YouTube. YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites. Used for verify Google user account and most recent login time, tracking of video views, advertising targeting and personalising ads on google searches. SID, HSID, demographics, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, PREF, APISID, SSID, LOGIN_INFO, YSC, , SAPISID


6 months – 5 years
Facebook: Facebook uses cookies to manage social login and collect data on its users interests. Facebook uses this data to deliver behavioural targeted advertising. datr,  fr, lu


3 months – 1 year
Pinterest: Pinterest is a Social Content Sharing platform.


__utma, _pinterest_sess, __utmv, _pinterest_ct_rt Session – 39 years
Google: Google tracks users both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer’s adverts appear. This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify a Google user account and most recent login time. Remarketing enables the display of online advertisements about our products and services to individuals who have previously viewed one of our websites. The advertisements will relate to the site/page/article/product/event viewed. Remarketing may also be based on additional information such as interest or demographics (e.g. age range) held by Google. APISID, SSID, PREF, SID, SAPISID, HSID


1 year
DoubleClick: This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange id 1 year
Sizmek: This domain is owned by Sizmek (formerly DG MediaMind). Sizmek is an online advertising management platform. They provide multi-platform targeted advertising services. u2, OT2, OT_7217 3 months
Turn: Turn is an online advertising network that partners with data aggregators to help integrate third party data into audience segments. Data from advertisers and third parties is optimized and used to create behavioural, demographic and psychographic audience profiles for targeted ad delivery. Privacy Policy: uid 6 months
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