Cookies

What is a cookie?

A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer that records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic as well as for advertising and marketing purposes.

Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system. Cookies are either:

Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser Рthey usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page, but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or

Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to monitor how you use our website so that we can make sure it’s meeting your needs and to give us an understanding of what we can change to make it better.

To do this, we use a tool called Google Analytics, which gathers information about the pages you visit, how long you remain on them, how you got to them (e.g. via a search) and what you click on when you’re on them.

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.

For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics web page.

Managing your Cookies

You have different options to manage the cookies on your computer or device.

You can change your browser settings to prevent cookies from being accepted, or, depending on which browser you are using, you might be able to receive an alert when a website is trying to place one on your browser. With most browsers you can allow first party cookies to be set but refuse third party cookies.

Blocking cookies

Your browsers ‘Help’ menu should tell you how to block cookies or change your cookie settings. How you adjust your browser will depend on the browser you are using.

Deleting cookies

You can delete cookies stored in your browser by using a function in your browser. Whilst this does not mean you won’t collect cookies in the future, it gives you freedom to delete your cookies after you have been online. This function is often known as ‘clearing cookies’.

Clearing cookies

Clearing your cookies on one browser of one device does not automatically clear them on another. You need to clear all browsers on all channels independently.

Helpful Information

You can find some helpful information about cookies here: www.aboutcookies.org