What’s a cookie?
• A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and which records howyou move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored optionsbased on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and foradvertising and marketing purposes.
• Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allowsyou to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block allcookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
• 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 – they 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 youclose your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
• Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
– Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, theservices available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information aboutyou that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
– Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. Forexample, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are mostpopular.
– Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provideenhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to theservices you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video orcommenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.