A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer hard drive by a web page server. You will normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.
Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.
Session cookies – is used to store information about or change the setting for a user session It lasts only for the duration of your visit and is deleted when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies – are used by websites to provide targeted advertising based on the browsing history of the device. They last after you have closed your browser and allow a website to remember your actions and preferences.
First and Third-party cookies – Whether a cookie is a first or third-party cookie depends on which website the cookie comes from. First-party cookies are those set by or on behalf of the website visited. All other cookies are third-party cookies. We use both first-party and third-party cookies.
Strictly necessary cookies – are essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features. These cookies don’t gather information about you for the purposes of marketing.
Performance cookies – collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor although they may collect the IP address of the device used to access the site. All information these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how a website works, and the user experience and to optimise our advertising.
Functionality cookies – allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your username). The information these cookies collect is anonymised (i.e. it does not contain your name, address etc.) and they do not track your browsing activity across other websites.
Targeting cookies – collect several pieces of information about your browsing habits. They are usually placed by advertising networks. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as media publishers. These organisations do this in order to provide you with targeted adverts more relevant to you and your interests. This type of advertising is called online behavioural advertising and places an icon in the top right-hand corner of an advert. This icon when clicked will take you through to the website Your Online Choices where there is more help and guidance for you to Opt-out of this type of advertising. You can block these cookies using your browser settings.
You have the ability to control, accept and decline cookies, if you choose to decline cookies; you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of our site and any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies.
All recent versions of popular browsers give users a level of control over cookies. Users can set their browsers to accept or reject all, or certain, cookies. You should do this through the web browser settings for each web browser you use and, on each device, you use to access the Internet.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.allaboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wider variety of browsers.
To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.