What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.
Cookies can be categorised into two different types:
- Session cookies, which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your computer until you close your browser (at which point they are deleted).
- Persistent or stored cookies that remain on the cookie file of your computer for a defined period of time.
The cookies we use
The cookies we use on our website are either ‘Essential’ or ‘Performance’ Cookies:
Essential cookies enable you to move around the website and access its features, such as accessing secure areas of a website or displaying personalised content.
Performance cookies allow us to count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around the website when they are using it. All counting and tracking is completely anonymous and movements and activity are not traced back to an individual user. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
We also use Google Analytics to collect information about your online activity on the website, such as the web pages you visit, the links you click, and the searches you conduct on the website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. For more information about the information gathered using Google Analytics please visit http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html
Cookies cannot look into your computer and obtain information about you or your family or read any material kept on your hard drive and, unless you have logged onto an authenticated page, cookies cannot be used to identify who you are.
Cookies cannot be used by anyone else who has access to the computer to find out anything about you, other than the fact that someone using the computer has visited a certain website. Cookies do not in any way compromise the security of your computer.
Cookies will not be used to contact you for marketing purposes. Cookies may be used to record details of pages that have been visited on this website, however these are anonymous statistics and we do not track you as an individual user. This is to provide us with generic usage statistics to allow the company to improve this website and to provide you with information that may interest you.
|Cookie||Purpose||Data held||Type of cookie||Categorisation||Notes|
|_ga||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish users||Persistent, First-party cookie||Performance||Google Analytics sets an anonymous analytics cookie that we use to evaluate your use of the website, help us improve how our website works and understand what content interests our users. These cookies don’t collect any information that could identify you – all the information collected is anonymous.|
|_gid||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish users||Persistent, First-party cookie||Performance|
|_gat||Google Analytics||Used to throttle request rate||Persistent, First-party cookie||Performance|
|catAccCookies||Hides cookie message||Show/hide cookie message flag||Persistent, First-party cookie||Essential||Required to ensure the message about cookies is suppressed after the first view.|
How can you control the cookies we use?
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. You can usually activate these settings by clicking on the ‘Help’ menu in your browser. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of this website.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout