PUBLISHED September 18, 2019
Cookies are small text files that are sent by a website to a web browser which contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive or other device. This enables the website to identify and track the web browser. They usually identify the computer used rather than the individual user, but some cookies may contain personal information. Cookies can, among other functions, enable a website to recognise a device each time it visits, remember user preferences and recommend relevant content. You can read more about cookies here: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
Different cookies do different things and some are essential to the operation of a website, whilst others are not. Cookies can be categorised in the following ways:
Strictly necessary cookies
These are cookies that are required for the operation of our site.
These are used to recognise you when you return to our site, enabling us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences.
These cookies record your visits to our site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our site more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information (in anonymised form) with third parties for this purpose.
Analytical/ performance cookies
These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our site and to see how visitors move around when using our site. This helps us to improve how it works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Cookies have varying expiration dates. How long they stay on your browser will depend on whether they are a session cookie or a persistent cookie (and how long they are set for):
- Session cookies are temporary cookies that expire and are automatically erased when you close your browser.
- Persistent cookies usually have an expiration date and so stay in your browser until they expire, or until you manually delete them.
THIRD PARTY COOKIES
We use both first party and third party cookies. Third parties cookies are cookies operated by providers of external services like web traffic analysis services. These cookies are placed by the relevant third party and we have no control over these cookies other than allowing them to be served.
THE COOKIES WE USE
Cookies which are strictly necessary to the operation of our site are dropped onto your browser as soon as you visit our site. Non-essential cookies (including analytical cookies) are not dropped onto your browser until you have consented.
This cookie tracks the source of traffic to our site so Google Analytics can tell us where visitors come from. (Session)
This cookie tracks the source of traffic to our site so Google Analytics can tell us where visitors come from. (1 day)
This cookie tracks the source of traffic to our site so Google Analytics can tell us where visitors come from. (24 months)
This cookie is to enable Google Maps to be embedded into the page. (6 months)
Most browsers automatically accept cookies. If you would like to amend your cookie preference for this website you can usually change your browser settings to limit or prevent cookies. You should use your browser’s ‘help’ function to learn more about how to do this. We have set out links to the opt-out pages of the most common browsers below:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
If you set your browser to not accept cookies, please note it may result in certain sections or features of our site not working properly and certain personalised services not being provided to you or users of your computer.
You can read about how to manage cookies at the following sites:
- http://youronlinechoices.eu/; and
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