What are cookies?
A ‘cookie’ is a small piece of information/data created and sent by a web page server to be stored on your computer’s hard drive, so it can be read back later from a browser.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’, for example those used for website analytics) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’, for example when a YouTube video is embedded within a page).
We use first party cookies to record website usage. We use this data to help improve the usability of our websites.
We don’t sell the information collected by our first party cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies). Sometime though third party cookies may be set where other parties content is viewable on our websites and we do not see the information they contain.
We do not hold any personal data (such as your name, address or any other information which could identify you) in our cookies.
What do Cookies do?
Cookies can perform a number of functions:
- Essential Cookies are essential to the operation of the website. For example, some cookies allow the website to identify a registered user. If a registered opts to disable these cookies, the user may not be able to access their account information. This information is not used for advertising on other websites.
- Performance Cookies are used to analyse how visitors use the websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. This information is not used for advertising on other websites.
- Functionality Cookies allow a site to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site. We keep this information private and is not used for advertising on other websites.
By continuing to use this website you agree that we can place the cookies described above on your computer for the reasons described.
How to control cookies
You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.