What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
A visit to a page on our website may generate the following types of cookie:
Google Analytics cookie
These cookies are used to collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website.
Content management system cookie
This cookie is set by our content management system upon arrival to our website. It is not used for any purpose and is deleted when a user closes their browser.
This cookie is used to remember that you have seen our cookies notification.
How do I turn cookies off?
NOTE: Turning off cookies may hinder the performance of this website and some features may not work correctly.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.
You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information. Network Advertising Initative is a body that has provided a one-stop place that gathers all of the opt-out controls, which can be seen here. Please bear in mind that there are many more networks listed than we use on this site.
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the internet, you may find the following links useful:
The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around internet advertising.
For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful: