Last updated: March 22nd 2018
A "cookie" is a piece of information that is stored on your computer's hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. 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 our site
A cookie stores information, temporarily on your computer to allow a system to identify whether you are currently logged in, for example. These are "session" cookies, which only stay accessible for the duration of your web browser being open. Our system stores a unique but random number - which changes every time you visit us. We use this to tie up with your user details when you are logged in. Without this type of cookie, no login system on the internet could work. We do not store usernames, passwords, payment details or any other personal details in the cookie. We also store an indication to confirm you have seen the "cookie popup" (otherwise you would see it on every page!). Finally, we make use of the very popular Google Analytics system. This is a summary reporting tool. No personal details are stored by Google's code. It stores details such as whether you are a repeat visitor and how you got to our site - i.e. did you come from a search engine or did you come directly to our site by typing in our domain name. No traceable information as to who you are is stored. Browser security means that no other website has access to the meaningless data stored, either by us or Google. By making use of our website, you agree to accept the non-essential cookies which help in your browsing experience, unless you set your browser to reject them. Based on current internet technologies, rejecting all cookies will prevent you from logging into our system.
Cookies are either:
- Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
- Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
- Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-parties cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, deliver advertisements on and through the Service etc.
Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.
You can learn more about cookies at the following third-party websites:
Network Advertising Initiative: http://www.networkadvertising.org/