A cookie is a tiny text file that contains some information that may be passed back and forth between your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) and a computer running a website (typically the site that set the cookie).
It does not contain any code and cannot do anything. Most websites set them and many cannot function properly without them.
Typically they just contain an identifier so that the server knows that it has seen this visitor before.
This means, for example, that someone can log in to a website and stay logged in, they can set their preferences or not be repeatedly shown the same information.
Two major kinds of cookies are:
- First Party Cookies – set by the website which is showing in your browser’s address bar
- Third Party Cookies – these are set by other sites
Cookies also vary in their duration. “Session cookies” last only for the length of your visit, whilst others might last for days or months so that a site will recognise you next time you visit.
This website uses Google Analytics
Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.
The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting this website.
We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source.
If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this.
How To Manage Cookies
Our cookies don’t store personal information such as names and addresses, they simply enable our website to work properly and allow us to collect anonymous data about how our website is used so we can use it for continuous improvement.
However, if you would prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from this website or any other website, you can use your browser to do this. Each browser is different, so check the Help menu of your particular browser (or your mobile phones handset manual) to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.