Cookies are small files that are often created when you visit a website, and which are stored in the cookie directory of your computer. A cookie often includes an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies do not damage your computer. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
You can decide if you want to accept cookies by changing the settings on your browser to either accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through Internet browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them
There are two types of cookie. Persistent cookies remain on your computer for a specified time, like 6 or 12 months. We use persistent cookies to collect website usage information for use as described above. These cookies contain no personal information and cannot be used to identify you.
Session-specific cookies are deleted when you leave the website. We use session cookies for the following purposes:
to hold the information given while using an interactive tool on the website
to hold your details when you are logged into the site
to hold your search criteria while you are doing a search of the website to collect website usage information for use as described above – website usage information cookies contain no personal information and cannot be used to identify you
These cookies collect information about how visitors use our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works.
“By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.”
Name: session cookie
What they do: This is needed for the website to run, it does not collect any information about the user.
Duration: expires at the end of use
Name: Google Analytics
What they do: Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast. Duration:
Utma – this expires after 2 years
Utmb – expires after 1 hour
Utmc – session cookie which expires at the end of use
Utmz – expires after 6 months
If you do not wish to accept cookies on to your machine you can disable them by adjusting the settings on your browser. However this will affect the functionality of the websites you visit. For more help on how to disable your cookies or delete them visit www.aboutcookies.org