What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer or mobile phone (referred to here as a “device”) browser from a website’s computer and is stored on your device’s hard drive. 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 websites. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to track online traffic flows.
On our site, cookies record information about your online preferences and visiting patterns and allow us to tailor our site to your interests. Users have the opportunity to set their devices to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised features cannot then be provided to that user and accordingly they may not be able to take full advantage of all of the website’s features. If you would prefer not to accept cookies it is possible to disable cookies by changing the web browser settings on your computer or mobile device. For more information on how to disable cookies please visit the Information Commissioners Office website at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/.
For more information on cookies please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies on our site
A list of the cookies used on our site is set out below:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Third party cookies on our site
Please note that during your visits to a website operated by us you may notice some cookies that are not related to us or our contractors or affiliates. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or other social networking sites, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.