What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files placed on your computer by websites. They provide useful information to companies, which helps in all sorts of ways. For you, it means you can use the site more efficiently and save time by not having to re-enter your details each time you visit. They also make sure you receive the most relevant information from us. For us, cookies help us to analyse how our customers interact with our sites so we can make improvements.
What’s the law?
Recently, the law on cookies has changed. Now sites that try to place performance, functionality, and targeting and advertising cookies need your permission for before they can place them onto your computer. To find out more about the law, click here.
We use three types of cookies on our websites
Strictly necessary cookies
Are essential to navigate around a website and use its features. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to use basic functions within the site.
Allow users to customise how a website looks for them: they can remember usernames, language preferences, and can be used to provide more personal services.
These collect anonymous data on how visitors use a website; they can’t track users, and are only used to improve how a website works.
Additionally, these cookies break down into two further sub-types.
Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for a set period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
Session cookies are temporary. They allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
Certain cookies are necessary in order for you to use our website. These are used ‘in-session’ each time you visit and then expire when you leave the site. They’re not stored on your computer and they don’t contain any personal data.
Here’s a list of our cookies and how we use them:
Session cookies (Essential)
These enable you to carry out some essential functions on our sites, such as running the software used in the site. They also help by minimising the need to transfer information across the internet. They are not stored on your computer and they expire when you terminate your browser session.
Google Analytics (Performance)
This is a web analytics service provided by Google enabling us to recognise repeat visitors to the site. By matching an anonymous, randomly generated identifier, we’re able to record specific browsing information such as how you arrive at the site, the pages you view, options you select, and the path you take through the site. By monitoring this information we’re able to make improvements to our sites. Google also reserve the rights to the data collected.
How do I turn cookies off?
You can accept or block cookies used on our site through your browser settings. For more information about how to disable cookies in your browser please visit the www.allaboutcookies.org website