Cookies and Information About our Website’s Visitors
What is a Cookie
A web cookie is a very small text file that is placed on your computer hard drive by lots of the websites that you visit to make the interaction between user and website smoother, faster and easier. They are designed to improve your user experience by remembering sites that you have visited before, to ensure that the content you see is relevant to you, and to remember your user preferences and registration details when you visit the website again. For virtually all modern websites to work properly they need to collect certain basic information from their users, and to do this, they create harmless files known as ‘cookies’.
How they work
Firstly, for reassurance, cookies are not computer programs and as such they can’t read information stored on your hard drive, and neither can they disseminate viruses or get your email address.
Cookies only contain and transfer coded information to the website that you have already disclosed to the website. They do not store sensitive or personal information such as your name or address, but instead the coded information gathered from them is used to perform tasks such as remembering user preferences, whilst your personal details are protected.
Cookies are specific to the computer being used, so if you log on to a website from another computer, it is the cookie settings on that computer that will apply.
Different types of cookies
Cookies are either:
• Session cookies: these are used by the server to store information about user page activities during a web session and are automatically deleted when the browser is closed. By default, web pages don’t have any ‘memory’, and it is cookies that tell the server what pages to be shown to the user, rather than the user having to remember or start navigating the site all over again. Session cookies do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
• Persistent or tracking cookies: a persistent or tracking cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there until they are deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. Many websites allow users to customise how information is presented through site layouts or themes, making the site easier to navigate, as well as allowing the user to leave a part of their “personality” at the site.
Disabling cookies from a web browser
It is possible to set your web browser to delete all stored cookies on your computer and also disable your web browser from accepting any future specific cookies that are presented to your computer. However, you must remember that if you prevent the computer from accepting cookies, it will not be possible for you to use websites effectively. If you still wish to restrict or block cookies, you can do this through your web browser privacy settings.
By continuing to use our site, you agree to the placement of cookies on your device. If you choose not to receive our cookies, it will not be possible to use this site effectively.
By navigating around our website, we assume that you acknowledge you are happy with cookies being set by us to improve your experience.