A cookie is a small amount of data stored on a computer that contains information about the internet pages that have been viewed from that computer.
They are commonplace on the internet and are used by websites to improve the user’s online experience by storing information about how the user navigated around and interacted with it. This information is then read by the website on the next occasion that the user visits.
Cookies are sent automatically by websites as they are viewed, but in order to protect a user’s privacy, a computer will only permit a website to access the cookies it has sent, and not the cookies sent by other sites. Furthermore, users can adjust the settings on their computer to restrict the number of cookies that it accepts, or notify them each time a cookie is sent. This should improve privacy and security but will generally meant that certain personalised services cannot be provided, and it may therefore prevent the user from taking full advantage of a website’s features.
For further information about cookies please visit www.aboutcookies.org
What sort of cookies do we use on our website?
We use two types of cookies: session cookies and stored cookies. Session cookies expire at the end of the user’s browser session and can also expire after the session has been inactive for a specified length or time, usually 20 minutes. Session cookies are stored in the computer’s memory and are automatically deleted from the user’s computer when the browser is closed. Stored cookies are stored on the user’s computer and are not deleted when the browser is closed. Stored cookies can retain user preferences for a particular website, allowing those preferences to be used in future browsing sessions.
Can I browse your website without receiving any cookies? Yes, if you have set your computer to reject cookies, you can still browse the website. However, certain functions may not be available to you unless you enable cookies.
How can I find and control cookies? You can usually adjust for yourself the number of cookies that your computer (or other device, such as a mobile phone) receives. How this is done, however, varies according to which device and what browser software you are using.
As a general rule, the more commonly used web browser software packages ten to have a drop-down menu entitled ‘Tools’. One of the options on this menu is usually ‘Options’ – and if this is selected, ‘Privacy’ is usually one of the settings that may be adjusted by the user. In the case of any device other than a PC (egg and mobile phone) you should always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Alternatively, you may wish to opt-out from only the cookies used by third-party companies (acting on our behalf) to measure the traffic to our site. This has the advantage of leaving other cookies in place, thereby minimising the loss of functionality associated with blocking all cookies.
You may find the following websites useful for information on how to change cookie settings in a range of commonly used browsers: www.aboutcookies.org