A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identity and track users as they navigate different pages on a website, and to identify users returning to a website.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
The cookies we use are “analytical” cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site 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. We use the cookies that are used and set by Google Analytics. You can find more information about these cookies and the purposes for which we use them by visiting Google. We do not store personally identifiable information such as credit card details in the cookies we create, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help improve your experience of the site.
- Recognise your computer when you visit our website
- To track you as you navigate our website
- To improve the website’s usability
- To analyse the use of our website
- To personalise our website for you
Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit:
Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after the periods that are set out in the table provided by Google Analytics which can be viewed by clicking on the above link.
For more information about cookies and how to stop cookies being installed or how to delete existing cookies from your hard drive visit the following website: www.allaboutcookies.org