What are Cookies?A "cookie" is a small text file which is stored on the user's hard drive or mobile device. Cookies perform a number of functions associated with browsing websites and are used for a variety of different purposes, such as tracing users from page to page on an internet site, thereby enhancing a user's browsing experience. They are generated by web servers when the user enters an internet page and are passed to the user's computer or mobile device and may be stored for subsequent future access.
Cookies we use on our websiteThis website uses Google “analytics” cookies (as many others do) to collect information such as how many times the page is visited, how many new visitors are attracted to the website and how visitors use our website. This information is only collected by us in aggregate which means that although we know how many people have visited our website we do not know who they are and do not hold personal information on visitors. The name, purpose and duration of the cookies used on this website are detailed below. Session cookies are only active whilst you are using our website:
|"_ga":||Used to send data to Google Analytics to register a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how visitors use the website.||2 years|
|"_gat":||Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.||Session|
|"_gid":||Used to send data to Google Analytics to register a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how visitors use the website.||Session|
|collect||Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.||Session|
|r/collect||Used by Google to collect data to measure efficiency of viewed or clicked ads and shows targeted ads.||Session|
However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your web browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how to do this.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit the following website: http://www.aboutcookies.org. This website contains detailed information on how to manage cookies across a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your device, as well as more general information about cookies.