What’s a cookie?
A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and which
records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can
present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also
be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered
within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your
browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. By not blocking cookies and
block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our
the site and track any patterns with regards how you are using our website. This helps us to
develop and improve our website as well as products and / or services in response to what you
might need or want.
Cookies are either:
- Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are
automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session
ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect
any personal data from your computer; or
- Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains
there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it
when you visit that website again. [We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.]
Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website
effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off.
Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These
cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering
where you have been on the internet.
- Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our
website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts
of the site are most popular.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and
provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates
relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have
requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies
collect is usually anonymized.
Please note that third parties who advertise on our website (including, for example, advertising
networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use
cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance
cookies or targeting cookies.