COOKIES ON THIS WEBSITE
This site, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help us customise your experience. Find out more about cookies and how you can control them. This page contains information on what ‘cookies’ are, the cookies used by our website, how to switch cookies off in your browser, and some useful links for further reading on the subject.
WHAT ARE ‘COOKIES’?
‘Cookies’ are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately.
A visit to a page on our website may generate these two types of cookie:
ANONYMOUS ANALYTICS COOKIES:
Every time someone visits our website, software provided by another organisation generates an ‘anonymous analytics cookie’. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the site. We use these cookies to gather statistics, for example, the number of visits to a page.
These cookies are used by software, which tries to work out what country you are in from the information supplied by your browser when you click on a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and we only use it to help target our content.
HOW DO I TURN COOKIES OFF?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful: Microsoft Cookies guide, All About Cookies
The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising: youronlinechoices.co.uk/uk
For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful: Data Protection Act 1998, The Information Commissioner’s Office.