What's a cookie?
A "cookie" is information that’s stored on your computer's hard drive – if you agree to this. A cookie 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 don’t harm your system.
We need to obtain your consent for all non-essential cookies used on our website. You can block cookies (including essential cookies) at any time, by activating the setting on your browser, that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. But if you use your browser settings to block essential cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
Cookies are either:
- Session cookies: these 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 don’t 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. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website can’t be provided. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.
- Performance cookies: These cookies allow us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, 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, 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 anonymised.
- Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you’ve visited and the links you’ve followed. We’ll use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests.
- First and third-party cookies: First-party cookies are cookies set by our website. Third-party cookies are cookies on our website that are set by a website other than our website, such as where we have adverts on our website or use Facebook pixels, so we can show you relevant content from us when you’re on Facebook.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
You can alter your cookie preferences at any time by clearing your browser history, revisiting our website and changing the settings accessible on our cookie pop-up. Please refresh your page after, to make sure that the new settings have taken effect.
You can also control your cookie settings through your web browser.
You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, by going to http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 2 years.
If you have any questions about the cookies that we use, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.