What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone, tablet or other device for accessing the internet, whenever you visit a website or use our on-line apps. They are used to maintain the integrity of your browsing activities when you visit a website and can also be used to customise your experience.
Cookies do not in any way compromise the security of your computer. You can continue to use this website with no loss of functionality if you choose to disable cookies on your computer.
Guidelines from the Office of the Information Commissioner for the contents and use of Privacy Statements on websites, including expected standards for cookies can be found at:
To achieve this, there are different types of cookies in use. They all work in the same way, but have minor differences that are explained below.
Session cookies last only for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. They are essential for secure user navigation through the site and enable the delivery of basic functionality.
Persistent cookies last after you have closed your browser, and allow us to remember your actions and website preferences. We use persistent cookies to analyse visits to our sites. This helps us understand how customers arrive at and use our site so we can continually improve it and respond to our customers’ needs.
Analytics cookies help us make our websites even better for those who visit them regularly. This Site uses Google Analytics: Demographics AND Interest Reporting, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyse how visitors use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
Managing Cookies in your Browser
In some browsers you can set up rules to manage cookies on a site-by-site basis, giving you more fine-grained control over your privacy. What this means is that you can disallow cookies from all sites except those that you trust.
In the Google Chrome browser, the Tools menu contains an option to Clear Browsing Data. You can use this option to delete cookies and other site and plug-in data, including data stored on your device by the Adobe Flash Player (commonly known as Flash cookies). Another feature of Chrome is its incognito mode. You can browse in incognito mode when you don’t want your website visits or downloads to be recorded in your browsing and download histories. Any cookies created while in incognito mode are deleted after you close all incognito windows.
To withdraw your consent as described above, you should either (a) cease using our Site; or (b) delete the cookies used on our site using your web browser’s settings and set your browser to reject future cookies. You can find out more about deleting and blocking cookies by using your web browser’s “Help” option.
We can change this Cookies Statement at any time. If we make material changes to the Cookie Statement, we will let you know by posting the changed Cookie Statement on the Site.
It is important that you review the changed Cookie Statement. If you do not wish to agree to the changed Cookie Statement, then we cannot continue to provide the Site to you and your only option is to stop accessing the Site.