When we provide services we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. These services are delivered on the internet, which sometimes involves placing small amounts of information as files on your computer, mobile phone or other device. These small files are known as cookies. Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally. The information from them is used to improve services for you through:
- recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
- measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure that they are fast
- analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our services so that we can make them better
How to Manage Cookies
There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using our website:
First party cookies: these are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.
Third party cookies: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.
First party cookies
||Enables the server to recognise the user in their current browsing session.
||Used to temporarily store non-sensitive data.
||When the browsing session ends.
||Used to remember the user's style preference.
||Standard View, Print View, High Visibility
Third party cookies
||Enables the share count to update when a page is shared.
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||Used by the tool addthis.com which allows users to share particular pages easily and these cookies remember options such as your preferences on which social media network a particular user likes to share with.
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||Created by Google Analytics these cookies help us gathers anonymised statistical data regarding your visit to our website to help improve our site. We collect information such as the number of visitors we get, how long they stay and technical information such as the browser they are using.
||Google Analytics Cookie usage
These cookies help us to make our ads on third party sites more attractive and relevant to users. These files collect information about a users’ browsing habits and are used to make advertising more relevant to the user, improve reporting of campaign, increase the effectiveness of campaigns, avoid showing ads the user has already seen.
Cookie files can be used to ensure proper display of advertising materials in campaigns and to measure the effectiveness of such campaigns. In this case, information may be collected through pixel tracking tags, which we place on our site. A pixel is a line of code used to track a user’s activity. The use of a pixel allows us to record that a user has visited a particular webpage along with additional non-personally identifiable information. We do not collect the online user’s personally identifiable information through pixel tracking tags.
How to control and delete cookies
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 browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org.uk which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.
If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual. To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.