WHAT’S A COOKIE?

Cookies are usually small text files, given ID tags that are stored on your computer’s browser directory or program data subfolders. Cookies are created when you use your browser to visit a website that uses cookies to keep track of your movements within the site, help you resume where you left off, remember your preferences, and other customization functions. Websites store a corresponding file (with the same ID tag) to the one they set in your browser and in this file they can track and keep any information you may have voluntarily given while visiting the website, such as IP address.

Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your device. 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 continuing to browse you are authorising the use of cookies. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

HOW DO WE USE COOKIES?

To ensure that our web site is well managed and to facilitate improved navigation within the site, we or our service provider(s) may use cookies (small text files stored in a user’s browser) or web beacons (electronic images that allow the web site to count visitors who have accessed a particular page and to access certain cookies) to collect aggregate data. 

We may use such devices to track information on our systems and identify categories of visitors by items such as IP address, domain, browser type and pages visited. This information is reported to our webmasters who use the information to analyse the number of visitors to different areas of the site and to make sure that our web site is serving as a useful, effective information source. Neither cookies nor web beacons collect personal information such as your name or email address.

To ensure that our web site is well managed, we or our service provider may track information on our systems and identify categories of visitors by items such as domain, company IP address and browser type. Our internal webmasters use this information to analyse the number of visitors to different areas of our site to make sure that our web site is serving as a useful and effective information source.

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 do not use persistent cookies but may do in the future.

DISABLING COOKIES

All recent versions of popular browsers give users a level of control over cookies.

You can set your browser to accept or reject all, or certain cookies. This is usually set through your privacy settings. You can also set your browser to prompt you, each time a cookie is offered. For further guidance on disabling cookies via your specific browser visit http://www.aboutcookies.org.

FURTHER READING ON COOKIES

Useful information about cookies can be found at http://www.allaboutcookies.org