1 – What are cookies?
Cookies are bits of data that a website stores on your hard drive in order to track your browsing session and customise it based on your preferences. Web cookies are widely used. Cookies provide no means of personal identification. In addition, we use information gathered from cookies to improve the user experience on our site. We produce reports with this data and utilise it to better the site overall. Information such as the number of users, where they came from, and the sites they viewed is gathered through cookies in an anonymized form. If you don’t want us to save a cookie on your machine, you can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies.
2 – Groups of cookies
- Mandatory cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will no longer work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
- Statistics Cookies
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
- Marketing Cookies
These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites.
They do not store direct personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
3. Google Analytics’ cookies on our website
Like the majority of websites, we use Google Analytics to anonymously monitor our website traffic and how our website is used to help us improve our site’s content and functionality for our visitors.
You can find more information on Google Analytics here.
4. How can a website user block cookies?
Cookies are generally used to enhance the experience of using a website, however if you wish to block cookies this can be applied in your web browser’s settings. However, 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 website.