A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer browser from a website’s computer and is stored on your computer’s hard drive. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser, if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website to track online traffic flows.
Cookies record information about your online preferences. This allows the website to be tailored to your needs. You can set your devices to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised features cannot be provided. So, you may not be able to take full advantage of all the website’s features. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
The cookies we use are “analytical” cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the unique number of visitors, as well as seeing how users move around the site. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example, by ensuring you find what you are looking for easily and quickly. We cannot access personal information or gain access to your computer using cookies.
In addition, we use social media tools to enhance visitor interaction on our site. If you already use these platforms their cookies may be set through our website. Data may then be collected by these companies that enables them to serve up adverts on other sites that they think are relevant to your interests. If you do not use such platforms, then our site will not place these cookies on your device.
Before deleting or rejecting cookies on your browser, please be advised that doing so means that some sections of the website and other websites you visit may not function. However, if you still wish to remove the cookies from your browser, or to block them from ever being set in the future you can do so from the browser you are viewing this page in now. You have the choice to block all cookies or only particular ones. In addition to this you can also configure your browser to notify you each time a request to set a cookie is made.
If you would like to know more about cookies, including how to control, or remove, your cookies then visit www.allaboutcookies.org