What are cookies?
Cookies are small files which can be saved to and read from your computer by any website you visit on the internet. They are one of the only reliable ways that a website can persistently identify you. This means that when you visit a particular website, the cookies you have saved for that website are automatically sent to the website with each request.
They are used for a variety of purposes, from allowing website owners to see how people use their websites, to saving user preferences, remembering if a user is logged in, or delivering targeted advertising.
On our website, cookies may be used for three purposes:
Analytics: Analytic cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of users and to see how users move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that visitors are finding what they are looking for easily. These allow us to see where a user comes from (i.e. a search engine, directly typing the address into their browser, or another website), what pages they visit, how long they spend on the website, and what kind of computer they are using (i.e. screen size, operating system, web browser version). We use this information to make informed decisions about the content of our websites. It allows us to see, for example, if a particular page is not getting many visits, or whether a large percentage of our users visit from their mobile phones.
Identification: On websites that you can log in on, cookies are used to remember you. These cookies can either last until you log out, or until you close your browser.
Storing preferences: Some websites allow you to set particular preferences such as page layout or colour scheme. In these instances we store a cookie which contains this preference, so our website knows to serve you the appropriate version of the website next time you come back.
You are able to block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. 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 Site.
Information on how to block cookies can usually be found within the “Help” feature of your browser. Information can also be found on the main browser websites.
http://www.apple.com/safari/ (Apple Safari)
http://www.google.com/chrome (Google Chrome)
http://www.microsoft.com (Internet Explorer)
http://www.mozilla–europe.org/en/firefox (Mozilla Firefox)