A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies help analyse web traffic or let you know when you visit a particular site. They allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Specifically we use the following cookies:
- A session cookie [PHPSESSID]
This cookie is set as part of the server software we use. It expires at the end of your browser session and is not being used.
- Analytics cookies [__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz]
These cookies stem from Google Analytics and are used to track user behaviour on the site. We look at visitor numbers, page views etc, but these cookies won’t identify you as an individual. They are not required to use the site.
Other websites that store cookies when you visit our pages
The Facebook ‘like’ widget stores cookies when you visit our pages however these are not accessible to us – they are solely used by Facebook for their own purposes.
The Twitter ‘tweets’ widget stores cookies when you visit our pages however these are not accessible to us – they are solely used by Twitter for their own purposes.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
While you do not need to allow your browser to accept cookies in order to browse our web site or to access many of our services, accepting them helps us ensure we’re providing the best service to you.
What if I don’t want to accept cookies?
You can choose to restrict or block the cookies set by us, or any website. You’ll need to do this through your browser settings.
Please note, if you block or restrict cookies on your machine, some parts of our service will be unable to function correctly.
If your concern is with third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the third party’s website and getting it to generate a one-time ‘no thanks’ cookie, to stop any further cookies being served to your machine. Remember, for cookie blocking or restrictions, you’ll need to adjust the browser settings on every device you use for internet access.
You can also visit www.allaboutcookies.org for comprehensive information on how to block or restrict cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You’ll also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer, as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you’ll need to refer to your handset manual.