A Cookie, sometimes known as a HTTP Cookie or Web/Internet/Browser Cookie, is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a visitor’s web browser while that visitor is browsing that website. Whether the cookie remains in an individual’s web browser after their browsing session or when the bowser is restarted depends on the browser’s configuration settings. For more information on what controls you have over which cookies are stored and how long they are retained for, see the privacy controls documentation relating to your browser.
Our cookies help us:
Website Functional Cookies
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.
Third Party Cookies
Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties.
Social Media Cookies
We use these so you can easily like or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.
The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
Website Improvement Cookies
We regularly test new designs or site features on our site. We do this by showing slightly different versions of our website to different people and anonymously monitoring how our site visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website. To achieve this we use anonymous visitor statistics cookies. These cookies help us to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called ‘analytics’ programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.
It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.
You may find more useful information about cookies from the sources below: