What are cookies?
Cookies are small, usually randomly encoded, text files that help your browser navigate through a website. The cookie file is generated by the site you’re browsing and is accepted and processed by your computer’s browser software. The cookie file is stored in your browser’s local folder or subfolder on your device.
Your browser accesses the cookie file again when you visit the website that created the cookie file. The browser uses the information stored in the cookie file to help ease your navigation of the website by letting you sign in automatically, or remembering settings you selected during your earlier visits to the website, among many other functions.
A website cannot access information on your computer other than its cookie. The cookie is not executable code, so it doesn’t have any ‘life’ of its own, other than being used by the website that created it. A cookie’s use is limited to helping your browser process the information located on the website.
For more general information about cookies, please visit: www.aboutcookies.org.
We do not store any personal or financial information in the cookies; they are designed only to collect information of an anonymous nature. The cookies we use cannot read or search your computer, smartphone or web-enabled device to obtain information about you, or read any material kept on your hard drive.
Third party (other site’s) cookies
We use Google Analytics to carry out statistical analysis of page use, page interactions and paths through the website. This is known as ‘web analytics’. This information allows us to more accurately understand individual behaviours and needs. This means that we can more easily tailor the information which may be of interest to you.
- _ga (kept for 2 years)
- _gid (kept for 1 day)
- _dc_gtm_UA-1283904-14 (kept from 2 to 10 years)
Used by Google/doubleclick.net to select ads, based on what’s relevant to a user, to improve reporting on campaign performance and to avoid showing ads the user has already seen.
- IDE (kept for 1 year and 7 months)
- DSID (kept for 10 days)
For more information please visit http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/
We comply with Google’s policy for advertising which you can find here https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/
If you wish to review and manage Google’s advertising settings, please visit Google Ad Settings.
To opt out of the DoubleClick cookie please visit https://www.google.com/settings/ads/
The following sites may set their own cookies while browsing our site
These cookies will generally only be set if you are signed in to (or have been signed into) a matching account and are generally linked to the use of social media ‘like’ buttons embedded on our site and many others throughout the web. The use of these cookies is likely to have been detailed in each platform’s terms and conditions or privacy policies.
Your cookie choices
Although we believe cookies pose little threat to your privacy, we understand you may still want to turn them off. While we would encourage you to keep our first party cookies enabled (so we can make your on-site experience better), the following links provide guidance on how to manage cookie permissions through your browser’s settings. This includes instructions on how to delete existing cookies and block them from being set in the future:
- Firefox: Enable and disable cookies that websites use to track your preferences
- Safari: Managing Cookies
- Google Chrome: Manage cookies
- Opera: Security & Privacy in Opera
- Internet Explorer: How to manage cookies in Internet Explorer 9, How to delete cookie files in Internet Explorer
- Android: Ads help
Declining cookies is unlikely to have any impact on the performance of our site; however, if after changing your browser settings you do experience difficulties in using our website, please get in touch.