What are cookies and why do we use them?
This helps us to:
- provide you with a good experience when you browse our website;
- to improve our site;
- to enable a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information again;
- to recognise that you have already given a username and password so you don’t need to enter it for every web page requested;
- to measure how many people are using our services, so they can be made easier to use and so that there is enough capacity to ensure a speedy service;
- allow you to share our content across email and social networks, using ShareThis. These cookies allow us to anonymously track how many users recommend our web pages on social media.
Cookies are tiny text files that are stored on your browser if you agree. Most cookies contain a unique identifier called a cookie ID: a string of characters that websites and servers associate with the browser on which the cookie is stored. This allows us to distinguish your browser from other browsers, to recognize your browser by its unique cookie ID and to store information about your preferences on a particular website. This information may remain on your computer or other internet enabled device after your internet session finishes and you leave the website, but you can delete them using some browsers, manually or using system utilities. Most internet browsers are pre-set to accept cookies. Cookies cannot be used by themselves to identify you. We may share statistical information regarding cookies with third parties.
What cookies do we use?
1. Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies help us to run the website efficiently and allow access to features on the website.
2. Performance and analytical cookies
We use analytical cookies to collect information about how visitors use and navigate the website so that we can improve the experience. For example, the number of visitors to the site, pages they visit and whereabouts they came to the site from. One of the performance cookies we use is Google Analytics. This information is anonymous and cannot be used to identify individuals. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use our website. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.
3. Third-party cookies
During your visits to this website you may be delivered cookies by third-party websites. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. You should check the privacy policies of these third-party websites for more information about these.
How long do our cookies last?
The cookies we use on our website last for different time periods depending on the use:
- Session cookies, which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site; and
- Persistent cookies, which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).
This is a list of data stored by Google Analytics cookies:
- _utma stores each user’s number of visits, time of the first visit, the previous visit and the current visit
- _utmb and _utmc checks how long a visitor stays on the site: when a visit starts and ends
- _utmz tracks where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link)
- _utmv and _utmd track visitor journeys through the site and classifies them into groups
These cookies each last different amounts of time:
- _utma expires two years after your last visit to this site
- _utmb expires 30 minutes after your visit, or after 30 minutes of inactivity
- _utmc expires at the end of a session (when you close your browser)
- _utmz expires six months after it was last set
- _utmv (not set) expires immediately
- _utmd (not set) expires immediately
How to manage cookies
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. You may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to modify the cookie settings on a wide variety of browsers. You will 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 or tablet you will need to refer to your device manual.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
If you'd like to opt out of advertising cookies, please go to the Network Advertising Initiative website http://www.networkadvertising.org/.