What is a Cookie?A “cookie” is a small text file that is downloaded on to your computer’s hard disk when you access certain websites. These cookies store information about your use of a website such as which pages you visit, but they do not store any personal information.
Types of Cookies?“First Party” or “Essential” Cookies – These cookies are placed on your computer by the website that you are visiting, they are essential to its operation. If these are turned off certain functions or features of the website will not operate properly.
“Third Party” or “Non-Essential” Cookies – These are placed on your computer by third party providers i.e. Google Analytics, they gather information about your use of our website. No personal information is collected. Turning these cookies off has no effect on the operation of the website you are visiting, but will stop the collection of information, such as your browsing habits whilst on our site, that can be useful in assisting us to monitor and improve our services.
Cookies can also be further categorised as:“Session” cookies – These only exist whilst visitors are online on a particular website. These are temporary cookies that aid your visit to the website and remember the preferences you have selected during your “session”.
“Persistent” cookies – These are not session computer-based, remain on a visitor’s computer, so that they can recognise you as a previous visitor when you next visit the Site (no personal information is recorded). This allows us to collect information about your browsing habits whilst on our site, and this can be useful in assisting us to monitor and improve our services. Persistent cookies will be deleted after a set period of time, normally one year.
Changing My DecisionIf during your visit you decide that you wish to change your mind on accepting or rejecting cookies you may revisit our Cookie Tool by selecting the Blue Cookie Icon which will show at the bottom left of the page. This will then show the Cookie Tool and you can remake your selection. If you select “I Reject Cookies” then a reject cookie will be placed and all “Third Party” cookies will be deleted. If you select “I Accept Cookies” all cookies will be allowed.
What Cookies are used?
Below is a table with the cookies our website placed on your computer
“First Party/Essential” Cookies for the website Operation. These are always placed and cannot be turned off.
|cookiescriptaccept||1st Party||Accepts or rejects cookies||Session|
“Third Party/Non – Essential” Cookies. These can be turned off (rejected).
|_ga||3rd Party||Used to distinguish (not identify) users||2 years|
|_gid||3rd Party||Used to distinguish (not identify) users||24 hours|
|_gat||3rd Party||Used to throttle request rate||30 seconds to 1 year|
How do I remove cookies?
Please see the links below for specific browsers.
For more information on the use, blocking and removal of cookies please visit: https://www.aboutcookies.org/
Browser specific instructions to block and remove cookies:
Internet Explorer – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/delete-and-manage-cookies-168dab11-0753-043d-7c16-ede5947fc64d
Firefox – https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Cookies
Google Chrome – https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647
Opera – https://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/
Safari – https://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=32467
Safari iOS – https://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677
Android – https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid
Windows Phone – Changing privacy and other browser settings.
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