In this policy, where we say ‘cookies’ it can also mean other software that collects data while you use our websites and mobile apps.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that are sent to your PC, mobile phone or tablet when you visit a website. They stay on your device and are sent back to the website they came from when you visit it again. Cookies collect data and send it to us while you use the site. These are written into mobile apps and web pages that you go to on your device.
A cookie file can contain information such as a User ID that the website uses to track the pages you’ve visited, but the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself.
A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other websites.
Session and persistent cookies
All cookies are either session cookies or persistent cookies.
Session cookies last for the length of your visit to a website. They delete themselves when you close your browser.
Session cookies can help with security. For instance, they can keep you logged on as you move around a website.
Persistent cookies stay on your device when you close your browser.
They are used for many jobs. For instance, they can remember your User ID for websites where you log on. They can also store your choices for when you go back to a website.
Organisations find them useful to see how people use their websites. They can also be used to tailor the ads and marketing you see on social media, apps and other websites.
First and third party cookies
Whether a cookie is first or third party depends on where it comes from.
First party cookies are set by websites you go to.
Third party cookies are set by outside organisations. For instance, you may be on a website that has ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons for social network sites. If you click one, the social network site will put a ‘third party’ cookie on your device. That cookie may then collect data about you and send it to them too. You will need to set your privacy choices on their site, to tell them how they can use your data.
How cookies are used on this website
Cookies are used for the following purposes on this website:
– To run our website, to keep it secure, help you move around the site, tell us if you’ve been to it before and which pages you went to, tell us how the site is working so we can find and fix any problems.
– To allow Google Analytics to function so that we can understand how people generally use our website
If you prefer not to receive cookies while browsing our website, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse the cookie when your browser alerts you to its presence. You can also refuse all cookies by turning them off in your browser, although you may not be able to take full advantage of the website if you do so.
Find out how to manage cookies in common browsers on the Information Commissioners’ Office website, ico.org.uk.
You do not need to have cookies turned on to use/navigate through our website.