Providing a more tailored experience
Cookies are computer files that provide you with a more personalised web browsing experience. Below, we’ve answered the key questions about how cookies work and how we use them to improve your web experience.
We use two different types of cookies on our websites: session cookies and persistent cookies.
Session cookies are temporary files that only remain in the cookie file of your internet browser until you leave our website. These cookies are useful as they carry information across the pages on our website, which means you do not have to re-enter personal information each time you visit a new page.
Persistent cookies, in contrast, remain in the cookie file of your browser even after you leave our website and after the browser is closed. Persistent cookies offer many benefits, including:
- Identifying you as a unique visitor when you return to our website.
- Remembering the information on our website that you are most interested in.
- Helping us to understand how you use our website so that we can improve the structure and improve the overall visitor experience.
Google Analytics Cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The Cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Google Analytics has been enabled to collect data about the visitors via the DoubleClick cookie in addition to data collected through the standard Google Analytics implementation.
Users can review detailed information about Google Analytics here.
What information will cookies obtain from my computer?
Cookies are small files placed on your computer by our website that contain basic information such as the type of internet browser you are using or your computer’s IP address. They will only recognise other preferences (such as passwords) if you allow them to.
None of this information is stored by us and only our website can read the information contained in our cookies. In particular, you should note that no personal information is collected. Cookies also cannot by themselves be used to identify you – instead they only allow us to monitor visitors to our website anonymously.
Can I stop cookies from having access to my computer?
Most internet browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. However, you have the ability to disable cookies if you wish, generally through changing your internet browser’s settings. You may also be able to change the settings to only enable certain cookies to be accepted by your browser. Please refer to the ‘help’ section of your browser.
However, you should note that our cookies are not harmful in any way and are only used to enhance your experience on our website. If you disable cookies it may mean that not all services on our site or on other sites will be available.
How do I find out more information about cookies?
For more information about cookies, how they work, why they are so useful and how to disable them please visit www.allaboutcookies.org