What is a cookie?
Cookies are files, used for an origin website to send state information to a user’s browser and for the browser to return the state information to the origin site.
Cookies can be used by web servers to track user’s browsing activities.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie will outlast user sessions. It consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, only lasts for the duration of users using the website. A web browser normally deletes session cookies when it quits.
What type of cookies do we use?
The cookies we use are “analytical” cookies, which allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors, and to see how visitors navigate around the site when they use it. This helps us to improve the functionality of our website, for example by making sure that users can easily find what they are looking for.
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Typically, they contain two pieces of information: a site name and unique user ID.
We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:
- to recognise your computer when you visit our website;
- to track you as you navigate our website, and to enable the use of the specify feature – e.g. shopping cart on our website;
- to improve the website’s usability;
- to analyse the use of our website;
- in the administration of this website;
- to personalise our website for you, including targeting advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.
Third party cookies
We also use third party cookies.
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information.
Can I block cookies?