What is a cookie?
A cookie is a piece of data sent to your device from a website which is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server.
Cookies are not used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.
Cookies used on our website
The exact names of cookies we use on our websites may change from time to time, however, the descriptions below set out the types of cookies that operate on our websites. You can obtain an up to date list of the cookies we use by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics. The information generated by the Google Analytics cookie (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Service, compiling reports on activity and providing other services relating to activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.
To see more information on the cookies set by Google Analytics see: Cookies and Google Analytics. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
We may also use other technologies with similar functionality to cookies, such as web beacons and tracking URLs on our website and in emails, for example, to determine whether a recipient opened the email or accessed a certain link.
How to delete or change your cookies preferences
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. You can also set your browser to alert you when a website sets or accesses cookies. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how to do this.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our websites.