What’s a cookie?
A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and
which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that
website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last
visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be
altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the
setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.
However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential
cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
use the site and track any patterns with regards how you are using our website. This
helps us to develop and improve our website as well as products and / or services in
response to what you might need or want.
Cookies are either:
– Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and
are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an
anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each
page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
– Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it
remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website
that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google
Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
– Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website
effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be
turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be
provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for
marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
– Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the
performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic
sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
– Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make
and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news
or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services
you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information
these cookies collect is usually anonymised.