What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file that can be placed on your device that allows us to recognise and remember you. It is sent to your browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive or tablet or mobile device. When you visit our site, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web 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, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.
We also have one cookie that is necessary to serve our website securely, _cfduid, provided by Cloudfare. DNS records held at Cloudflare enable us to provide a secure connection, they set this cookie to identify your device as trusted. You can find out more about it here. It does not correspond to any user id in the web application, nor does the cookie store any personally identifiable information.
The following Google Analytics cookies are placed on your device: _ga, _gat, _gid, _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmt and _utmz, you can read more about these cookies here.
This website also uses FAthom Analytics to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. Fathom will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but Fathom does not collect personal information that can be used to identify you as a unique individual person. You can read more about Fathoms data policy here. Fathom will not be used if you send a “Do Not Track” request with your browsing traffic.
The following Fathom cookies are placed on your device: _fathom. This expires at midnight on the day it was downloaded and enables Fathom to see what pages you have visited. No personal information is stored or transmitted to Fathom.
By accepting the Cookie Notification message, you consent to the use of such cookies from Google Analytics. If you choose not to accept the Cookie Notification message, or if you subsequently delete or block cookies, you won’t have access to certain features that make your experience more efficient and certain parts of this website may not function properly. Your preferences are stored in a cookie called cookieconsent_status, this contains a single value allow or deny and does not store any personally identifiable information.
Blocking or Deleting Cookies
It is also possible to delete existing cookies or to stop your browser from accepting cookies altogether by changing your browser’s cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. The following links may be helpful, or you can use the “Help” option in your browser.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS
If you would like to find out more about privacy, cookies and their use on the internet, you may find the following links useful:
If you would like to contact us about cookies please email [email protected].