A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets us know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic, which is used to tailor the experience to visitors’ needs and improve our website. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages are found useful and by whom. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. Further information may be found at www.allaboutcookies.org
You can choose to accept or decline cookies, and most web browsers now require users to make that choice. You can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may, however, prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. The main types of cookies are explained below:
Required cookies are critical to the functionality of our websites, for example, to keep a user logged in to their account.
Functional cookies are used to track visitors to our websites, helping us understand how websites are being used and help us improve the experience for others.
Marketing cookies are used to track the number of people who click on third party links displayed in our websites and provide statistical information.
We may use Google analytics to help us understand how our websites are being used. It generates statistical information about website use by means of ‘cookies’ which are stored on users’ computers.