What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, a cookie will store your username in our login section, so that you don’t have to type it in each time. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.
Cookies we use
Generally, our cookies perform up to three different functions:
- Performance Cookies: We utilise cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by eventually customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
- Functionality Cookies: We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences. We also use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to watch a video online.
Can a website user block cookies?
However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions:
Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9
- Open Internet Explorer, click on tools and then choose Internet Options.
- Select the Privacy tab and then click the ‘Advanced’ button.
- Check the ‘Override automatic cookie handling’ checkbox, select your custom options, click Ok and then Ok again.
- Open Google Chrome, click on the spanner icon (settings) in the top right of the page and click the ‘Show advanced settings’ link at the bottom of the page.
- Under Privacy, click on ‘Content settings…’ and under Cookies, select your preferences and then press Ok.
- The close the settings page, simply close the tab it was opened in.
- Open Firefox, click on the orange Firefox button in the top left of the page, select options and then select options.
- Select the ‘Privacy’ tab and then select ‘Use custom settings for history’. This will reveal further options.
- Select your custom cookie options starting from ‘Accept cookies from sites’ and below and then click Ok.
If your browser is not listed above, perform a Google search for cookie settings for your browser to find to relevant information.
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