What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your device (e.g. a PC, laptop or phone)when you visit a website. Cookies enable the website to store your preferences e.g. your login for, for a set period of time meaning you don’t have to re-enter your preferences or data each time you visit the website.
Other uses of cookies be relate to monitoring of traffic to our website, for internal purpose. For example, we may monitor how many times you visit the website, which pages you go to, traffic data, location data and the originating domain name of a user’s internet service provider. Some of this data will be aggregated or statistical, which means that we will not be able to identify you individually from said data.
Cookies can be divided into 4 categories, as explained below:
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 a website.
Analytical (statistics) or performance cookies. These 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).
Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests.
You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the websites below tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, some (or all, in the case of strictly necessary cookies) of our website features may not function as a result.
The Cookies we Use
NECESSARY COOKIES: Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
We will ask for your permission (consent) to place cookies or other similar technologies on your device, except where these are essential for us to provide you with a service that you have requested on the website. If you do not want to accept cookies, either on our website or any website you visit, you may change your browser settings so that cookies are not accepted. If you do this, please be aware that you may lose some of the functionality of this website. For further information about cookies and how to disable them please go to the Information Commissioner’s webpage on cookies: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/.
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