What Are Cookies?
‘Cookies’ are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond in the correct way.
A visit to a page on our website may generate the following types of cookie:
These cookies (_utma / _utmb / _utmc / _utmz) are used to collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website.
Content Management System Cookie
This cookie (CMSSESSID) is set by our content management system upon arrival to our website. It is not used for any purpose and is deleted when a user closes their browser.
This cookie (cookiesDirective) is used to remember that you have seen our cookies notification.
How Do I Turn Cookies Off?
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.
NOTE: Turning off cookies may hinder the performance of this website and some features may not work correctly.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices.
You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initative.
Please bear in mind that the are many more networks listed than we use on this site (further information).
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:
- Microsoft Cookies guide
- All About Cookies
The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising:
- Your Online Choices.
For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful:
- Data Protection Act 1998.
- The Information Commissioner’s Office.