When we provide internet services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable and this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These are known as cookies.
Cookies are pieces of data created when you visit a site, and contain a unique, anonymous number. They are stored in the cookie directory of your device. Some expire at the end of your website session; others remain on your device for slightly longer.
Cookies do not contain any personal information about you and cannot be used to identify you personally. You may safely turn off cookies on our web site without affecting how our web pages are displayed or function.
Cookies are used to improve our website and your experience when using it through, for example:
We do not sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law.
First party cookies
First party cookies are cookies placed by the specific website visited - the website displayed in the browser’s address bar.
First party cookies
Session cookies for logged in user
Our website uses a cookie to recognise that you may already have entered your username and password so you do not need to enter it every time you logon.
Our website uses Google analytics to measure how many people are using our web pages and to help us understand how people interact with our web pages so we can make them better. Google uses a cookie to enable us to gather this information.
Our website contains some pages that display a Google map. When viewing these pages Google uses a cookie to store preferences and information.
Our website contains pages that allow you to post to Twitter. This functionality will occasionally use a cookie to facilitate this.
Some of the pages in our website can be shared with third party websites, like Facebook and Twitter. Occasionally a cookie is used to by the third party to enable you to do this.
Web browser cookies
If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The 'Help' function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to block cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your device as well as more general information about cookies.