What are cookies?*

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device. For more information see: www.allaboutcookies.org.

Session and persistent cookies
Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session (from when a user opens the browser window to when they exit the browser) or they can be stored for longer.

Session cookies
Allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. They could also be used for security when a user is accessing internet banking or to facilitate use of webmail. These session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored longer term. For this reason session cookies may sometimes be considered less privacy intrusive than persistent cookies.

Persistent cookies
Are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.

First and third party cookies
Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user - the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.

*Source: Information Commissioner's Office Guidance on the rules on use of cookies and similar technologies (www.ico.gov.uk)

What cookies do we use on our website?

We use cookies that collect information about how you use our website but they don't tell us who you are. This helps us to improve our website and therefore improve your online experience. Examples of how the cookies we use provides us with information include:
• How our website was found (directly, a referring link, website search etc)
• Which pages were viewed most often or least often
• Length of time our website pages were viewed.

The cookies we use do not collect personal data about website visitors.

Controlling cookies

By using our website you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device. You can opt out by clicking on the panel that appears at the top of the page. You can also block cookies by setting your browser preferences. The browser help will show you how you can do this or log on to www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies to find more details of how to do this.