What's a cookie?
- A "cookie" is a piece of information that is stored on your computer's hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
- Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
- Cookies are either:
- Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
- Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
- Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
- Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
Below we explain the cookies we use on our websites and why we use them.
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|Google Analytics||Google Analytics cookies – We use these cookies to collect information about how visitors use our websites, including details of the site where the visitor has come from and the total number of times a visitor has been to our website. We use the information to improve our websites and services, and to enhance our users’ experience. The cookies do not identify you personally, instead they collect information in an anonymous form that is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the US in accordance with its privacy practices. Read more about Google Analytic’s privacy practices at: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245||__utma = 2 years
__utmb = 30 minutes
__utmc = End of browser session
__utmz = 6 months
__utmv = 2 years
|Localization||This cookie stores which language version of the website the user is viewing.||_icl_current_language|
|Aweber||With Aweber we analyze what and how you visit our webpage after you’ve clicked on a link in our Newsletter. More information at: https://mailchimp.com/legal/cookies/.||goal = 1 year|
You can enable or disable cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. You can find out how to do this, and find more information on cookies, at: www.allaboutcookies.org