What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that a website stores on your device, which allows a server to recognise your device and identify specified actions that it performs, such as visiting a website. A ‘device’ is anything you use to access the website, whether that’s a desktop computer, a laptop, a mobile phone or tablet, etc.
What are cookies used for?
- give you a better online experience
- allow you to set some personal preferences
- measure and improve our service
- review and measure some of our marketing activities
Which cookies does this website set on your device?
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users' computers. We may collect non-personal identification information about users whenever they interact with our website. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name and things such as general geographic location, popular pages, the time spent on pages. We use this information to improve our site and its content. The information generated by the cookie will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.
Google Analytics cookie types used:
- _utma: This keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Expires: 2 years.
- _utmb: This cookie measures 'user sessions' – a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters the site. Expires: 30 minutes.
- _utmc: This is timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves the site - having waited 30 minutes for another page view to happen, and if it doesn’t, it expires. Expires: End of session.
- _utmz: This cookie allows us to see information about how people get to our website. Expires: 6 months.
What information is kept by the cookie?
A cookie will typically hold:
- the name of the website that it has come from
- how long the cookie will stay on your device
- a value – usually a randomly generated unique number
How long do cookies stay on my computer?
Types of cookies:
- Session cookies – these only last until you close your browser. They are not stored on your hard drive. They are usually used to track the pages that you visit so that information can be customised for you for that visit.
- Persistent cookies – these are stored on your hard drive until you delete them or they reach their expiry date. These may, for example, be used to remember your preferences when you use the site.
How do I change my cookie settings?
Cookie settings allow you to have control over which cookies you block. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer:
- Chrome: Learn more about “Incognito” and cookie setting in Chrome
- Firefox: Learn more about the “Private Browsing” setting and cookie setting in Firefox
- Safari: Learn more about “Private Browsing” and cookie setting in Safari
- Internet Explorer: Learn more about “InPrivate” and cookie setting in Internet Explorer
- Opera: Learn more about “Privacy” and cookie setting in Opera
Read more about how cookies work with other browsers and browser versions.
If you do decline cookies, note that some parts of the site may not function properly. By using our site, you agree we can place these cookies. You can learn more about cookies and how to manage them at AboutCookies.org. Any questions about this policy should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This policy was last updated on November 18th 2013.