Cookie Policy

Our use of cookies

We put cookies (which are small text files) on your device in order to track your use of our website and to improve your browsing experience. This tracking is not linked to your name and is not used to identify you as a person. We use the following cookies:

Browser information

The cookie to tell us whether you have javascript (a computer programming language) enabled in your browser settings. This cookie is removed from your device when you close your browser.

Cookie acceptance

We use cookies to tell us whether you have accepted our pop-up cookie notice. These cookies stay on your device for 1 year, unless you delete them.

Session use

We use a cookie to track each session by each device on our website. This cookie is removed from your device when you close your browser.

Analytics

We use various analytical cookies to evaluate your use of our website. Although we put these cookies on your device, we obtain them from Google. In addition to using the collected information for our analysis, we share this information with Google. These cookies stay on your device permanently, unless you delete them.

The Google cookie names are: _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmt, _utmz, _ga, _gat, _dc, _gtm. Google's privacy policy on the information which it obtains from these cookies can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html. 

Tracking by Google

If you are logged into your Google account while visiting our site, then Google is able to track your use of certain websites (such as ours) which use Google plug-ins. You will have agreed to this arrangement as part of signing up for a Google account, and Google will already have placed cookies on your device for this purpose.

The Google cookie names are: pref, nid, hsid, apisid, sid, ssid, sapisid, gaps, lsid, beat, uls, consent, and dv. Google's privacy policy on the information which it obtains from these cookies can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html.

Your choices

Cookies provide much of the functionality available from today’s websites. But certain cookies can also be used to track your activities and interests across the internet.  Although this tracking is not normally for anything more intrusive than behavioural advertising, even this might cause you concern over the level of information being collected.

There are a number of methods for controlling cookies. The Information Commissioner’s website provides a good summary of your options for blocking or deleting them (https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/). Note that some websites will lose functionality or become difficult to use if all cookies are permanently blocked. But, by using the available control options, you can normally obtain the right personal balance between website convenience and your sensitivity to this issue.