Cookies

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information that a website transfers to an appropriate file of the browser on your computer's hard disk so that the website can remember who you are. Cookies can help a website to arrange its content to match your preferred interests more quickly - most major websites use cookies.


 •  Note that Cookies alone cannot be used to identify you
 

A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come; the "lifetime" of the cookie; and an identification indicator, usually a unique random number.

Three types of cookies are used on many websites including ours:

Session Cookies are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave our site, when they are deleted automatically. They allow you to carry information across pages of the site and avoid having to re-enter information.

Persistent Cookies, remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer - though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie and you can often specify their lifetime from within your browser.

They are used to:

 •  Help us recognise you as a unique visitor by using a unique number when you return to the website. Note: you cannot be identified personally when you return to our website.
 •  Allow us to tailor content or advertisements to match your preferred interests or to avoid showing you the same adverts repeatedly.
 •  Compile anonymous statistics that allow us to understand how users use our site and to help us improve the structure of our website. We cannot identify you personally in this way
 
   

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings, usually via a drop down menu. See the help files of your browser for information on how to do this. Also to find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.

For instance, you may delete or block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site may not work if you block all of them in the first place. A good compromise is to allow cookies for each session only and arrange for them to always be automatically deleted when leaving a site.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

 

Web Beacons

Some of our Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web Beacons that allow us to count users who have visited these pages.

Web Beacons collect only information that includes a cookie number; time and date of a page view; and a description of the page on which the Web Beacon resides.

We may also carry Web Beacons placed by third party advertisers. These Beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign.

 

Disabling & Enabling Cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the appropriate settings within your browser.
 •  However, if you disable cookies, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of our site.
  

You can also arrange to be alerted before a cookie is accepted on your hard disk and you can then be asked if you wish to accept it or not.

For instructions on how to do this, and for other information on handling cookies in general, please refer to you Browser Manual or its “on-line help” facility.

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