Cookies & Privacy
A cookie is a small file containing just text, downloaded on to a device when a user accesses certain web sites. Cookies are useful because they allow a web site to recognise a user’s device.
- monitor how many visitors use the site, how they find the site, which pages they visit and what computer systems they are using
- help us improve the site and make it work well for all users
- help us market the site cost-effectively, keeping our costs down
Which cookies are used?
This site uses:
- Google Analytics cookies to monitor how many users are using the site, how they find the site, which pages they visit and what type of devices they are using. As an example, this information can help us see how many users are using mobile phones and how many are using computer monitors of various sizes. We can view reports analysing this information, but we can’t identify individual users – see: https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies
- cookies set by Google Maps
- YouTube cookies if you play a video hosted on the YouTube site
- session cookies are used for all users; this cookie expires when you leave the site
If you click on the Facebook Like button or the Google +1 button, then the Facebook and Google sites will set cookies.
Can any of the cookie information identify individuals?
We cannot identify individual users from these cookies.
Can I stop cookies being saved on my computer?
Users who do not want to have cookies saved on their computers or other devices can block them – see the information below. Users who do not block cookies are presumed to have given their consent to the cookies used on this site.
- more information about cookies – see: www.allaboutcookies.org/
- more information about the European Directive – see the Information Commissioner’s
Office (ICO) web site: www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/cookies.aspx
- how to block cookies in your web browser (bear in mind that many web sites
may not function normally for you if you do this) – see: www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/