What is a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.
Why are cookies used?
The information kept in cookies is used to improve your experience when using our websites, for example:
- Enabling a website to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task.
- Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested.
- Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there is enough capacity to ensure they work correctly and respond quickly.
- Analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our services so we can make them better.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting or they may also be set by other websites who provide content on the page you are viewing, known as third party cookies. To support our services, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as Flickr and YouTube. Pages with this type of embedded content may present cookies from such websites . Similarly, when you use one of the share buttons on this website, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through.
What cookies does this site use?
This particular site uses the following cookie data its self (excluding third party cookies):
- Google Analytics: Google Analytics is a web analytic service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. You can change Google Analytics tracking across all websites by visiting Google Analytics Opt out add on site.
What to do if you don't want cookies to be set
Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing. Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests.
If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that doing so may prevent some or all parts of our websites operating correctly.
We advise you grant consent through your individual browser settings as this provides your consent for every website you visit rather than customising individual sites.
Links to other sites
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