What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file which is placed on your computer’s hard drive. The file helps us analyse data about our web page traffic and improve our website to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.
Types of cookies used
Most cookies encountered when browsing this website are considered ‘third party’ cookies. This simply means the web site has used a feature supplied by an external provider, such as Google Analytics or Google Maps which sets the cookie. Third party cookies are not inherently more or less risky than first party cookies. The only thing to bear in mind is that the external provider, not this website, determines what type of information is stored and how it is used.
The most common type of cookie used on our web site is set by Google Analytics, which provides anonymous statistical data to us to show usage trends and to aid in making decisions about what types of content are most popular.
A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer.
Most web pages contain a Google Analytics tracking code to record anonymous information about the date and time of your visit, the type of browser used, approximate geographic location and the URL of any page that led this web site. That information is aggregated and used by us to identify usage trends on our site and to make decisions about which content is most popular.
We use Twitter buttons on some of our pages to link through to the corresponding Twitter feed and the cookies are used to measure how effective these buttons are and how you might get to Twitter.
Cookies in use by this website
|__ga||Used by Google Analytics to help us track visitor usage and optimise our site for the best visitor experience|
|__gid||Used by Google Analytics to collect anonymous statistics such as number of visitors, pages visited, etc|
|__gat_gtg_UA_xxxxx||Used by Google Analytics as a persistent cookie to help uniquely distinguish (but not personally identify) users|
|Cookies for Admin users only||Purpose|
|wordpress_test_cookie||Used to check whether your web browser is set to allow or reject cookies|
|wordpress_xxxxx||Uses to store your authentication details, and their use is limited to the admin console area|
|wordpress_logged_in_xxxxx||Used to indicate when you are logged in and who you are – required to be able to use the interface|
|wp-settings-xxxxx,wp-settings-time-xxxxx||Used to customise your view of admin interface and the main site interface|
Where can I find out more about cookies?
To find out more about cookies, visit allaboutcookies.org
You can opt out of cookie-based advertisements from many advertising platforms by visiting ‘Your online choices’ and switching off behavioural advertising from the organisations of your choice.
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set
You can restrict or block web browser cookies set on your device through editing your browser settings; the browser Help function gives full instructions. Alternatively, you can visit About cookies, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.