- What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small file containing an identifier (a string of letters / numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. The file contains data relating to your use of a website and may be stored on your computer or mobile device. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Different types of cookies are used in order to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. Cookies may be either ‘persistent’ cookies or ‘session’ cookies.
Persistent Cookies: A persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date. Persistent cookies allow our website to deliver functions between browser sessions and subsequent visits.
Session Cookies: A session cookie is a temporary cookie that will generally expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. They are used to deliver basic functions of a website while you are actively using it.
- Their Purpose
- Data Collected
We keep a record of traffic data which is logged automatically by our server, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, the website that you visited before ours, the website you visit after leaving our website. We also collect some website and service statistics such as access rates, page hits and page views. We are not able to identify any individual from traffic data or site statistics.
- Consent & Managing Cookies
Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of our website. If you block all cookies, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit our website; as a result, some of our services, functionalities and features may not work.
- Third-party Cookies
We use third parties to deliver certain services. For example, our website interfaces with social media platforms (e.g. Twitter and Facebook) and uses web analytical tools (e.g. Google Analytics) to analyse the use of our website and understand how visitors engage with our website. Cookies for web analytics allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and see how they move around the website and individual web pages. This helps us make our services better.
Ads sometimes appear on our website. Personalisation of ads improves their relevance for you and the value these ads create for advertisers. Advertisers may use technology by third parties to target an ad. These third parties may use information they collected from your use of other websites to create an ad profile that informs the ads that they show you on our website.
Last edited 7 January 2022.