What’s a Cookie?
A ‘cookie’ is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive only if you agree to this. It records how you move around a website so that if you return to the at website at a later date, it can present tailored options to you based on the information stored about your last visit and actions.
Cookies are used on nearly all websites and will not harm your computer or system.
We are required to obtain your consent for all non-essential cookies used on our website. You can block cookies (including essential cookies) at any time by activating the settings on your browser that allow you to refuse the setting of some or all cookies on your computer. However, if you use your browser settings to block essential cookies, then you should be aware that you may not be able to access all parts of our website.
Cookies are either:
- Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser. These store an anonymous session ID, allowing you to browse the website without having to log in to each page, but they do not collect any personal data from your computer;
- Persistent cookies: these are stored as a file on your computer and remain when you close your web browser. This cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit the website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
- Strictly necessary cookies: these cookies enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and/or service. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
- Performance cookies: these cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of our website are the most popular.
- Functionality cookies: these cookies allow our website to remember any choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested, such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
- Targeting cookies: these cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and any advertising displayed on is more relevant to your interests.
- First and third party cookies: first party cookies are set by our website. Third party cookies are cookies on our website that are set by another website separate to ours. An example might be Facebook Pixels so we can show you relevant content from us when you are on Facebook.
You can alter your cookie preferences and acceptance of them at any time through your web browser.
If you have any questions about the cookies we use, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org