- What are cookies for?
- What is a cookie?
- What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set?
- Cookie types we use
- Common Browser settings
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
Find out more from the Information Commissioners Office.
What is in a Cookie?
A cookie is just a simple text file that is stored on your own 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 which ever one you are using. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie, and a randomly generated unique number or other values.
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 little 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 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 you might lose some functions of that website.
You can use the settings in your browser to block cookies. You can also delete any cookies that have already been saved. If you are unsure you can check with the help of your preferred browser. See below for further assistance.
Should you allow cookies form our site then this policy helps to explain the occasions when and why cookies may be sent to visitors to our Website (referred to in this policy as ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘our’).
If you disable all cookies, you may not be able to take advantage of all the features of this website. Check your mobile devise technical documentation for information on how to disable cookies.
We may use the AdWords and Remarketing Lists features of Google Analytics for Display Advertisers.
You may opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertisers including AdWords and opt-out of customized Google Display Network ads by visiting the Google Ads Preferences Manager. To provide web site visitors more choice on how their data is collected by Google Analytics, Google has developed an Opt-out Browser add-on, which is available by visiting Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on, to enable you to opt-out of Google’s programs.
Cookie Types We Use
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages.
If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all of these services may not function properly.
These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store any personally identifiable information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising
Common Browser Settings
- Click the settings icon on the browser toolbar (three stacked lines).
- Select ‘Settings’.
- Click ‘Show advanced settings’.
- In the ‘Privacy’ section, click the ‘Content settings’ button
- To enable cookies: In the ‘Cookies’ section, pick ‘Allow local data to be set’. This will enable both first-party and third-party cookies. To allow only first-party cookies, pick ‘Block third-party cookies and site data’.
- To disable cookies: In the ‘Cookies’ section, pick ‘Block sites from setting any data’.
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Chrome.
- Click the menu button, and choose ‘Preferences’.
- Select the Privacy panel.
- Set ‘Firefox will:’ to ‘Use custom settings for history’.
- To enable cookies: Check ‘Accept cookies from sites’.
- To disable cookies: Uncheck ‘Accept cookies from sites’.
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Firefox.
- Click on ‘Safari’ at the menu bar and select the ‘Preferences’ option.
- Click on ‘Privacy’.
- To enable cookies: In the ‘Cookies and website data:’ section, click ‘Always Allow’ or ‘Allow from websites I visit’ or ‘Allow from current website only’ depending on your preference.
- To disable cookies: In the ‘Cookies and website data:’ section, click ‘Always Block’.
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Safari.
- From the main menu, select ‘Settings’ (or ‘Preferences’, when using OS X).
- Click ‘Privacy & security’ in the sidebar.
- Under ‘Cookies’, select an option for handling cookies.
- To enable cookies: Check ‘Allow local data to be set’ or ‘Keep local data only until I quit my browser’ depending on your preference.
- To disable cookies: Check ‘Block sites from setting any data’ or ‘Block third-party cookies and site data’ depending on your preference.
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Opera.
- Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Internet Options’.
- In the options window navigate to the ‘Privacy’ tab.
- To enable cookies: Set the slider to ‘Medium’ or below.
- To disable cookies: Move the slider to the top to block all cookies.
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Explorer.
- Click on ‘More’ and choose ‘Settings’.
- Under ‘Advanced settings’, select ‘View advanced Settings’.
- Under ‘Privacy and services – Cookies’, choose the option you want.
- ‘Block all cookies’ blocks all cookies that websites try to save to your computer. ‘Block only third party cookies’ blocks third party cookies, which are saved by external web services, such as ads embedded on webpages you have navigated to.
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Edge.