A cookie (also called a HTTP cookie, web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie, or simply cookie) is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user’s computer by the user’s web browser while the user is browsing.
Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember information (such as items added in the shopping cart in an online store) or to record the user’s browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited in the past). They can also be used to remember arbitrary pieces of information that the user previously entered into form fields such as names, addresses and passwords.
There are different types of cookies depending on their purpose:
Essential/necessary – These cookies are required in order for the website to function correctly.
Session/transient – These cookies are only used during the user’s browsing session and are automatically deleted when the browser is closed.
Permanent/Persistent/Stored – These cookies are not deleted when the browser is closed. These cookies tend to retain user preferences for specific websites
First Party – The domain attribute will match the domain that is shown in the web browser’s address bar
Third Party – The domain attribute belongs to an external website. This cookie is typically used if a website features content from an external website.
Analytical/Performance – These cookies are used to monitor a website’s performance to track behaviour and used to help enhance a user’s experience. The information collected on these cookies are typically anonymous.
You can choose to accept or deny cookies.
Browsers typically automatically accept cookies.
If you do not wish for websites to collect this information about you, you can browse the website using your browser’s anonymous usage setting (called “Incognito” in Chrome, “InPrivate” for Internet Explorer, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari etc.). However, this may impact on your experience as you may not be viewing the website to it’s full potential.
If you are viewing this website in your browsers normal usage setting, we are assuming you have no issue with this and therefore consent to cookies being used.
If you do not wish for our website’s cookies to be used, then you should either leave the site immediately, or delete our cookies once you have visited the site.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
For more information on cookies and how you can deny these via your browser, please visit www.aboutcookies.org where you will find more comprehensive information.