Information on what is a cookie?

A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and monitors and reports how you maneuver your way around a website.   A cookie allows the website when revisited to present options that will be of interest when you revisit.

Cookies are used to give the owner of the site information on traffic so they can monitor your experience, make changes, advertise, marketing and gain analytics.

Cookies do not harm or effect your computer system

As a user you can control your Cookies by changing the settings in your internet browser – by blocking all cookies you may only gain only limited access to certain parts of our site

Our use of cookies

  • To track your journey on our website
  • To identify patterns
  • To monitor trends
  • Improve our service
  • Improve our offering to you as a reader
  • Develop services and articles in response to popular features

– A Session cookie
Stored on your computer
Automatically deleted when you close your browser
Usually linked to an anonymous session ID
No personal data from your computer is shared

– A Persistent cookie
Stored as a file on your computer
Does not delete after closing your web browser
Website can read the cookie when you visit the site again
Used for Google Analytics (This site uses this style of cookies) 

– Strictly necessary cookie
Essential to enable you to use the website effectively
Used in ecommerce i.e. when buying a product or service
Cannot be turned off
Does not gather information about you that can be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet

– Performance cookie
Monitor and improve the performance of our website
We use these to see numbers for our analytics i.e. visits, traffic sources and pages

– Functionality cookie
Remember choices you make
Provide features tailored to you i.e. updates, services you use etc