- Cookies are small, simple text files. They are not programs and they don’t do anything by themselves. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user.
- There are many uses for cookies but this website uses them only for gathering statistical information about how the website is used by visitors. This enables us to continually improve how effective our website is and the services we provide for our customers.
- Typically, a cookie contains two pieces of information: a site name and unique user ID. The first time you visit the website, a cookie is downloaded onto your PC (or device you are using to view the website). The cookie anonymously tracks your activity, including how you were referred to our website; how long you stayed on our website; the pages you clicked on etc.
- The cookie will remain, dormant, on your device until the next time you visit the website and allows us to know that you have visited the website previously.
- Cookies are browser-specific and site-specific. This means the Firefox browser cannot read Google cookies and Facebook cannot read Amazon cookies.
About the cookies we use
- We use only third-party ‘session’ cookies from Google Analytics that are active only during the time you visit the website.
- The Google Analytics cookies have the following names:
- _ga, _gat, __utma, __utmt, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz and __utmv
- Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies but, doing so can adversely affect your experience if, for example, you use a shopping cart on the website. The method of blocking cookies varies from browser to browser and even version to version so the instructions below may not remain acccurate.
- In Internet Explorer (version 11) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and then “Advanced”. In Firefox (version 47) you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy”, selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and unticking “Accept cookies from sites”; and, in Chrome (version 52), you can block all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Content settings”, and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading.
- You can delete cookies already stored on your computer in individual browsers. Doing so can adversely affect your experience if, for example, you use a shopping cart on the website.
- In Internet Explorer (version 11), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11). In Firefox (version 47), you can delete cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”, then selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, clicking “Show Cookies”, and then clicking “Remove All Cookies”; and, in Chrome (version 52), you can delete all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Clear browsing data”, and then selecting “Cookies and other site and plug-in data” before clicking “Clear browsing data”.