This policy explains what cookies are and how we use them. It also explains the different types of cookies we use and how you can manage or delete them.
Most browsers are automatically set to accept cookies but usually you can alter the settings of your browser to prevent automatic acceptance. If you do not want to accept cookies from our website, you can change your browser settings so that cookies are not accepted. If you choose to do this, you may still use most of the features of our website.
For more information on cookies and how to disable them, please go to the Information Commissioner’s webpage on cookies; https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/.
Cookies & IP Addresses
We may collect information about your computer or mobile device, including where available your IP address, operating system, browser type, version and the website that you visited prior to this site, for system administration. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us
- To estimate our audience size and usage pattern
- To store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests;
- To speed up your searches
- To recognise you when you return to our site.
Google Analytics is Google’s free web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how their visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics collects information anonymously, and much like examining footprints in sand, it reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. Analytics uses its own set of cookies to track visitor interactions:
These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so they can improve their website and how people find it. A different set of cookies is used for each website, and visitors are not tracked across multiple sites. Analytics customers are obliged to notify users of their use of analytics software. To disable this type of cookie, some browsers will indicate when a cookie is being sent and allow you to decline cookies on a case-by-case basis. In addition to declining cookies, you can also install the Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on in your browser, which prevents Google Analytics from collecting information about your website visits.