COOKIES – WHAT THEY ARE AND WHAT WE USE THEM FOR

When you access our website, we will usually place small amounts of information on your device (eg. computer, tablet or mobile phone). These include small files (most of which are known as cookies), the main purpose of which is to help us monitor and understand the behaviour and interests of visitors to our website.

The cookies we presently use are set out in the table below.  Our use of cookies may change over time, so please check back periodically to make sure that you are still OK with the cookies we use.  The Changes section, at the end of the document, sets out the changes.

 

CHANGING YOUR COOKIE SETTINGS

If you continue to use our website, we will assume you are happy for us to set cookies. If you aren’t, then there are a number of things you can do.

You can set your web browser to disable all cookies; allow only ‘trusted’ sites to set them; or to accept cookies from websites only for the duration of your visit.  The following links will show you how to manage cookies on the following browsers:

 

You can also visit the AboutCookies website, for more information about cookies and how to manage them.

 

We may sometimes use external suppliers to deliver services on our behalf, which means some cookies may be set by a third party. We do not control these cookies.  You can block them or restrict them as set out above.  If you would like more information about these third party cookies, please visit youronlinechoices.com/UK/.

 

OUR COOKIES

We have set out the types of cookies we use in the table below, but here is some additional explanation.

Strictly necessary cookies

Without these strictly necessary cookies, our website won’t work properly.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website – for example, which pages are visited. We use this aggregated information to improve our website. We don’t collect any information that identifies you as an individual.

What they do:

Functionality cookies

Functionality cookies record information about choices you’ve made and allow us to tailor the website to your needs. They may also take the form of Flash cookies, which are stored in your Adobe Flash Player rather than your browser, and control your preferences when watching online videos or listening to recordings. The Adobe website has comprehensive information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies.

 What they do:

Advertising cookies

These cookies are used to show you adverts relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advert, as well as help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They are usually placed by advertising networks, with our permission.

We also share information about your use of our site with our advertising and analytics partners. They may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations, such as advertisers.

Please be aware that these cookies are not controlled by us.

Google Analytics

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you view, you can download and install a browser add-on created by Google Analytics for this purpose.

 What they do:

 

Strictly necessary cookies

A temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser:

A cookie used to assist with navigation through the site:

 

Performance cookies

This is set when you agree to accept the cookies we set.  This cookie will last for 1 month from your last access:

 

Functionality cookies

To store preferences on background colour and font colour when accessibility tools are used:

Google stores cookies on the home page where the Google Map is used including:

 

Google stories cookies on the home page when consent to use your current location is given:

 

Twitter stores cookies on the home page where the twitter feed is shown

Including:

 

To support login we store the following cookies:

 

Advertising cookies

Google advertising cookie used for user tracking and ad targeting purposes:

 

Not exactly an advertising cookie, but Twitter will try to place this cookie on your device. Twitter’s privacy policy is available here: twitter.com/en/privacy:

 

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to help us understand how visitors navigate to and through our website. These cookies enable the function of Google Analytics. This service helps us evaluate how long customers spend visiting different pages and how often they return to our website. Google Analytics also helps us work out the effectiveness of our digital marketing campaigns.  These cookies will typically remain for 2 years from your last access.
Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data.

 

EMBEDDED CONTENT

Sometimes, we embed images or videos from websites such as YouTube. As a result, when you visit a page featuring such content, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control these cookies and cannot prevent these sites or domains from collecting information on your use of this content.

You should check the relevant third-party website for more information about them and how to opt out. If you are not logged in to their services, they will not know who you are but may still gather anonymous usage information (eg. number of views, plays, loads etc).

Read more about YouTube’s privacy policy for embedded content.

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING AND SHARING TOOLS

On some pages, we also feature embedded ‘Share’ buttons or widgets that enable you to share content with friends through a number of popular social networking sites (eg. Twitter,Facebook ).

These sites may set cookies which can identify you as an individual when you are also logged in to their services. This means they may be collecting information about what you are doing all around the Internet, including on our website. We do not control these cookies and you should check the relevant third-party website to see how your information is used and how to opt out.

WHAT WEB BEACONS ARE

Some of our pages contain electronic images known as web beacons (or clear gifs), which allow us to count the number of visitors to these pages. Web beacons are usually only used to track the effectiveness of a particular advertisement, link or campaign. Some of these web beacons may be placed by third-party advertisers. You can visit the AllAboutCookies website to find out more about web beacons.

 

CHANGES

It’s likely that we’ll need to update this statement from time to time, so check back here regularly to find out more. If you require more information, please get in touch. This page was last updated in April 2019.

 

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