How do cookies benefit you?
Cookies allow us to record information about your online preferences. This enables us to:
Provide you with interesting information that is targeted to your interests.
Analyse our site traffic and the way users use our site. This in turn enables us to consider and implement improvements to our site based on what you, the user, like and don’t like.
What is a cookie?
Cookies that we use on our site:
Session cookies: These cookies are automatically deleted once your session has ended. Your session on our website ends when you log out or close your browser.
Persistent cookies: Persistent or permanent cookies are not deleted when you end your session on our website. We use these cookies to remember the preferences you have chosen in previous sessions.
Web beacons: These work in much the same way as cookies but instead of being a small text file, web beacons are a small electronic image put on the web page. We use web beacons to anonymously track traffic patterns of users from page to page within our website to help with site improvements.
Flash cookies: Most computers have Adobe Flash installed on them. Flash may store small files that are used in the same way as regular cookies on your computer. These are known as ‘Local Shared Objects’ or Flash cookies.
Third party cookies: We may work with other approved companies and business partners (‘third parties’) who place their own cookies or web beacons on our site. They work in much the same way as our own cookies but are not actually placed by us. Any third parties that do place cookies on our website are required to collect information in a specified manner, i.e. not for their own purposes.
Any website can send its own cookies to your browser, if your browser’s preferences allow it. However, to protect your privacy, your browser will only permit a website to access the cookies that site has already been sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
Can cookies damage my computer?
No, cookies cannot damage your computer. They are not computer programs and cannot be used to spread viruses to your machine. Although cookies are stored on your computer’s hard drive, they cannot read other information saved on that hard drive. They also cannot get a user’s email addresses or other personal information not disclosed on our site. Cookies only contain and transfer as much information as you have disclosed on our site.
How can you manage cookies?
As a user, you are able to manage cookies and choose whether your computer/browser accepts cookies or not. As each browser is different, the way in which you manage cookies differs from browser to browser. Take a look at the ‘Help’ menu of your browser and search for ‘cookies’. You should be able to find instructions for managing your cookies. To find out how to manage Flash cookies, visit the Flash Player help
For more information about cookies, what they are, what they do, and how to manage them, visit www.aboutcookies.org.
Remember: Cookies help you get the best out of our website. Disabling all cookies will prevent our website functioning as well as it should for you.