What are cookies and how do they work?
Cookies are pieces of computer code stored on your computer or mobile device. Cookies do not contain any personally identifiable information and they are not functional, i.e. they are not programs, but simple text files. The first time you visit our site, a cookie is downloaded onto your device. The next time you visit our site, our site recognises the cookie and ‘knows’ that you have visited the site before. The role of cookies is beneficial to users as it improves your interaction with frequently-visited sites.
Cookies enable us to improve our website by tracking how many unique users we receive, how often they visit our website and which pages are visited. This allows us to see which content is of interest to our users and improve our site accordingly. For this purpose we use Google Analytics, a web analytics tool. The information gathered by Google Analytics is completely anonymous and used for these statistical purposes only.
How do you manage your cookies?
Browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari allow you to alter your settings to prevent your device from accepting cookies, but this may restrict your user experience. The ‘Help’ option in your browser will tell you how to alter your settings.