Our websites use ‘cookies’, which are small data files that are used as unique identifiers. They are sent from the website’s servers to your computer or mobile phone and stored on your device, and may then be sent back to the website’s servers with updated data as you browse our websites.
Cookies are used to record information about your preferences as you browse our websites, which allows us to improve your experience by tailoring the websites accordingly. Cookies can also be used to identify you every time you revisit our websites.
A ‘session cookie’ will expire at the end of your browsing session once you close your web browser; ‘persistent cookies’ on the other hand have a set expiry date and will be stored on your computer until either this date is reached, or you delete your cookies using your browser settings.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie lasts for 2 years by default and distinguishes between users and sessions. It it used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. The lifespan of the cookie can be customised by website owners.
This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
To disable and block cookies from being installed on your web browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, etc.) you can find further information from the following links:
- Firefox http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Cookies
- Google Chrome http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=...
- Safari https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411
- Opera http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cooki...
- Internet Explorer https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/win...