A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device. For more information see: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
What is a cookie?
- A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer or mobile device when you first visit one of our web pages.
- They measure how many people use our websites so that we can make it easier to use and ensure there’s enough capacity to make the site fast.
- Certain cookies contain personal information, for example if you click on a “remember me” button when you login a cookie will store your username.
- Most cookies will not collect information that personally identifies you. They will collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.
- We may also use “Web Beacons” – these are graphic image files imbedded in a web page typically used to monitor activity on a web page and send back to its home server (which can belong to the host site, a network advertiser or some other third party) information from your browser, such as the IP address, the URL of the page on which the beacon is located, the type browser that is accessing the site and the ID number of any Cookies on your computer previously placed by that server.
Session and persistent cookies
We may use “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies on the website. Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date.
We will use the session cookies to keep track of you whilst you navigate the website; prevent fraud and increase website security; We may use the persistent cookies to enable our website to recognise you when you visit and keep track of your preferences in relation to the use of our website.
Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.
Generally our cookies perform up to, but not exclusively, three different functions on our Site:
- Analytical/performance cookies. These are cookies that allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to this website and see how visitors move around the website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functional cookies. These cookies are used to recognise your device when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Tracking cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose
Third party cookies
- We have no control over third party cookies.
- Third party cookies cannot be used to identify you personally; they can only be used for statistical analysis, for example to provide you with adverts that are more relevant to your interests.
- If you are based in the European Union and would like to learn more about how advertisers use these types of cookies or to choose not to receive them, please visit http://www.youronlinechoices.eu If you are based in the United States and would like to learn more, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/.
- If you would like to disable third party cookies you can do so by going to the relevant third party website and opting out there.
· Please note that if you opt out of third party advertising cookies, you will still continue to receive advertising when using the website, however that advertising will not be tailored to you.
- YouTube/ Google Analytics – http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/key-terms/#toc-terms-cookie and http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/
- Affiliate Window – http://darwin.affiliatewindow.com/documents/legal/privacypolicy.pdf
How to control and delete cookies
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies may, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
Alternatively you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information about how to restrict or block cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find information about how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.