What are cookies
A cookie (and similar technology) is a small file placed on your computer's hard drive. Cookies, for example, helps analyse web traffic, remember your cookie preferences, and allows sites to work. Cookies allow us to respond to you as an individual, and tailor operations to your needs, by gathering and remembering information about you and your preferences.
A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain (internet location) from which the cookie has come, the “lifetime” of the cookie (i.e. when it expires), and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.
Types of cookies
Strictly necessary cookies are essential for the functioning of our sites, data security and remembering your cookie settings. Some cookies help sites perform better and enhance functionality.
We may use Google Analytics or similar to understand site usage. Analytics cookies are non intrusive cookies and we may consider some essential in providing and improving our products and services. The only non anonymised personal data divulged to Google is your IP address. You can opt out of Google Analytics following the advice here – https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
We will inform you if we use targeting cookies to show you personalised advertising on our sites, or sites of others. We will always give you the opportunity to select and update preferences for advertising cookies.
Disabling and enabling cookies
You can accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. You can easily delete any cookies that have been installed in the cookie folder of your browser. For example, if you are using Microsoft Windows Explorer:
- Open ‘Windows Explorer’.
- Click on the ‘Search’ button on the toolbar.
- Type “cookie” into the search box for ‘Folders and Files’.
- Select ‘My Computer’ in the ‘Look In’ box.
- Click ‘Search Now’.
- Double click on the folders that are found.
- ‘Select’ any cookie file.
- Hit the ‘Delete’ button on your keyboard.
If you are not using Microsoft Windows Explorer, then you should select “cookies” in the “Help” function for information on where to find your cookie folder.
You can also control your privacy settings on your mobile device.
Our sites may not perform properly, or some features may not be available if you disable non-essential cookies. You are unable to disable essential cookies.
Updated: November 2023