Cookies are small computer files, typically containing letters and numbers that are created through web browsers. Cookies are used as a form of digital memory to remember bits of information about a user’s visits to and use of web pages. They are mostly intended to enhance the user’s web experience by recording preferences and settings, to keep track of shopping cart contents and to customise content and advertising to users’ tastes.
The cookies that are used have been allocated into each of these categories:
‘Necessary’ cookies are used when the storage of, or access to, information is essential to provide a service requested by a visitor to our website. Here is a list of the Application session cookies that we have defined as ‘Necessary’:
‘Analytical’ cookies collect information about how you use our website e.g. which pages you visit. This data is only used in aggregate and helps us to improve how our website works. Here is a list of cookies that we have defined as ‘Analytical’ cookies:
- __utma – Google Analytics
- __utmb – Google Analytics
- __utmc – Google Analytics
- __utmt – Google Analytics
- __utmz – Google Analytics
- 1P_JAR – Google
- APISID – Google
- CONSENT – Google
- HSID – Google
- NID – Google
- SAPISID – Google
- SID – Google
- SSIDCC – Google
- SSID – Google
Cookies are sent to your browser (whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or any other browser) by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of our site if cookies are disabled.
To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using and what version of it you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser (just as though you were going to use the internet) and then clicking on ‘Help’ and then ‘About’. This will give you information about the browser version you are using.
To find out how to allow, block, delete and manage the cookies on all standard web browsers, go to AboutCookies.org and select the browser and version you are using. You’ll also find information about how to delete cookies from your computer.