What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work properly, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
The different types of cookies which can be used are described below. All of the cookies we use fall into categories 2 or 3 and most relate to Google Analytics (link to Google Analytics page).
Category 1: strictly necessary cookies (this website does not use any of these cookies).
Category 2: performance cookies (this website uses these types of cookies)
Category 3: functionality (this website uses these types of cookies)
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Category 4: targeting cookies or advertising cookies (this website does not use any of these cookies.)
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
What can I do if I do not want cookies to be used?
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.