What is a cookie?
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, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
A cookie is a short text file sent to your browser from the web server or web servers that host the files of the website you are viewing. You may encounter two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are only active as long as you're using your browser. Once you close your browser, the cookie is deleted. Persistent cookies remain on your hard drive until they reach their expiry date or you delete them.
Cookies, whether session or persistent, are also described as first-party or third-party cookies. Cookies relating to content coming from the page’s primary server are first party cookies and where the web page’s content does not come from the page's primary server they are referred to as third-party cookies. These third-party cookies are sometimes used to compile usage statistics on behalf of the site owner or, on commercial web sites, they may be associated with advertising and are used to track the effectiveness of the ad. To protect your privacy, your browser only permits a web server to access the cookies already sent to you from its domain, not the cookies sent to you by web servers from other domains.
All of our cookies are anonymous and session based (unless noted) and we hold no personal information in any of our cookies.
Cookies used by this website
Listed here are all the cookies that we use to manage website delivery to your browser:
Cookies created by us:
We do not currently use any Session Cookies on this website. A Session Cookie can be used to enhances the user experience when using a website. We do not use these for tracking the individual but to assist with any advanced functionality. They are not stored on your computer and they expire when you terminate your browser session.
Cookies created by Google Analytics
- our website usage tracking software:
These cookies are all used together to record statistics about the usage of the website. For more detailed information please see the Google Analytics cookie information.
__utma. This Cookie is used to identify unique visitors to our sites. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time. This is a persistent cookie and expires in 2 years.
__utmb. This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the visitor session times on our sites. Each time you visit a new page on the site the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes, if it does not find an existing cookie, a new one is created.
__utmc. This cookie is used by Google Analytics in conjunction with __utmb to determine visitor sessions. Unlike __utmb this cookie does not have an expiry date, it determines whether a new session should be created based on whether you have previously closed your browser, re-opened it and come back to the site. As a Session cookie, it runs just for that visit.
__utmz. This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website. It is a persistent cookie and expires in 6 months.
For further information:
More information about cookies
The following sites have more information about cookies and how they are used by websites:
www.aboutcookies.org - Useful information on how to control your cookie usage.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie - Information on what a cookie is and how it is used.
www.ico.gov.uk - Government guidance on how cookies can be used.