What are cookies?
- Cookies are small files of information placed on your computer through your browser. Some of these cookies are essential to the functioning of the site, while others help us to improve your experience by providing insights into how the site is being used.
- Cookies enable the website to recognise your device (your computer or mobile phone) as you move from page to page, if the page ‘refreshes’ or if you leave and return to the site.
- A cookie often includes a unique identifier, which is a randomly generated number. This is stored on your device’s hard drive. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website.
- Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your device.
- Cookies make your experience of using web sites faster and easier. They allow web sites to create a customised view of pages to which you navigate. For example, they are commonly used to authenticate or identify registered users of a website without requiring them to sign in each time they access it. Other uses include site personalisation (presenting different pages to different users) or tracking the pages a user has visited on a site to improve user experience.
- Cookies may come with or without an expiry date. Cookies without an expiry date exist until the browser is closed, while cookies with an expiry date may be stored by the device until the expiry date passes.
You can restrict or block cookies but this may limit your use of some functionality, such as filling in forms and getting access to password protected areas of our site. Most things you do on our site will still be possible even with cookies disabled.
We use third-party suppliers who also set cookies through our web site on our behalf to deliver the services that they are providing or record usage. More information on these cookies can be found below.
How to manage your cookies
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.
To find out how to allow, block, delete and manage the cookies on all standard web browsers, go to the Information Commissioner’s site. There is more in depth information on www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
If you use a mobile device, please refer to your handset manual for guidance.
Cookies used on our website
The following are cookies you may come across on this site.
Strictly necessary cookies
- Domain: [INSERT YOUR DOMAIN NAME HERE]
- If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
- When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
- If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day
- If you have a password protected members area, a cookie is set when a user enters the password. This cookie will expire after 10 minutes.
- We also use security cookies – you can read about them here: https://www.wordfence.com/help/general-data-protection-regulation/
Third party cookies
(These are cookies set by other web sites whose services we use.)
DELETE ANY OF THESE NOT USED ON YOUR WEBSITE
- Domain: maps.google.com
Social Media Bookmark and Share/AddThis
We use the Add This functionality to allow our users to share content from our site with others through popular social networking sites.
- Domain: youtube.com
- Purpose: some YouTube videos are embedded in our website. These are the help videos, available to registered and logged in users only. YouTube sets cookies as part of this service.
- Domain: google.com
- Purpose: We use Google Analytics to gather information about how you use our site. Google set a cookie so we can see which pages people have landed on and how they have navigated through the site. (For full details see Cookies & Google Analytics.)
This data enables us to understand:
- Which pages people visit on the site
- Which internet browsers are being used
- What is popular
- Which interactive tools are used
Learn more about the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.
We embed other “widgets” from various other organisations within our pages and these may set cookies.