What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a site may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the site, or another site, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help to remember usernames and preferences analyse how well a site is performing, or even allow a site to recommend content it believes will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “save login” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use a site, or a user’s general location.
What sort of cookies do we use?
Generally, our cookies perform up to three different functions:
- Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of the site. Also some cookies allow us to identify registered users and ensure they can access restricted pages. If a user opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that the status of their account entitles them to.
- Performance Cookies
We may utilise the same or other cookies to analyse how you use the site, to record your visits to the site and the pages you have visited, and to record the links you have followed. Among other aims, this allows is to customise our offering to recurring visitors and to optimise navigational paths.
- Settings Cookies
We use settings cookies to allow us to remember certain choices you have made. For example, you can be automatically redirected to the language in which you last browsed, automatically logged in when the site session expires or schedules can be displayed in the time zone previously reported by your browser.
Can a website user block cookies?
As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of the site. However, if you do wish to disable cookies then please follow the instructions on our [Link: “How to Manage Cookies”] page.
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of the site do not work properly