When you visit our Site, cookies are used to collect information so that your experience with the Site can be improved in the future.
What is a ‘Cookie’?
Cookies are used by most websites. They are not harmful, and they do not invade your privacy. They are small text files saved to your computer that store information about the way in which you have used a particular website. When you re-visit that website it will access the ‘cookie’ and tailor your use of that website based upon how you have used it in the past. Cookies may also be used for other legitimate purposes like marketing or analytics.
Types of Cookie
Broadly speaking there are two types of cookie; sessions cookies and persistent cookies. They each behave differently.
A persistent cookie is one that is saved as a text file on your PC and remains there even after you have closed your browser. It is then accessed again once you re-visit the same website. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics. Persistent cookies are stored until they expire, which can range from several minutes to many years
A session cookie is a temporary file that is not saved permanently on your PC. It is created during your web session and is automatically deleted when you close your browser.
They may store some anonymised data but no personal data is ever stored by a session cookie. Session cookies exist for the duration of a visit and are erased when you close the web browser.
Categories of Cookie
The cookies we use on our Site can be grouped into the following categories:
- Essential or Strictly Necessary cookies: Some of the cookies on our Site are essential for us to be able to provide you with the service you have requested, for example to be able to buy or subscribe to our services. You may not be able to use our Site without these cookies. They cannot therefore be turned off. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
- Website functionality cookies: These cookies enable you to browse our Site and use certain features by allowing our Site to remember the choices you make and provide enhanced features. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
- Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our Site. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
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