What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer's hard drive by your web browser when you visit any website. They allow information gathered on one web page to be stored until it is needed for use on another, allowing a website to provide you with a personalised experience and the website owner with statistics about how you use the website so that it can be improved.
Cookies have a lifetime. Some only last until you close your browser or a short time. These are called 'session cookies'. Some last longer though, for example, to enable a website to recognise you when you return to them. These are called 'persistent cookies'.
Cookies placed directly by a website owner (like us) are known as 'first party cookies' and most modern websites also use technology provided by other people/businesses, for example to provide online advertising. Cookies placed by other parties are known as 'third party cookies'.
Your web browser should allow you to delete any you choose. It also should allow you to prevent or limit their use.
to track how you use our website
To provide a great experience for your visitors and customers.
To monitor and analyze the performance, operation and effectiveness of our website
To ensure our platform is secure and safe to use.
The types of cookies used on this website fall into one of three categories - Strictly Necessary, Functionality & Performance.
Strictly necessary cookies
The data collected in this category is essential to provide our service to you. The data is necessary for the website to operate. It enables you to move around the website and use its features. This category is always on, as without this data, the services you’ve asked for can’t be provided. Although it is possible to disable cookies on websites via the browser settings, this would affect the functionality of the website, causing it not to work. This data is not used for marketing purposes or for the purposes covered by the other three categories below.
What are they? These are cookies that allow our website to remember choices you make (such as your language or the region you are in) and to provide enhanced, more personalised features. These cookies can remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages you can customise.
In most cases, the data collected in this category is anonymous and is used to inform us how the website is used, for example which areas you use most often and if you receive any error messages. With this data we can then improve how our website works and be sure that the products and services we offer are right for you and other people.
This data is not used to target you with online advertising. Without this data, we can't assess how our website is performing and make relevant improvements that could better your online experience.
How Can You Manage Cookies?
The following links explain how to access cookie settings in various browsers:
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit this link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.