What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your computer, tablet or smartphone, when you visit a website. Cookies are used by most websites, and are designed to either ensure all the website’s features work properly or to provide the website owner with anonymous information about how you use their site so they can make improvements to the user experience.
The rules on cookies are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. The Regulations also cover similar technologies for storing information, eg Flash cookies. The Regulations were revised in 2011, and the ICO is responsible for enforcing these new rules.
Our website uses Google Analytics to find out how people are using our website. We use analytics cookies to identify which pages are being used, how they are being used and what methods are being used to view them. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to audience needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and this does not include any personally identifiable information.
What we don’t do:
- remember or store any personally identifiable information
- send information to other websites
- record your visit so advertising on other websites is more relevant to you.
Our website also makes use of social sharing buttons so you can easily ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter. The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
How can I control my cookies?
You can use your web browser (eg Internet Explorer) to:
- delete all cookies
- block all cookies
- allow all cookies
- block third-party cookies
- clear all cookies when you close the browser
- open a ‘private browsing’ session
- install add-ons and plug-ins to extend broswer functionality
Click on the links below to find out about each specific browser and its information on cookies.
- A number of websites provide detailed information on cookies, including AllAboutCookies.org and AllAboutCookies.org.uk.
- Google has developed a browser add-on to allow users to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites which use this popular analytics product.