What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit our site. These files contain an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Our site recognises those cookies on each subsequent visit, enabling our site to recognise you.
- recognise you whenever you visit our site
- remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again
- allow you to navigate between pages efficiently
- measure how you use our site so it can be updated and improved to give you the best possible experience on our site.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Third Party Performance Cookies
These non-essential cookies collect information about how visitors use our site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use our site.
We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve our site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to our site, where visitors have come to our site from and the pages they visited.
Google Analytics stores information about:
- The pages you visit on our site
- The actions you perform on our site
- How long you spend on each page
- How you got to our site
- What you click on while you’re visiting our site
- Information about the browser and device you use to navigate our site, (including an anonymised IP address).
- We don’t collect or store any personal information (for example your name or address) that can be used to identify who you are.
More details about how Google Analytics collects and processes data are available at www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners.
You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics cookies across all websites http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Where to find more information
You can adjust the settings in your web browser to determine whether (all) sites can set cookies on your computer. More information about cookies and how to manage them, specific to your browser, can be found at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/.
This notice was last reviewed and updated in October 2020.