In common with many other website operators, we use standard technology called ‘cookies’ on the website. Cookies are small text files containing pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive or other access device when you visit our website. Depending on the services you request, or that are being made available on website, the information stored in a cookie may relate to your browsing habits on website, or a unique identification number so that the website can “remember” you on your return visit. Cookies can be read by the website on your subsequent visits. Generally speaking, cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified, unless you have furnished such information to the website.
Cookies are widely used in order to make website work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of website.
The cookies on our website are used to improve services for you through, for example:
measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast;
analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with services provided on our website so that we can make our website services better.
The cookies used on our website fall into two categories:
On-site cookies: These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our website. We may use on-site cookies that are necessary to deliver certain services to you – for example, to do things like remember language selection.
Third-party cookies: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools, which we are using to enhance our website. For example, we use Google Analytics to track things like the number of people that our using our website, where they are coming from and what content they are viewing. This information is collected for statistical purposes only, it does not identify any individual. This helps us to measure whether we could improve areas of our website.
Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change the preferences or settings on your web browser to control and manage cookies. The procedure for changing the preferences or settings depends on the web browser that you have chosen to use. If you wish to manage cookies yourself, or stop your computer or other device accepting cookies, go to the help section of your internet browser (for example Internet Explorer or Firefox) where you will find information on how to do this. In some cases, you can choose to accept cookies from our website, but block them from third parties. In others, you can block cookies from specific advertisers, or clear out all cookies.
In addition to the procedures detailed above, we have below, suggested links to website to provide you with further information and procedures to follow to manage cookies. If you want to remove all tracking cookies from all of the website you visit, here are links to three programmes that allow you to do this:
Please note that by removing our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our website.