A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
- Analytical/performance cookies: They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies: These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
|complianceCookie||Preference Cookie||Used to store your acceptance of the cookie warning message initially shown when you first visit our website||Expires 365 days from set/update|
|__utmc||Google Analytics cookies||Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout||Expires at the end of browser session|
|__ga||Google Analytics cookies||Stores a unique client identifier (Client ID), which is a randomly generated number. Once the ID is generated it is stored in the cookie and is included with each hit/request sent to Google Analytics. This ID is later used by Google Analytics servers to calculate user, session and campaign data.||Expires 24 months from set/update|
|__gat||Google Analytics cookies||This is described by Google as “Used to throttle request rate” although there is little data about these cookies, the value (other than the domain) is set as “1”.||Expires 10 minutes from set/update|