1. What Are Cookies and Why Do We Use Them?
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.
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.
2. We Use the Following Cookies
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our site.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our site 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 site. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences.
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our site and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below.
3. Cookies: Google Analytics
Purpose: We use Google Analytics in order to track the use of our site. Google Analytics uses a suite of cookies in order to anonymously track things like unique visitors to the site, how long users visit the site for and how users found the site. Some of these cookies are session cookies which expire when you leave the site or where you have been inactive on the site for a certain period of time, whilst others are set to expire two years after they have been last updated. You can opt out of Google Analytics by using tools available. See below.
More information: www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.
3.1. Google Analytics Cookies Used on Our Site
|Cookie Name||Expiration Time||Description|
|_ga||12 Months from Last Visit||Used to distinguish visitors to site.|
|_gat||10 Minutes||Used to throttle request rate.|
|_utmt||10 Minutes||Used to throttle request rate.|
|_ _utma||12 Months from Last Visit||Used to distinguish visitors and pages visited. Records a unique ID, the date and time of first visit, time of current visit and total number of visits made.|
|_ _utmb||30 Minutes from Last Visit||Used to determine new sessions or visits. Stores the number of page views in current visit and start time of visit.|
|_ _ utmc||Session Cookie||Used to note that the visit has ended when browser is closed.|
|_ _utmz||6 Months||Records the site you may have linked to our page from. Only records data if you clicked on a link to our site from a different website.|
4. Cookie: Cookie Pop Up
Purpose: We use a cookie to determine if you have read our cookies consent pop up and to ensure we do not show it to you again when you dismiss it.
This policy may change from time to time, and any changes will be posted on our site and will be effective when posted. Please review this notice each time you use our site or our services.
This notice was last updated on 4th December 2019.