What are cookies and how are they used?
Cookies are small text files that are filed on your hard-drive by the web-server and which inter alia enable websites to remember a visitor’s browsing activity. This can include where a visitor has clicked on web pages. On our site, your browsing activity (which is held in these cookies) is subsequently sent back to our Website by your browser so that this information can be used to deliver ‘tailored’ web pages to make your use of our site more personal.
There are different types of cookies:
- Persistent Cookies will allow our site to recognise you when you return to our site another time. This provides us with useful analytics that help us to optimise our website and your visits.
- Session Cookies exist just for the life of your current visit whilst you have your browser open. They are not stored on your hard disk and are erased when you exit your web browser.
We use the following permanent cookies:
- _ga : This cookie is used by Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookie collects information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and what pages they visited. The cookie does not collect personal identifiable information.
- _icl_current_language an off-the-shelf product called WPML to manage content in multiple languages. For your convenience on future visits, it stores the language code of the last page you viewed:
Cookie Data collected
Certain browsers allow for the identification and reading of cookie data collected; including
- Name of cookie, associated value, associated domain, size of cookie, path, expiry date, transfer protocal and security.
One such browser to allow this is ‘FireFox’ and the Firebug add-on tool (https://getfirebug.com/)
Other browsers may have their own tools.
Manually managing cookies
There are a number of ways you can manually manage cookies on your computer/device. If you access the Internet from more than one computer/device it is important to ensure each browser is configured to suit your cookie preferences.