A cookie is a small file containing just text, downloaded on to a device when a user accesses certain websites. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a users device.
- Monitor how many visitors use the site, how they find the site, which pages they visit and what computer systems they are using
- Help users share links using their social networks
- Help us to improve the site and make it work well for all users
Which cookies are used?
Google Analytics cookies to monitor how many users are using the site, how they find the site, which pages they visit and what type of devices they are using. As an example, this information can help us see how many users are using mobile phones and how many are using computer monitors of various sizes. We can view reports analysing this information, but we can’t identify individual users – see: https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies
Session cookies are used for all users; they are particularly helpful in presenting the correct information to each user.
Can any of the cookie information identify individuals?
We cannot identify individual users.
Can I stop cookies being saved on my computer?
Users who do not want to have cookies saved on their computers or other devices can block them – see the information below. Users who do not block cookies are presumed to have given their consent to the cookies used on this site.
For more information about cookies see: www.allaboutcookies.org/
For more information about the European Directive see the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website: www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/cookies.aspx
To learn how to block cookies in your web browser (bear in mind that many websites may not function normally for you if you do this) see: www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/