WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small pieces of data stored by your Internet browser on your computer’s hard drive or mobile device. Your browser stores each message in a small file, called cookie.txt. When you request another page from the server, your browser sends the cookie back to the server. These files typically contain information about your visit to the web page, as well as any information you’ve volunteered, such as your name and interests.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Cookies enable us to:
* Analyse how visitors use our website and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise
* Highlight products or services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website
* Remember your preferences and site log on details. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences
* Allow for sharing of website information on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter
* Collect any personally identifiable information (without your permission)
* Collect any sensitive information (without your permission)
* Pass data to advertising networks
* Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
* Pay sales commissions
CAN A WEB USER BLOCK COOKIES?
Yes, however please remember that cookies do help you to get the most out of our website.
TURNING COOKIES OFF
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however, will likely limit the functionality of our website as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.
Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.