What are cookies?
Cookies are widely used tiny pieces of software (files) that are installed on a computer or mobile device when an individual visits a website. For more information on how to switch off cookies in your browser, visit the About Cookies website. Turning off cookies may result in a loss of functionality when using this site. Cookies allow websites to recognise that a user on an individual computer has previously visited the site. The cookies save some information about that user for when they access the site again in the future.
What types of cookies are there?
Broadly, there are 4 types of cookie:
- Performance cookies. These cookies collect anonymous information about users to assess the performance of a website. Common uses include well-known web analytics tools such as Google Analytics.
- Functionality cookies. These are cookies that automatically remember choices that users have previously made to improve their experience next time they visit a website. For example, where users select their preferred settings and layout.
- Targeting or Advertising cookies. These cookies are like performance cookies, in that they collect information about users’ behaviour. However, this information is used at individual user level to advertise products and services to users based on the behavioural information collected.
This site only uses the Performance Cookies for a tool called Google Analytics to give us statistical data on the performance of our website. These cookies are created by Google Analytics and are identified as follows:
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