18 May 2021
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that our web server sends to your computer when you visit our website. Your computer stores this file on your hard drive. Each time you make a page request to our server, your browser returns a copy of this cookie to the server. The cookie will contain data, for example, a text string such as "ID2019829", which the server can use to identify you as a return visitor to the website.
What types of cookies are there?
There are two types of cookies, 'session' cookies and 'persistent' cookies. Session cookies are erased when you close your web browser. They are stored in temporary memory and are not retained after the browser is closed. Persistent cookies persist after you close your browser. They are stored on your hard drive until they reach their expiry date or until you delete them.
There are two other terms that you need to understand about cookies, namely 'first-party' cookies and 'third party' cookies. First-party cookies are those cookies that originate from or are sent to the website you are currently viewing. Third-party cookies are cookies that are issued by a website other than the one you are currently surfing.
What type of cookies do we use?
We use both session and persistent cookies on this website. The cookies we generate are first-party, but we have links from our site to third-party sites, and when you click on these links, you may have third party cookies sent to you. These cookies are outside our control, and we are not responsible for how they are used or how the information gathered by these cookies is used.
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Cookies do not store details that personally identify you. However, we can use passwords and other details to link and to the gathered information to establish when and how you are using the website.
Can you block and delete Cookies?
Yes. Almost all browsers allow you to block cookies, so they are not used or stored on your computer. You can also remove any cookies that may be currently stored on your hard drive. The process for doing these two tasks differs between browsers, so please refer to the Help function in your particular browser to understand how you block and/or delete cookies.