WHAT IS A COOKIE?
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added, and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Cookies usually help make the interaction between web sites and users both faster and more efficient. They are used to remember user preferences, increase page loading speeds and help to record how often a user visits the website.
- Gather any information that can be used to personally identify you unless you approve this in advance by granting us permission.
- Give any personal information about you to third parties.
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN SWITCH OFF COOKIES?
Most browsers have a setting that allows you to block (switch off) cookies. Unfortunately, this may also reduce the functionality and effectiveness of this website. Most people’s concern about cookies is that they are some type of ‘spyware’. This is usually not the case but if you are concerned it may be advisable to install a quality antivirus and anti-spyware programme that detects and deletes cookies that may be considered invasive. This is generally an effective alternative to disabling cookies in your browser. Please note that if you are using multiple browsers on your computer, it will be necessary to disable cookies separately for each one.
On the 26th of May 2011 European Union Law set out that users of websites must be made aware regarding how a website may be using cookies or similar data storing code on a person’s internet connected equipment such as their computer, tablet or smart phone.
The footer of each and every page within this website has a link to our ‘cookie usage policy’ and alerts are regularly made available. As such, if the settings in your browser are set to accept cookies and you use our website, we interpret this as providing us with your permission for us to place appropriate cookies onto the memory storage devices of the technology you used to access our web site. It is both possible and easy to clear these cookies from your device by accessing the settings function and selecting the option to delete cookies. This will remove any cookies, including ours, that may be stored on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
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