What are cookies and how do they work?
Cookies are small text files which are placed on your computer by websites you visit. They are widely used to make websites work, or run more efficiently, as well as providing information to us.
For a website to operate correctly, you need to have cookies enabled. Your browser then makes these cookies available every time you visit the website, so it can recognise you and can then tailor what you see on your device.
If you decide not to enable cookies, you can still browse the site but some key features may not be available. Most web browsers have cookies enabled, but if you wish to turn them off use your browser’s Help function and follow the instructions.
Please note cookies can’t harm your computer. We do not store sensitive information in the cookies we use, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help improve your experience of the site.
What are cookies used for?
Cookies are an important part of the internet. They make using devices and accessing online information much smoother and affect lots of the useful features of websites. There are many different uses for cookies, but they typically fall into four main groups.
- Provision of content, product or service you have asked for – Some cookies are essential to help your devices download or stream the information, or so you can move around websites and use their features. Without these cookies, content, products or services you’ve asked for can’t be provided.
- Improving your browsing experience – These cookies allow the application or website to remember choices you make, such as your language, location, preferences or settings and they provide improved features.
- Affiliate cookies – Some web based information will contain promotional links to other companies’ sites. If you follow one of these links and then register with or buy something from that other site, a cookie is used to tell the other site where you came from. That other site may then pay a small amount for a successful referral. For more information, refer to the Internet Advertising Bureau’s guide about how affiliate marketing works.
You should be aware that when you access or use our website content and pages, we may collect information from the devices you use by using ‘cookies’.
Controlling My Cookies
The vast majority of browsers allow you to see what cookies you’ve got, and to clear them individually or all at once. To find out more you can visit aboutcookies.org, which explains the best way to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.
Changes to this notice
We will occasionally update our privacy and cookie notices. We encourage you to periodically check our notice to be informed of how we use your information.
This cookie notice was last updated May 2018