During a visit to our website, we may collect information about your computer, including (where available) your IP address, operating system and browser type. This is purely for system administration – to improve the structure and content of our site. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns and does not identify any individual.
A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer’s hard drive so that the website can remember who you are.
A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the ‘lifetime’ of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.
Two types of cookies are used by us on our site:
- Session cookies: which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site; and
- Persistent cookies: which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).
Session cookies allow you to carry information across pages of our site and avoid having to re-enter information and to allow you to access stored information.
Persistent cookies help us recognise you as a unique visitor (just a number) when you return to our website and to allow us to tailor content or advertisements to match your preferred interests or to avoid showing you the same adverts repeatedly.
Our website uses Google Analytics to allow us to count users who have visited those pages and deliver co-branded services. Google Analytics is not used to access your personally identifiable information on our site. It is a technique to compile aggregated statistics about our website’s usage. Google Analytics collects only a limited set of information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view and a description of the page on Google Analytics resides.
Most Web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.