Cookies – what are they?A ‘cookie’ is a piece of information, like a tag, that is stored on your computer, tablet or phone when you visit a website. It can help to identify your device, like your PC or mobile phone, whenever you visit that website.
What are cookies used for?
So, what information is kept by the cookie?
A cookie will typically hold the following information:
- The name of the website that it has come from
- How long the cookie will stay on your computer or phone
- A value, usually a randomly generated unique number
How long do cookies stay on my computer?
Session cookies – These only last until you close your browser. They are not stored on your hard drive. They are used to track the pages you visit so that information can be customised for you for that visit.
Persistent cookies – These are stored on your hard drive until you delete them or they reach their expiry date. These may, for example, be used to remember your preferences when you use the site.
Google Analytics cookies
Google Analytics is a web analytics tool that helps website owners understand how visitors engage with their website. Google Analytics customers can view a variety of reports about how visitors interact with their website so that they can improve it. We may collect information about your computer, including your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and in order to create reports. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
How do cookies affect my privacy?
You can visit our website without revealing any personal information.
We protect your personal information very carefully.
The security and safety of your personal information is very important to us.