What are cookies?
Our cookies help us to:
- make our website work as you'd expect
- allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook or Twitter
- personalise our sites to you to help you get what you need faster
- monitor performance and help us to continuously improve our websites for you.
- collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- pass personally identifiable data to third parties.
Types of cookies we use
Our own cookies
Third party functions
Social website cookies
We have included sharing buttons on our websites so that you can easily ’Like’ or share our content on on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
Cookies are set by:
- AddThis – this is the third party system we use to provide the sharing functionality.
The privacy implications of this will vary from social network to social network and will depend on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
Anonymous visitor statistics cookies
We use ’analytics software’ to compile visitor statistics, such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology is being used (eg Mac, Windows PC, mobile device), how long visitors spend on the site, and what pages were viewed. These programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (eg from a search engine) and whether they have been here before.
We use Google Analytics to do our anonymous visitor tracking.
Turning cookies off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so, however, will likely limit the functionality of our and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.
If you would prefer not to receive cookies from our websites, please change your browser settings (find out how to do this on the About Cookies website).
Concerns about spyware
It may be that you have concerns around cookies relate to so-called 'spyware'. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.