What are cookies?
Cookies are used by most websites in order to improve users’ experience by enabling a website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally enable us to improve the performance of our website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
You can find out more about the way cookies work on www.cookiecentral.com.
What’s in a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.
We use the following cookies:
The cookies used on this website include, but are not exclusive to, the following:
Allows user to set their location
Google analytics tracking property
Stores a unique client identification (Client ID), which is a randomly generated number. Once the ID is generated it’s stored in the cookie and is included with each hit/request sent to Google Analytics. This ID is later used by Google Analytics servers to calculate user, session and campaign data.
Third-party remarketing (mythings.com)
Determines the number of unique visitors to the site (expires after 2 years)
This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on any site, (expires after 30 minutes).
This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser.
This provides information about how you reached the site, (for example from another website or search engine etc.) (expires after 6 months)
id, _drt_, FLC, exchange_uid
Google Remarketing cookies. These cookies are used for advertising across the web. The main advertising cookie on non-Google sites is called ‘id’ and it is stored in browsers under the domain doubleclick.net.
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set
Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing.
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings. Click on the Help function within your browser to find out more.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org for further information.