What are Cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps this site to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser’s setting to decline them automatically if you prefer. However, if you do decline to use cookies this may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website and will certainly prevent you from logging-in to this site.

A visit to a page on our website may generate the following types of cookie:

  • Session cookies
  • Feature cookies
  • Third party cookies

Session Cookies

Session cookies are used to remember information about you and a specific visit you make to the site. This cookie has a lifetime of one hour and will become invalid after that period of inactivity. The session cookie consists only of a unique key which links you to a specific session of use on the site. The cookie file does not contain any personal information about you whatsoever.

Feature Cookies

One site feature (poll), will record that you have answered one or more polls on the site though not how you have voted. This is to prevent a user recording more than one vote in the same poll and to allow the poll result to be shown once that vote has been recorded.

Third party cookies

On some pages of the our website components supplied by third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by us.

Stopping Cookies

It is possible to stop your browser accepting cookies automatically, or to stop it accepting cookies from a specific website. All browsers have a mechanism to allow you to change your cookie settings. The settings will normally be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser.