What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file that can be placed on your device that allows us to recognise and remember you. It is sent to your browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive or tablet or mobile device. When you visit our site, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology.
The types of cookies we use
We use four types of cookies, which we describe in this section.Essential – cookies that are essential to provide you with services you have requested. For example, these include the cookies that make it possible for you to write a comment on our articles and have your email remembered next time you visit our site and want to leave a comment. If you set your browser to block these cookies, then this function won’t work for you. In particular, we won’t be able to save your preferences about cookies.Performance - cookies which measure how often you visit our site and how you use them. We use this information to get a better sense of how our users engage with site and content and to help us improve our site over time, meaning users like you will have a better experience. For example, we collect information about which of our pages are most frequently visited, and by which types of users. We also use third-party cookies to help with performance. For example, the Google Analytics cookie gives us information such as your journey between pages (details of how to opt out of it are below).Functionality – cookies that are used to recognise you and remember your preferences when you return to our site, so that we can provide you with a more personalised experience. For example if you have previously opted-in to receive email marketing communications from us, we will not show you the email marketing pop-up box again (unless you clear your cache). A mix of first-party and third-party cookies are used to assist with functionality. Advertising – cookies that are used to collect information about your visit to our site, the content you have viewed, the links you have followed and information about your browser, device and your IP address. We have set out more details on this below.
Manage advertising cookies
You can switch some cookies off through the Your Online Choices site
. You may need to do this again each time you use a different IP address or device.It is also possible to stop your browser from accepting cookies altogether by changing your browser’s cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. The following links may be helpful, or you can use the “Help” option in your browser.Cookie settings in Internet ExplorerCookie settings in FirefoxCookie settings in ChromeCookie settings in Safari web
If you would like to find out more about privacy, cookies and their use on the internet, you may find the following links useful:Microsoft cookies guideAll About CookiesThe Information Commissioner’s Office
If you would like to contact us about cookies please email firstname.lastname@example.org