1. What is a Cookie?
A Cookie, sometimes known as a HTTP Cookie or Web/Internet/Browser Cookie, is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a visitor’s web browser while that visitor is browsing that website. Whether the cookie remains in an individual’s web browser after their browsing session or when the bowser is restarted depends on the browser’s configuration settings. For more information on what controls you have over which cookies are stored and how long they are retained for, see the privacy controls documentation relating to your browser.
2. Cookies and how they benefit you
Our cookies help us:
- Make our website work as you’d expect;
- Save you having to login every time you visit the site;
- Remember your settings during and between visits;
- Improve the speed/security of the site;
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook;
- Personalise our site to you to help you get what you need faster;
- Continuously improve our website for you;
- Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do).
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission);
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission);
- Pass data to advertising networks;
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties;
- Pay sales commissions.
4. More about our cookies
Website Functional Cookies
- Determining if you are logged in or not;
- Remembering your search settings;
- Remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions;
- Allowing you to add comments to our site;
- Tailoring content to your needs;
- Remembering your preferences such as colours, text size and layout;
- Remembering if we have already asked you certain questions (e.g. you declined to use our app or take our survey)
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.
Third Party Cookies
Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties.
5. 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 ours and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.
It may be that your 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.