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 analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications 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.
There are two main kinds of cookies: “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies. Session cookies only last for the duration of users using the website and are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies outlast user sessions and remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.
For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.
- to improve the website’s usability
- to administer the website
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not.
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you: a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any personal information about you.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. For instructions on how to stop cookies being installed on your browser, please see All About Cookies.
We also use third party cookies. Third party cookies may be used for the following purposes:
- to track your browser across multiple websites
- to build a profile of your web surfing
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies.
Some of the content on our site is provided by third parties. This includes but is not limited to: Google Maps for interactive mapping, YouTube or Vimeo for hosted video and Flickr for images. When you visit a page containing content from one of these sites a cookie may be set. We do not have any control over these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.
Our website also contains embedded “share” buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through a number of popular social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. We do not control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third party website for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
This website cookies policy template is based on a free document supplied by The Legal Stop Limited through its website www.thelegalstop.co.uk