What Are Cookies?

1. What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small data and text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Firefox, Safari) on your computer and/or mobile phone. The Cookies enable us to identify your device which allows us to recognise you and remember your preferences each time you visit our website.


2. Why Have Cookies?

The purpose of Cookies is to enable us to enhance your experience of using our website, making it quicker and easier to navigate the website. Cookies cannot harm your computer.

We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).


3. Blocks Online and Cookies

We use two forms of Cookies on our website, Strictly Necessary Cookies and Performance Cookies.

Strictly Necessary Cookies: Some cookies are strictly necessary in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. These Cookies contain information about the user active session and enable us to provide our services. Without these cookies, we will not be able to provide certain features of our website. These Cookies will always be enabled on our website.

The strictly necessary cookies used on our website are:

  1. PHPSESSID
  2. ci_session

Performance Cookies: We use Performance cookies across our website for internal purposes to help us to provide you with a better user experience. Information supplied by cookies helps us to understand how our visitors use our website so that we can improve how we present our content and services to you. These Cookies can be deactivated by the user if they wish.

The performance cookies used on our website are:

  1. __atuvc

4. Managing Cookies

If you don't want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

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; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:

Microsoft Cookies guide
All About Cookies

The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising:

If you don't want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

youronlinechoices.co.uk/uk

For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful:

Data Protection Act 1998
The Information Commissioner's Office
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