What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that may be saved on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. The cookie will help to recognise your device the next time you visit.
Cookies serve many functions. For example, they can help us to remember your username, preferences and can analyze how well our website is performing. Cookies can also help us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to ‘Remember Me’ when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a your general location.
What sort of cookies do we use?
Generally, our cookies perform three different functions:
1. Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify users and ensure they can access password protected pages. If a user opts to disable these cookies, they will not be able to access all of the content that may be available to them otherwise.
2. Performance cookies
We utilise cookies to analyze how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This helps us improve your experience and allows us to quickly identify and fix any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We may also use these cookies to suggest content that may be of interest to you based on your previous usage of the website.
3. Functionality cookies
We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences, such as which regional edition of the website you want to use when you log in.
We may allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the three categories above. For example, in common with a large number of other websites, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic.
Can a website user block cookies?
Yes. To do so, please follow your web browser’s usage guidelines and please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website no longer work as expected.