What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that may be stored on your computer or mobile device, that contains data relating to a website you visit. It may allow a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a period of time, or it may contain data related to the function or delivery of the site. Cookies can be set by the owner of the website or in some cases by third party services the website owner allows to present other information, run content or provide other functionality such as analytics.
Cookies can be either temporary (session cookies) or permanent (persistent cookies). Cookies enable the business to estimate our audience size and usage patterns; to store information about your preferences; and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests; to speed up your searches and future activities and experiences on our sites; to recognise you when you return to our sites; enabling you to shop on line and storing items as you add them to your virtual shopping basket.
How are cookies used on these sites?
Cookie: Universal Analytics (Google)
Name: _ga / _gat / _gid
_ga: 2 years (used to distinguish users)
_gat: 1 minute (used to throttle request rate)
_gid: 24 hours (used to distinguish users)
Purpose: These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.
Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data.
Purpose: This cookie is used to store the language preferences of a user to serve up content in that stored language the next time the user visits the website.
Third Party cookies
Third party cookies are cookies set by someone other than the website owner for purposes such as collecting information on user behaviour, demographics, or personalised marketing. When using our websites, you may encounter embedded content, such as YouTube videos. These websites and embedded content may use their own cookies. We do not have control over the placement of cookies by other websites, even if you are directed to them from our websites.
How do I manage cookies?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how you can control and/or delete cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.