4. Cookies - what are they and how we use them?
Cookies are small pieces of information that are placed on your computer’s hard drive to help analyse web traffic.
Cookies do not give us access to your computer or your personal details, nor do they contain any personal information. They simply allow a web application to respond to your individual preferences and to allow us to build a better website for our customers. They are used for analysis purposes.
There are two types of Cookie: Essential Cookies and Performance Cookies.
- Essential Cookies ensure that the website runs as it should. Without these, the pages may not display and functions may not perform properly. If you have chosen to decline Cookies, then certain areas of our website cannot be provided.
- Performance Cookies are small files sent from our web server to your web browser that ask for permission to be placed on your hard drive to gather and remember information about your browsing preferences. The information gathered is anonymous.
A Cookie in no way allows us access to your personal information or computer. You can choose to accept or decline Cookies on most webpages, or alter the settings on your web browser according to your preferences.
The Third Party Performance Cookies we use are 'Google Analytics'. Google Analytics Cookies determine the number of unique visitors to our website, provide consistent experiences for our users, and optimise web usage. Google Analytics Cookies may differ in the duration that they collect information for than our own website Cookies.