Cookies are small files that can be stored on a computer’s hard drive, and are created whenever a computer user visits a website. Cookies store information about how a user interacts with a website. This information can then be used to present users with tailored options on future visits to the same website. Cookies can also be used to analyse data about website traffic and for marketing purposes.
There are two types of cookie:
Session cookies: are stored on a computer during a web session only and will automatically be deleted when a browser is closed. This type of cookie is stored when a website is accessed anonymously (e.g. without having to log in to each page). Session cookies do not collect or store any data from the website user’s computer.
Persistent cookies: are stored as small data files on the website user’s computer. Persistent cookies remain on the user’s computer when a browser is closed. This type of cookie can be read by the website that created it if the website is visited again. This website uses persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
You can block cookies at any time by activating the relevant settings within your browser. However, if you block essential cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of this website. Essential cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes or remember what you have accessed during your browsing session.