Cookie policy and explanation


(a) Cookies are small text files that are sent by websites that you visit to recognise who you are when you return there. They are files stored on your computer’s hard drive, and are read by your web browser. Cookies perform several functions, such as remembering who you are on a particular site (your welcome message) and keeping you logged in to your account screen on an ecommerce site, (however, you should always log out if you are using a public computer). Website owners use cookies to follow which pages that you have read so that they can see what parts of the site are popular or not. In short, cookies are a way of providing statistics on site visits as well as some limited functionality that makes your site visit easier. Most cookies are “session cookies”, meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session.

(b) You may encounter cookies from third parties on certain pages of the sites that we do not control. (For example, if you view a web page created by another user, there may be a cookie placed by that web page.)

(c) To opt out of the use of cookies, you can either set your browser so that it will not accept and store any cookie, or you can allow only certain ‘trusted’ sites to store cookies on your computer. These sites may include us, or sites where you carry out your online banking, or possibly your favourite news service.

If you would like extra information and advice about cookies, please look at the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office.