Our website, like many others, stores and retrieves information on your browser using cookies. This information is used to make the site work as you expect it to. It is not personally identifiable to you, but it can be used to give you a more personalised web experience.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences.
Types of Cookies:
First party cookies. First party cookies are set by the website, you are visiting and they can only be read by that site.
Third party cookies. Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example YouTube, and these sites may set their own cookies. More significantly, a website might use a third party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising on their website. These may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites.
Session cookies. Session Cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the userís device when the browser is closed.
Persistent cookies. This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and is not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use this type of cookie to store your preferences, so that they are remembered for the next visit.
Flash cookies. Many websites use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video and game content to their users. Adobe utilise their own cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings but are used by the Flash Player for similar purposes, such as storing preferences or tracking users. Flash Cookies work in a different way to web browser cookies (the cookie types listed above are all set via your browser); rather than having individual cookies for particular jobs, a website is restricted to storing all data in one cookie. You can control how much data can be stored in that cookie but you cannot choose what type of information is allowed to be stored.
How cookies are used on our website:
Measuring website usage (Google Analytics). We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use our website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, eg improving site search. Google Analytics stores information about the pages you visit, how long you spend on each page, how you got to the site and what you click on while youíre visiting the site. We donít collect or store your personal information (eg your name or address) so this information canít be used to identify who you are. You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Social Network. Social sharing, video and other services we offer are run by other companies. These companies may drop cookies on your computer when you use them on our site or if you are already logged in to them.
How can I control cookies?
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit http://www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.
The Adobe Flash Player, used to provide services such as iPlayer through web browsers or web-based games, is also capable of storing information on your device. However, these cookies cannot be controlled through your web browser. Some web browser manufacturers are developing solutions to allow you to control these through your browser, but at the present time, if you wish to restrict or block Flash Cookies, then you must do this on the Adobe website: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html
For more information regarding the data practices of some third-party advertisers and how to opt out of their use of your information, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/#completed or http://www.youronlinechoices.com.
Please note that turning off advertising cookies won't mean that you are not served any advertising merely that it will not be tailored to your interests.