What are cookies?
A cookie is a small packet of data stored in the user's browser, as requested by a website. The data file can be retrieved next time the user's returns, thus allowing the site to identify the user as the same person. This is useful when you need to remember the states of someone's previous activity when navigating separate pages. Examples of this are logging in, saving items in a shopping basket, or simply saving a personal preference.
The ICO regulates cookies under the EU Cookie Directive. for more information, visit the information commissioners office:- www.ico.gov.uk.
Types of cookie
There are three main types of cookies:-
Session Cookie – These are cookies that only last for the duration that your browser window is open. They will expire as soon as you exit your browser.
Persistent Cookie – These last indefinitely and will only be removed from the user's computer when they are deleted by the user or expire as set by the website. This allows a website to detect return visits.
Third-Party Cookies – first-party cookies are created on the same domain as the one you are visiting. Third-party cookies are the other hand, are set by a different website (such as an embedded advertisement). Most web browsers allow you to block these types of cookies.
How do I control my cookies?
In most cases, browsers will offer a "do not track" option. By going to your browser settings, you should also be able to delete cookies or refuse them altogether.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
The website won't function without these, so they are therefore required for the website to work at all. These types of cookies do not require consent, and you should avoid disabling these types of cookies.
Functionality cookies are used to save a users preference. This allows the website to be customised to the users choice.
Performance cookies are those that enhance your user experience. Benchmarking data provided by these types of cookies allow website operators to identify improvement needs.
What cookies do we use?
We use the following cookies on this site:
Strictly Necessary: PHPSESSID: This has used an identifier for the user's current session.
Performance: Google Analytics: We uses Google Analytics as a benchmarking tool to review traffic on our website.