- to recognise a computer when a user visits the website
- to track users as they navigate the website
- to improve the website's usability
- to analyse the use of the website
- to administer the website
- to prevent fraud
- to improve the security of the website
- to personalise the website for our users.
What are cookies
A cookie is a file containing an identifier a string of letters and numbers that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies may be either `persistent` cookies or `session` cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.
We use Google Analytics Universal to analyse the use of our website. Our analytics service provider generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies.
Managing your cookies settings
Most browsers allow you to changing your settings and preferences for cookies. Use the links below to take a look at individual browser settings:
If you are using a browser we have not included above please refer to their website and support services.